Rune Factory Developer Files for Bankruptcy

The developer of the Rune Factory series, Neverland, announced today they would be ceasing operations, according to their official website.

The Rune Factory series is a spin-off of Harvest Moon, borrowing many of the same farming and socializing mechanics while adding weapon forging and dungeon crawling. The most recent installment, Rune Factory 4, was the fastest-selling game in the series to date. Unfortunately, it seems even that wasn’t enough, as the Japanese company cited a changing business environment and an inability to find funding as the primary factors resulting in their bankruptcy.

This announcement means the previously confirmed Rune Factory 5 most likely won’t see the light of day, a dismal fate for a beloved franchise.