Publishers XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe announced that the fifth installment in the Rune Factory series Rune Factory 5, will release for Nintendo Switch on March 22, 2022 in North America and March 25 in Europe. The game released in Japan on May 20 and was initially slated to release in North America and Europe this year but was delayed. A new trailer was also revealed.
Developed by Marvelous Inc. and published in North America by XSEED Games and Europe by Marvelous Europe, Rune Factory 5 was first announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation in February 2019.
XSEED Games and Marvelous describe the game as:
Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy world with the latest entry in the Rune Factory simulation RPG series. After losing their memory, the hero lands in a small town blessed by nature. There, they are recruited into an organization of peacekeeping rangers known as SEED, and their new life begins. In addition to their normal duties of helping villagers, investigating rune-related mysteries, and rounding up rowdy monsters, leisure activities bring an equal amount of excitement. Whether spending time growing crops on a dragon’s back, embarking on fishing expeditions, prospecting the mountains for ore, or participating in local festivals, there are countless ways for Earthmates to relax after a hard day of adventuring.
Relationships that players foster with townsfolk provide additional depth to combat with brand-new link attacks, or at home with the newly introduced co-op cooking feature. As players grow closer to the twelve eligible marriage candidates and learn more about them through unique storylines, they can propose to their true love to begin a family of their own. Love knows no boundaries, and for the first time in the series Earthmates can choose any of the twelve eligible marriage candidates regardless of gender, which fans can get an in-depth behind-the-scenes look on how it came to fruition in our newly posted localization blog. The stage is set, and the curtain rises on an exciting new adventure in Rune Factory 5!
Source: press release