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After the closure of Japanese developer Neverland in November last year due to sluggish performance, along with further bad news of the cancellation of its most recent title, Rune Factory 4 for the 3DS in Europe, the chances of the fourth entry in the beloved series being released outside of North America were significantly reduced.

Until now, that is. In surprisingly welcome news, Rune Factory 4 has reportedly been rated by the USK — Germany’s videogame rating board — with both XSEED Games and Marvelous AQL listed as the title’s publishers. According to XSEED, the publisher has been holding back on an official announcement until the game passed Nintendo of Europe’s certification process, but is sure a release is imminent since development has been swapped over to a different programming house to pick up from where the original team left off.

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Although XSEED is yet to confirm exactly which development house is behind the PAL localisation, it has revealed the game has been in the works for months, and the master submission process is scheduled to begin within the coming weeks — it'll be an eShop-only release in the region.

Rune Factory 4 is a critically acclaimed RPG experience for the 3DS that we described as a “gem of a game”, awarding it with a 9/10 when it was released in North America. If you live in Europe, let us know in the comments if this one is back on your radar.

[source siliconera.com]