Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin may be one of the most unique games announced at E3. As Sakuna, a harvest goddess, you live out your lazy life in the capitol until you are banished to an island to investigate why demons are invading and harassing the local populace. It happens to be the same island where your parents met and defeated some powerful foe in the past.
When you get to the island, they want you to earn your keep. You will need to participate in farming, and the trailer shows you tilling, planting, and harvesting to keep from starving. This leads to a lot of complaining and a sore back and muscles.
You will need to work with the villagers to ensure everyone survives, but it’s not limited to keeping food on the table. The other half of Sakuna is a side-scrolling action game. There are baddies to beat, including skeleton monsters and wild animals, and protecting the villagers by hunting will keep a spoiled goddess very busy.
The game is being developed by Edelweiss, the creators of Astebreed. It looks to be a very different game with a farming sim, crafting, and action rolled into one package, but I’m digging the genre blending. It could be something very interesting when it launches this winter.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.