During E3 2019, XSEED Games announced that Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is coming to Nintendo Switch in addition to the previously announced PlayStation 4 and PC platforms. A new trailer and screenshots for the game have also been posted.
This is the third year that Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin has been present at XSEED's E3 booth, and after a few delays, the game is set to release this winter. We checked out the game once again during the show, but our impressions from E3 2018 seem to hold up. Hopefully, we don't have to wait much longer to play the final release.
Find the latest trailer, fact sheet, and screenshot/artwork set below:
- Title: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
- Publisher: XSEED Games
- Platform: PlayStation 4 / Nintendo Switch / Windows PC
- Release Date: This Winter
- Genre: Action/Simulation
- Players: 1 player
In the opulent celestial capital of the Lofty Realm, the spoiled harvest goddess Sakuna whiles away her life in luxury, resting on the laurels of her late parents. Below, in the Lowly Realm, a vicious mountain bandit chases a group of desperate humans to the edge of a cliff. A bridge between the two realms appears, and there the paths of Sakuna and the humans cross.
In the commotion that follows, the goddess and the waylaid humans cause a great explosion that earns them the ire of the celestial ruler. She exiles them to Hinoe Island, a place situated at the border of heavens and earth that Sakuna’s parents once called home, and commands them to reclaim it.
As the daughter of a warrior god and harvest goddess, Sakuna must rediscover her birthright in this wild place by fighting against both the elements and monsters, and by cultivating the soil. And by helping her, the humans banished with her may yet find the reason to live that had been stolen from them in the strife of Japan’s Warring States period. Together, these unlikely companions must join hands and tame both the soil and the demons of Hinoe Island.
Developed by Edelweiss, the two-man team behind acclaimed indie darling Astebreed, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humans. In addition to being a fresh take on Japanese mythology and a love letter to action games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to rice and an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture.
Refined Side-scrolling Platform Action
Using farm implements as weapons, chain together strong, weak, and special attacks to take down animal demons, though mastery of the magical “divine raiment” will be crucial to advanced techniques such as grappling distant platforms and enemies.
Detailed 3D Simulation-style Gameplay
Return from your adventures to a village where you can craft weapons, cook food, and farm rice. Follow detailed steps from planting to harvesting across the seasons to master cultivation and develop your character.
Stunning Environments and Enemies Inspired by Japanese Legend
A painstakingly researched and rendered story, the heroine will face off against numerous types of demons great and small as she traverses detailed landscapes rich with the iconography of classic Japanese mythology.
A Moving Story about Finding One’s Place
Through her life in the village, the player will learn more and more about these humans and, hopefully, help find ways to heal their souls.