In March, Rune Factory 5 received a story and gameplay trailer that revealed the Japanese launch date, May 20. With no mention of a Western release date at that point, it was assumed that the title would be dropped for English speakers later in the year. However, Xseed Games (which is publishing the game for the West) recently revealed its E3 2021 schedule, and it seems like Rune Factory 5 will be pushed back to an early 2022 launch instead.
No reason has been given for why the game was delayed, but Xseed stated that Rune Factory 5 and other titles from the publisher would appear during the E3 2021 Future Games Show. According to the details shared by Xseed, Rune Factory 5 will most likely be receiving new information and gameplay at E3. Furthermore, there will be at least three new Xseed games announcements incoming during the show.
Xseed will also be hosting two additional Twitch livestreams later on during E3. The first is for Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed, which will air on June 14 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. On June 15, there will be the Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle livestream at 5 PM PT, featuring Rowan’s voice actor Joe Zieja as a special guest.