Continuing to bring a range of niche games to PAL region markets, Marvelous Europe has this week released Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin onto the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 in Europe and Australia. The game will be available both digitally via the Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store, and physically while stocks last.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin follows the story of Princess Sakuna, a harvest goddess who is banished to an untamed island with a group of humans. As she explores the beautiful yet 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 humanity.
Developed by Edelweiss following a period of working on the shoot ’em up game Astebreed, their newest title seeks to return to their combat-focsed platforming roots, complemented by new rice-farming simulation elements. Promoted features of Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin include:
Refined Side-scrolling Platform Action
Using farm tools as weapons, chain together quick, heavy, and special attacks to take down demonic beasts, while mastering the magical “divine raiment” will be essential to grapple distant platforms, evade danger, and overcome powerful enemies.
Detailed 3D Simulation-style Gameplay
Learn the ancient art of agriculture by following detailed steps from planting to harvesting to cultivate the perfect crop. As a harvest goddess, Sakuna’s strength grows with each successful rice crop, with attributes such as aesthetic and flavour directly correlating to her combat abilities.
Creating a Home in the Wilderness
Sakuna’s mortal companions make weapons, armour, and meals for her using the materials and ingredients she gathers on her adventures, and completing quests for them will unlock even more options.
A Fresh Take on Japanese Mythology
The heroine is part of a pantheon of gods and demons inspired by traditional Japanese mythology but featuring many unique twists. The story and world are filled with lovingly rendered details, some familiar and some completely original.