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Rune Factory developer Neverland files for bankruptcy

Rune Factory developer Neverland has filed for bankruptcy and halted all current project. It comes after an eleventh-hour funding drive failed to rescue the Japanese company.

Siliconera reports - via Game Jouhou - that an official Neverland statement cited changes in the business environment as a key issue behind its losses, and that it will begin bankruptcy proceedings soon.

Rune Factory 4 was the studios last effort, published under Marvelous AQL. GI.biz adds that it was the series' fastest-selling entry to date with 150,000 unit sold as of September 2012, but it hasn't helped steer the firm away from financial trouble. Neverland was founded in 1993.

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