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The 7th Rune Factory game, and the first new entry for the Nintendo Switch note . It was announced in the February 2019 Nintendo Direct and launched in Japan on May 20, 2021, with a scheduled Chinese/Korean release September 2, 2021, and an international release in early 2022. The game is the first in the series to be fully developed by Marvelous AQL after the series' initial developer, Neverland Co., filed for bankruptcy in November 2013.



  • Adventure Guild: "Seed", an organization of peacekeeping rangers that the protagonist becomes a part of. It was originally formed by vigilantes trying to aid victims of the long-lasting conflict between the Norad Kingdom and the Sechs Empire.
  • Alternate Character Reading: 亜人, normally read as ajin and typically translated as demihuman, is specifically noted to be read as wereanimal in regards to characters like Fuuka or Murakumo.
  • Brainwashed: Happens to a lot of characters, including most of Rigbarth, during the story, with Laedia being a notable case.
  • Character Development: The Rune Factory series as whole features this trope, and this entry is no exception.
  • Distant Sequel: This game takes place several decades after the previous entry.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The One from the Darkness came from outside of the game's world.
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  • Everyone Is Bi: All bachelorettes and bachelors are attracted to both...(regardless of gender) and there is an option for the protagonists choose opposite or same gender marriages.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: As it currently stands, the game has performance issues, usually in the form of lag, and may crash randomly. There is an autosave feature, but a failure to manually save often can easily put players back a day, forcing players to make up lost progress. Patches have been implemented to address these issues, but some problems persist and more patches are on the way.
  • Gay Option: Unlike the previous games, this is the first game that features a option that both protagonists can choose to marry one of the bachelorettes or bachelors of the same gender. This is only for the English, French, and German versions, but the Japanese edition will be patched in a later date.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: It can bring back Lucas' memory, though this might only be a quality of the lightning of a particular location.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At one point in the story, the villain uses a weapon that, among other things, causes almost everyone in the game to forget things, such as the names of other people.
    • The protagonist and Lucas also start the game with amnesia, but still recall their names, basic knowledge of the world, and, in the case of Lucas, knowledge of gems and ores.
  • Little Bit Beastly: This entry introduces a new race of people called wereanimals, who have canine-like traits.
  • Not the Intended Use: Talking to characters has an unintended benefit early on in the game. Your RP slowly recovers over real time while standing still, and talking with someone pauses in game time. Livia, who is always downstairs from your room, can be used as a free RP refill while crafting if you don't mind waiting a couple real minutes and only costs you the few minutes of game time for moving between her and the crafting tables. The effectiveness of this wears off the higher your RP is, as the wait will be much longer, but by that point making food in large amounts to keep your RP up should be simple.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • XSEED Games (the translators) chose to localize Rigbarth's resident dwarf's name (originally Dogu /ドグ) as Darroch, because another Doug (of Rune Factory 4 and whose original name is Dagu / ダグ) is visiting the town.
    • Also happened with two new characters, Luukasu / ルーカス (a mysterious gentleman who has lost his memories) and Ryuka / リュカ (the apprentice of the resident architect, Palmo Creacie de Sainte-Coquille). As told on
      XSEED Games: Ryuka can be rendered several different ways in English, including Laika, Luca, and — you guessed it — Lucas. (Fun fact: the Japanese name of Lucas from the EarthBound series is Ryuka.) Since Ryuka has more possible translations than Luukasu, we chose to localize it with an R to distinguish him from Lucas, hence the name “Ryker.”
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The One from Darkness was sealed away long ago. It gets un-sealed at the end of the main storyline.


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