Rune Factory 5 (ルーンファクトリー5, Rūn Fakutorī 5) is the latest entry in the Rune Factory series. It was released for the Nintendo Switch on May 20, 2021 in Japan, and March 22, 2022 in North America. It is set to release in Europe on March 25, 2022.
Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy world in the latest entry in the Rune Factory simulation RPG series. After losing their memory, the protagonist lands in a town named Rigbarth. There, they are recruited into a band of peacekeeping rangers, and their new life begins. The protagonist then rushes to help the girl from the monster, and is thanked for helping her, then invites them to a security organization called Seed. In order to protect the peace of the town, the protagonist must solve various cases.
In addition to their normal duties, the protagonist can tend the farm, cast a line into the nearby river, and many more! Team up with townspeople to battle monsters and unleash powerful attacks.
In the Kingdom of Norad, a girl wanders in the forest by herself. She is nearly attacked by a Wooly and screams. Lying on the ground nearby, the protagonist wakes up without memories but realizes the girl needs help. After defeating the monsters, the two return to the girl's town, but the protagonist collapses at the gate. While Lucy is attempting to take a step out of town, Priscilla and Lucy witness the protagonist collapse and rush over to help.
The player wakes up at the clinic and meets Simone and Murakumo, revealing to both of them that they suffer from amnesia. Lucy is not sure if they should allow the player to stay, but her mother suggests they try the Soul Sphere. She goes to Seed Station and introduce them to Livia. As the player touches the Soul Sphere, it shines brightly, surprising everyone. Livia says that the player is not dangerous.
Livia offers to let the protagonist live at the Rigbarth Outpost in exchanging for helping Seed. Suddenly, Cecil bursts in and says says Yuki's glasses are missing. Livia sends Lucy and the protagonists agrees to work together. Livia tells Priscilla to take the protagonist to the fields and teach about farming.
Priscilla takes the protagonist to the field, gives the protagonist a worn-out hoe, watering can, and turnip seeds. She explains how crops can be harvested and eaten raw, cooked, or shipped (by 8 AM each morning). She shows the protagonist the free lodging at Rigbarth Outpost. She tells the protagonist to get some rest.
The next day, Lucy and Priscilla deliver a message from Livia telling the protagonist to meet all the villagers. After talking to each villager, the protagonist will see Lucy chasing Julian. They attempt to catch him and will find him about to fight with Hina, though Hina wins and Julian vows to beat her next time.
Due to the success of Rune Factory 4, the creator, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, said the game’s reception was good enough to green light a sequel in a Famitsu article, though did not say that it was in development. During the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, it was announced that Rune Factory 5 was in development.
In the May 2019 issue of Nintendo Dream, two developers (Maekawa and Hashimoto) said that they are excited for the games progress and hoped people will like it. During Marvelous' latest financial results briefing, they said that Rune Factory 5 will "definitely not" release before April 2020.. On July 25, 2019, a teaser trailer was shown during the end of a Rune Factory 4 Special livestream On September 17, 2020, a gameplay trailer for Rune Factory 5 was shown off in a Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase.
- Beyond the Blue Yonder
- Cooking Recipes
- Forging Weapons
- Crafting Accessories
- Players with Rune Factory 4 Special save data will receive two special guest characters from Rune Factory 4.
- The title screen changes depending on the season of the last loaded save game.
- The intro video changes after certain events in game. The first intro video shows the main characters rotating golden hoops with their fingers. The second video plays out differently.
- You can change the soundtrack to hear previous Rune Factory Titles music instead.
- Official Website
- Sega Asia (Korean)
- Sega Asia (Chinese)
- XSEED Games Reveals Mar. 22, 2022 Release Date for Rune Factory 5 in North America
- Marvelous Europe
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