Neverland Company, the developers of Lufia, Rune Factory, and the Shining Force Neo and EXA games, will cease operations on November 29 2013 because they have failed to successfully raise funds to continue their business. In a few days they will officially begin bankruptcy proceedings.
I guess I'll never play a Rune Factory game now.
What! If there was ever a time for that Star Wars NOOOOOOO picture it is now. I just discovered how great Rune Factory 3 is (should have been in the DS top 20 list). Please tell me that Rune Factory games will not cease to be made. Sad news indeed.
I didn't even realize this happened until just now when i randomly looked for news about Lufia. I don't know how Rune Factor 4 did but it's pretty well known that Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals crashed really, really hard. It launched at like, 17th in sales for its first week, got lukewarm review from Famitsu and was largely ignored in the States despite decent reviews. After a game crashes that hard its hard to expect good news, I guess.
Really makes me sad because I think every time Neverland made a Lufia game it was pretty good (YMMV with III, but I thought it was pretty ambitious for a GBC title). Likely we'll never see another Lufia game again.
Dunno if it's a seperate team, but the Rune Factory team is said to be working on a new game