Rune Factory 4 is another excellent title in the ever-growing list of 3DS RPG experiences, though as per its series it has its own rather quirky blend of play styles — dating and farming join heroic questing. We described it as a "gem of a game" and awarded it 9/10 when it was released in North America.

As is often the case, the title had a separate publisher in Europe — XSEED Games did the honours in North America — and Marvelous AQL Europe was in charge. Unfortunately, the publisher has now cancelled the release that had tentatively been set for Spring this year; part of the official statement is below.

We regret to inform you that the European release of Rune Factory 4 for Nintendo 3DS has been cancelled.

While Marvelous AQL has made every effort to secure the title’s release for this territory, it is, unfortunately, not possible to do so at this time.

MAQL and MAQL Europe would like to thank everyone for their support and enthusiasm for their European releases. Please look forward to announcements on new MAQL titles over the coming months.

This not only deprives Europe of an excellent game, but brings home a worrying possibility that the franchise has seen its last days in the region; Rune Factory series developer Neverland closed its doors last year. Marvelous AQL could yet, of course, revive the series with a different developer, especially as the fourth entry was the fastest-selling in the franchises' history.

Were you hoping to pick up Rune Factory 4 in Europe?

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