Rune Factory Developer Neverland Ceasing Operations
In a bit of bad news this morning for fans of the Rune Factory series, developer Neverland has announced via its website that it will be ceasing operations. The series, which is a more fantastical take on the Harvest Moon franchise, has been around since 2006 on the Nintendo DS.
The statement published on the company’s website indicates that it has failed to raise additional investment funds despite the strong performance of Rune Factory 4 (released in October here in North America). The company will cease operations immediately and start bankruptcy proceedings.
Marvelous AQL has previously stated that Rune Factory 5 was in the cards. We’ve reached out to Marvelous AQL to see what the publisher has to say about the future of the franchise. For more on Rune Factory, check out our review of the fourth installment from last month.
Our thoughts are with the Neverland team. The Rune Factory series might not be wildly popular here in the United States, but it does have a following. Given the success of the most recent title, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Marvelous AQL finds another home for it, giving this story the thinnest of silver linings.