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Rune Factory 5: Release Date, Gameplay, Bachelors, Bachelorettes, Pre Order, Trailer And More



Rune Factory 5 will be making its way over to the UK and we have all of the information you will need to know.

The role-playing simulation series was launched in Japan last May for the Nintendo Switch already as development for an EU version of the game continues.

It was up in the air for some time whether there would be a fifth edition of Rune Factory following the bankruptcy of the original developers Neverland Co back in 2013, with Japanese developers Marvelous taking the reigns five years later.

In what has been described as a “heartwarming RPG”, the rural town of Rigbarth is the location for the game with players taking control of a peacekeeping ranger, taking on mythical beasts as well as more mundane tasks such as harvesting crops.

Shortly after its release in Japan, Gematsu reported that Rune Factory 5 topped the charts with 102,853 retail copies sold, and Xseed will hoping for similar figures, if not better, when the game arrives in the UK.

Enough talk! Here is everything that we know about Rune Factory 5 so far:

Release Date

Rune Factory 5 was released in Japan earlier this year.

Rune Factory 5 will be launched on Friday 25th March 2022, according to Nintendo


This fantasy world takes you to the town of Rigbarth and you take control of a hero who has a blank memory and ends up joining a small group of rangers. Players can take control of either a male or female character as they begin their adventure of battling monsters and maintaining peace in this wide world.

Tasks such as fishing and growing crops need to be carried to get by, as well as taking part in social interactions that will ultimately lead to marriage with one of the bachelors or bachelorettes listed below.

Bachelors & Bachelorettes

Here is a list of the Bachelors and bachelorettes you can take control of in Rune Factory 5:


  • Knight Reinhard
  • Blacksmith Martin
  • Cecil (Martin’s younger brother)
  • Murakamo
  • Traveller Lucas
  • Apprentice Ryker


  • Half-elf Scarlett
  • Priscilla
  • Lucy
  • Wereanimal Fuka
  • Ludmilla
  • Beatrice

Pre Order

Rune Factory 5 was released in Japan earlier this year.

Great news, Rune Factory fans! The game is available to pre-order right now from the following retailers:


Here is the trailer that was recently showcased by Nintendo via their official YouTube channel:


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Will you be pre-ordering Rune Factory 5? Is it for the game or the Wooly bag tag alone? Get in touch and let us know!

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Trevor Noah blasts Joe Biden’s South Africa travel ban as ‘bulls***’



Trevor Noah has hit out as President Joe Biden’s ban on travel from South Africa and multiple other countries over the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Last Friday (26 November), the White House announced new rules that restricted travel between the US and several African nations as the virus continued to spread across the region.

Comedian Noah, criticised the decision on The Daily Show. He stated: “As a South African, I think this travel ban is total bulls***.”

He added: “Omicron has already been done in over a dozen countries around the world. We don’t know where it started. We don’t know how long it’s been around. It’s everywhere – from Hong Kong, to Israel, to Spain.”

Noah also slammed the decision to only ban travel between the US and African countries despite the fact the variant has already spread across the globe, including to the UK. Noah said: “Why aren’t you banning travel from all of those countries too? Huh? Only the African countries? I still don’t get the logic. You think Omicron is going to get to Europe and then just decide to stay there?”

He also said that the decision to ban travel between countries will also negatively affect the reporting of new variants of the virus: “You do realise that other countries are paying attention. And they realise that if they’re going to get punished for telling the world about new variants, they’re going to stop telling the world whenever their scientists discover new variants.”

As well as South Africa, Biden’s travel ban affects Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Eswatini and Namibia.

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has also criticised the travel ban. He said there was no scientific basis for the ban and would further damage South Africa’s economy.

Ramaphosa said: “The only thing the prohibition on travel will do is to further damage the economies of the affected countries and undermine their ability to respond to, and recover from, the pandemic.”

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Eric Zemmour, Far-Right Pundit Often Compared to Donald Trump, Running for French Presidency



Eric Zemmour, a far-right former TV pundit with multiple hate speech convictions, officially announced his candidacy for the French presidency Tuesday.

According to The Associated Press, the author and former journalist has polled in the low double digits since September despite having no hands-on political experience. Many have compared him to former U.S. President Donald Trump.

Zemmour made the candidacy announcement with a pre-recorded video filled with far-right anti-immigration and anti-Islam sentiments. In the video, Zemmour, reading from notes and speaking into a microphone, said France is “in the process of disappearing” due to immigration.

“You feel that you are no longer in the country that you knew,” Zemmour said. “Your feel like foreigners in your own country. You are exiles, from the inside.”

The video’s messaging was clear, showing mostly white men making honest livings as teachers and business leaders, while people of color were shown lining up for food and in tent cities filled with litter.

Then Zemmour warned supporters to be ready for the campaign ahead, saying they could face backlash for supporting him.

“They will tell you that you are racist,” he said. “They will say the worst things about me.”

Current French President Emmanuel Macron’s interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, called the video “absolutely revolting.”

