Submit a news tip

Rune Factory 5

Rune Factory 5 has reached a new sales milestone only a couple months after its English release. The game has topped 500,000 sales worldwide counting both digital and physical units. 

What’s important to note about this milestone is that these numbers are from March 31, 2022 (the end of Q1 sales period), and the English version of Rune Factory 5 released on March 22, 2021 in North America and March 25, 2022 in Europe. So, the sales attributed to the localized version are from only 9 days of being on the market.

That being the case, it is very likely this sales number will increase, and the game will reach a new milestone in a short amount of time. The last solid numbers from Japan showed 127,968 units being sold physically in that region, so it’s possible that a lot of purchases were made for the western version in its short market time.

Only time will tell, but for now the game reaching 500,000 units sold with only a year on the market is a big win for the franchise. The game is exclusive to the Switch as well, so these sales all coming from one platform show an impressive amount of support for the game. Hopefully, an update on these sales numbers will be released down the line. 


rune factory 5 english localization interview

Rune Factory 5 has technically been around for a year, but only in Japan. But just this week, the game made its debut in North America and Europe thanks to the localization efforts of XSEED.

John Wheeler, Lori Snyder, and Katherine Sargent are some of the key people behind Rune Factory 5’s English version as they contributed to the project as the localization manager, assistant localization manager, and localization editor respectively. Recently, we were able to catch up with them to talk more about their work. You can read our full discussion below for insight into the localization of Rune Factory 5.

Nintendo Everything recently had the opportunity to speak with Shiro Maekawa, the director of Rune Factory 5. We discussed a variety of topics including the lengthy wait since the series’ previous entry, the inclusion of same-sex relationships, and more. Maekawa also expressed interest in remakes / remasters of previous titles and indicated that it won’t be another ten years for a new Rune Factory game.

You can read our full discussion with Maekawa below. 

Rune Factory 5 guide tips

The latest entry in the fantasy farming RPG series, Rune Factory, has arrived today on Switch with Rune Factory 5. While series fans have been well seasoned in the series’ various systems, for first-time farmers we have a few quick tips for getting started.

Rune Factory 5 trailer

Rune Factory 5 has started to make its debut on Switch in the west today, and we have a new trailer to celebrate. Fans can get another look at the RPG sim title.

Here’s some information about the game:

Rune Factory 5 is launching in the West this week, and so we have some new footage from the start of the game to look at. About 69 minutes of gameplay are available.

Here’s an overview for the game:

rune factory 5 review

System: Switch
Release date: March 22, 2022
Developer: Hakama
Publisher: XSEED Games / Marvelous

The producer of the Rune Factory franchise, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, once summarized the games as “Harvest Moon where you wield a sword.” And while that’s technically true, it’s a bit reductive; not content in being merely another set of farming-focused slice of life experiences, the Rune Factory games lean deeper into the “role-playing” aspects of their fantasy settings, giving you more room to explore, fight, craft and shape your experience to your liking then Harvest Moon ever has. Rune Factory 5 is the first 3D entry in the franchise since 2011’s Tides of Destiny, and thus feels primed to capture the attention of more new fans than ever before. While this new entry may lack the overall polish in its mechanics and presentation that it deserves, Rune Factory 5 is still an overall rewarding experience full of charm that I thoroughly enjoyed.

XSEED and Marvelous have shared some new footage of Rune Factory 5 highlighting some of the activities you can engage in with the bachelors and bachelorettes of the game. Have a look at the video after the break.

XSEED and Marvelous have shared some new footage for Rune Factory 5 highlighting the game’s relationships. Check it out with the video below the break.

rune factory 5 bachelors and bachelorettes

XSEED and Marvelous have posted a pair of new Rune Factory 5 trailers introducing the game’s lineup of bachelors and bachelorettes.

On the bachelors side, we have: Martin the apprentice blacksmith, Reinhard the honorable knight, Cecil the apprentice detective, Murakumo the local innkeeper, Lucas the enigmatic gentleman, and Ryker the sleepy carpenter. The bachelorettes include Priscilla the friendly local, Scarlett the fellow SEED Ranger, Lucy who’s ready for a challenge, Fuuka the were-animal waitress, Ludmila the flirtatious succubus, and Beatrice the noble of Norad.

Manage Cookie Settings