After watching trailers for it last year during E3 (remember when we had E3?), we will finally be playing Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin on November 10th. Coming from the two-man team behind Astebreed, you’ll be put into the shoes of a goddess who has been banished to an island to take on demons and help the local inhabitants.
It’s a split experience that is both farming and fighting. As a harvest goddess, Sakuna will help plant the rice and tend the crop to harvest. The quality of the harvest will have a direct influence on her ability to kick monster butt. That’s the fighting part I mentioned. Using weapons, armor, and tools created by your villagers, she’ll have to keep everyone safe in side-scrolling, platforming action. These two different aspects of gameplay will be wrapped in traditional Japanese mythology with some surprises thrown into the mix.
Director Nal (who is 33% of the development team at Edelweiss) was happy to be able to finally announce the release date and had this to say to fans:
“We’re elated to finally announce that Sakuna will be available worldwide in just a few months. So much care has been put into bringing our vision for Sakuna and her world to life. Five years ago it was just the two of us with a dream, then character artist Ryota Murayama-san and composer Hiroyuki Oshima-san joined, and now, we’re in the home stretch thanks to our partners. We are counting down the days until we can introduce you to Sakuna, her friends, the joy and serenity of traditional rice cultivation, and all of the demons she’ll defeat with her farming tools.”
If you are a person who loves physical games, you can choose between two versions. The regular version will run you $39.99. The “Divine Edition” will cost $59.99 and include the game, a 130 page artbook measuring 8.2″ x 5.8″, the game’s full OST of 42 songs on 3 CDs, and a Japanese omamori charm measuring “2 x 3” all contained in a nice box. I’ll post a picture at the bottom, so you can see what your extra money buys. You can pre-order either edition right now on the XSEED Games Store.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin will be available on November 10th.
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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.