Macron is expected to run in the April election for a second term, though he has not announced his candidacy yet.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Eric Zemmour, far-right
Far-right political talk-show star Eric Zemmour has officially entered the race for France’s presidency, having already shaken it up with his anti-immigration, anti-Islam invective. Above, Zemmour acknowledges applauses as he arrived on stage during a meeting to promote his latest book “La France n’a pas dit son dernier mot” (France has not yet said its last word) in Versailles, west of Paris, Oct. 19.
Michel Euler, File/AP Photo

The launch of Eric Zemmour’s run for the presidency made official a candidacy that had been gathering steam for months before it then stumbled of late — notably after the 63-year-old raised a middle finger at a woman who did likewise to him over the weekend.

That flash of temper — which Zemmour later acknowledged on Twitter was “very inelegant” — cast fresh doubt on his temperament and electability.

Name-dropping Joan of Arc, Napoléon Bonaparte, Gen. Charles de Gaulle and others who shaped France’s history, Zemmour announced his candidacy for the election in a pre-recorded video. The pose evoked imagery of radio addresses that De Gaulle famously delivered during World War II, urging France to rally against Nazi Germany.

But the message Zemmour delivered was steeped in far-right thinking and language and far from that of the wartime leader who later served as president from 1959-1969.

The people that Zemmour was shown meeting in the video and the campaign supporters and crowds filmed at his rallies were nearly all white. And the vast majority of people shown doing jobs in the video — a mathematics teacher, a nuclear worker, cooks, suited business leaders, a butcher, a cattle farmer and others — were nearly all white men.

People of color, in contrast, were shown lining up for food handouts, pushing into a crowded train, milling around in a litter-strewn tent city and on a street corner and, in a scene at the start, seemingly taking part in a street deal. Other images showed Paris streets filled with Muslims kneeling down in prayer. Images of women protesting, some with breasts bared, were cut with violent scenes of people attacking police.

“It is no longer time to reform France but to save it,” Zemmour said. “That is why I have decided to stand in the presidential election.”

Zemmour joins a crowded spectrum of candidates, from far-left to far right. Polls have for months given Macron a sizeable but not impregnable lead over Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader roundly beaten by Macron in the presidential run-off in 2017. The 2022 campaign seemed likely to be a sequel of that battle before Zemmour started siphoning off Le Pen supporters.

The campaign launch video left many questions unanswered about Zemmour’s election platform. He didn’t mention France’s resurgent coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed 119,000 people. He spoke of creating jobs, building France’s industries and reducing its debts but didn’t say how.

The group SOS Racisme said Zemmour’s video demonstrated “pathological racism.”

Eric Zemmour, French president candidate
Eric Zemmour announced his French presidential candidacy in a video attempting to evoke imagery of Charles de Gaulle’s famous WWII radio addresses. Above, Zemmour delivers a speech to announce his candidacy in a video broadcast on social media, on Nov. 3 in Paris.
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All adults to be offered third Covid jab by end of January, says Boris Johnson | Coronavirus



Every eligible adult in the UK should be offered a Covid booster by the end of January as ministers race to increase protection against the Omicron variant, Boris Johnson has announced.

“We’re going to be throwing everything at it, to ensure everyone eligible is offered a booster in just over two months,” the prime minister said, adding that he would be getting his own third vaccine on Thursday.

He said the government’s aim was for the pace of the rollout to match that seen for earlier courses of the vaccine. “There will be temporary vaccine centres popping up like Christmas trees,” he said.

As before, age groups will be invited one at a time, eldest to youngest, to receive their booster. “We’ll move down the cohorts rapidly,” Johnson said.

The prime minister was speaking at a Downing Street press conference alongside the health secretary, Sajid Javid, and the chief executive of NHS England, Amanda Pritchard.

Shortly before the briefing began, the UK Health Security Agency announced that a further eight cases of the Omicron variant had been discovered in England, bringing the UK total to 22.

The prime minister urged the public not to be gloomy about news of the emergence of the new variant, insisting the country was in a much better position with vaccines available. “Right now, our best single defence against Omicron is to get vaccinated and to get boosted,” the prime minister said.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended on Monday that all over-18s be offered a third jab, and the gap between the second and third doses be halved to three months.

Javid said: “We’re now able to put our booster programme on steroids, and protect even more people, even more quickly … If we want to give ourselves the chance of a Christmas with our loved ones, the best thing we can do is step up, roll up our sleeves, and get protected when the time comes.”

Pritchard said for the time being only those already eligible for a booster, which includes over-40s whose second jab was six months ago, would be able to book an appointment, and it would later be opened more widely. She urged people to wait until they are contacted by the NHS before trying to book.

Pritchard said the NHS now has almost 3,000 vaccination sites available across the UK. But she stressed that while the NHS was confident it could meet the end-January target for offering all adults a booster, she warned “it can’t happen overnight”, pointing to the pressures on health service staff.

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