Rune Factory is a popular franchise among RPG lovers. The series developed by Neverland and later Hakama for the Nintendo video game consoles have a special place among the gaming community. The game is a spin-off of the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons game series. The Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons series producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, describes Rune Factory games as Harvest Moon, where you wield a sword. Ever since Rune Factory 4 back in 2012, fans have been waiting for the next installment in the franchise. This article will be looking in detail at Rune Factory 5, its release date, and what we know so far about this role-playing simulation game.
Together, they begin to work in a small town called Rigbarth. But life here is not always peaceful. The main character has to protect their small town against the monsters to maintain peace. Players can choose between Ares or Alice as their male or female hero. Not only that, the players can romance with many characters in-game, whom they will come across once in a while.
Rune Factory 5 Release Date
Even though the Rune Factory 5 was initially released in Japan on May 20, 2021, this game has not been globally launched yet. Compared with its predecessor, the franchise has followed a similar one-year period for global launch followed by its initial Japanese launch.
So when is Rune Factory 5 coming to the USA, Europe, and Global market? The Rune Factory 5’s release date for the USA is set for March 22, 2022, and the European release date is set for March 25, 2022, 3 days after its American release. The game was initially set to release last year, but plans were shifted to this year.
Where to Pre-order?
Xseed games have opened the pre-order for the upcoming game Rune Factory 5 and the Rune Factory 5 Earthmate Edition. You can order Rune Factory 5 through Amazon and many other retailers, including the official Xseed Games website and Nintendo eShop. Not only that, but Xseed games will also release a limited edition Rune Factory 5 Earthmate Edition alongside the Rune Factory 5 release. Gamers can also pre-order the limited edition through Official retail Channels now.
Rune Factory 5 and Rune Factory Earthmate Edition Price
As for the price, Rune Factory 5 is expected to start from $59.99 to all the way up to $89.99, where you can get the limited edition as well as a digital Delux version. The base game will be available to purchase both in digital and retail stores. At the same time, the Rune Factory 5 Digital Delux version will come with 13 in-game costumes from Rune Factory 4.
The exact number of costumes will be available for ‘Earthmate Edition’, which will be available at a price of $69.99. The Rune Factory 5 Earthmate Edition pre-order will get you a Custom outer box with artwork from series illustrator Minako Iwasaki and Rune Factory 5 Nintendo Switch game card with an exclusive SteelBook case.
There will also be a large 5.8″ by 8.2″ softcover artbook with over 70 pages of character illustrations, concept arts, and many more. Other than the artworks, the Rune factory 5 Earthmate Edition bought from amazon or any other official outlets will bring you the ‘Melodies of Norad’ soundtrack CD with 15 songs specially selected from the entire Rune Factory library.
Here is the Gameplay Trailer for the Nintendo Switch Exclusive – Rune Factory 5:
Rune factory 5 will be only available exclusively to Nintendo Switch with no official plans confirmed for PC or other next-gen platforms or consoles. But considering Rune Factory 4 Special was launched for PS4, Xbox One, and PC; there might be a chance that we may soon be able to play the Nintendo exclusive on PC, PS5, and Xbox X/S. As for Rune Factory 5 release date for PC and other platforms, we need to wait till any official confirmation is made by the developers.