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Rune Factory 5

After a lengthy absence, the Rune Factory series is returning in a big way. Rune Factory 4 Special gets things started this year, followed by the series’ next official entry – Rune Factory 5 – in 2020.

According to Marvelous, there was interest in making a fifth entry. However, without knowing which hardware they’d make it for, they couldn’t really proceed with the game. After Switch was selling really well, that’s when they started talking about Rune Factory 5 again.

Marvelous has previously said that Rune Factory 4 Special, an updated version of the 3DS game, is being introduced “as a means to reintroduce what Rune Factory is as a series, and for the fans who are looking forward to 5. You can read our full translation of that developer interview here.

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During a live stream today, Marvelous debuted the first teaser trailer for Rune Factory 5. We’ve included the video below.

Rune Factory 5 launches in 2020. The game will have data linkage with Rune Factory 4 Special in the form of two special guest characters.

Marvelous has announced that the next Rune Factory 4 Special live stream is taking place on July 25. It’ll kick off at 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET / 12 PM in the UK / 1 PM in Europe. Aside from regulars like Shiro Maekawa, a “secret” will be attending.

Expect the latest news and footage during this week’s stream. We’ll also be getting an update on Rune Factory 5.

Here’s where you’ll be able to watch the stream:

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Marvelous held its latest live stream for Rune Factory 4 Special today. Aside from showing the latest footage, details were provided on the Another Episode mode.

Here’s the full rundown:

We don’t know a whole lot about Rune Factory 5 yet, except a vague release date of “2020”. At their recent final results briefing, Marvelous offered a bit more insight. They stated that Rune Factory 5 will “definitely not” be released in the current fiscal year, i.e. before March 2020. Instead, they hope to release the game in the following fiscal year, meaning sometime between April 2020 and March 2021.

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In last month’s issue of Nintendo Dream, the Japanese magazine published an interview all about the Rune Factory series. The main focus was Rune Factory 4 Special and topics like bringing back the game for Switch, but there was also some brief Rune Factory 5 talk.

We’ve translated the full interview, which you can find below. It’s with Yoshifumi Hashimoto, president and representative director of Hakama as well as Marvelous game planner Shirou Maekawa.

Marvelous wrapped up its live stream for Rune Factory 4 Special a short while ago. It was filled with plenty of footage, a new trailer, and more.

We’ve included the recording below, which has gameplay sprinkled throughout. You can also find an official upload of the latest trailer.

Marvelous has announced a live stream for the Rune Factory series that will be held very soon. Along with showcasing gameplay from Rune Factory 4 Special, the latest information on Rune Factory 5 will be provided.

The stream should go live on April 4 at the following times:

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Rune Factory may not be the biggest franchise around, but fans have been clamoring for its return. It’s been several years since the series’ last entry, Rune Factory 4. As we found out in this week’s Nintendo Direct, Rune Factory is coming back in a big way starting this year.

Rune Factory 4 Special kicks things off for 2019. The Switch version of the 3DS title drops later this year in the west, but Japan has a confirmed release date of July 25.

Rune Factory 5 was also announced in this week’s Nintendo Direct. Unfortunately, almost no information has been said about the game thus far. The Nintendo Direct didn’t mention it, but we do actually know that it’s due out sometime in 2020. A teaser site can be found here.