Image: Marvelous (XSEED)The March arrival of Rune Factory 5 on Switch in North America and Europe was very welcome, following its initial release in Japan back in May 2021. The excellent Rune Factory 4 Special also graced the Switch in early 2020, so the RPG / farm-sin series has been quite well served on Nintendo’s hybrid.
The IP’s fans seems to have shown up in decent numbers for the latest release, too, with XSEED Games confirming that Rune Factory 5 has sold over 500,000 copies globally on Switch. We know that in Japan alone it’ll have sold more than 130,000 copies, so in under two months in the ‘West’ it’s picked up a decent number of sales.
It’s a decent entry in the series, too, albeit not necessarily a standout or leap forward; we gave it 7/10 in our review and said the following:
Is Rune Factory 5 for you? Well, that depends. Do you like RPGs or farm sims? If you answered yes to either or both, then you’re sure to find something you’ll love in this release. Even so, it might be worth waiting for a modest sale before you take the plunge. The relaxing pace, RPG elements, and charming aesthetic make this a compelling experience, but issues with poor performance, disappointing visuals, and sometimes clunky gameplay hold Rune Factory 5 back from greatness. If 3D visuals aren’t a dealbreaker for you, we’d recommend you pick up Rune Factory 4 Special first, as it’s cheaper and oddly feels more modern in some respects. Despite flawed execution, we’d still give Rune Factory 5 a recommendation — if its precise and unique genre blend really clicks with you, you’ll forgive many a flaw. Just know that it doesn’t truly excel in any area.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve picked up Rune Factory 5, and what you make of its sales numbers to date.
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