XSEED Reveals Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin as Part of Their E3 2017 Lineup

on May 31, 2017 2:30 PM

XSEED announced they will be localizing the title Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, coming to PlayStation 4 and PC in 2018.

The Doujin game plays like an action side-scroller with an added farming system. The cultivation systems of the game has to do with with the “Rice” portion of the game’s title, where players farm products against a Japanese mythology backdrop.

The publisher details further:

In Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, players take on the role of Sakuna, a proud yet lonely harvest goddess who is banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. Sakuna tames the island by defeating demons using farm tools as weapons while also making ample use of her “celestial scarf,” a magical item that allows her to grapple distant enemies and platforms. Along the way, she establishes a home in a mountain village, which serves as a base of operations for crafting weapons and cooking food. Additionally, as a harvest goddess, she grows rice by following a detailed process that encompasses everything from planting to harvesting. Through this process, across each of the four seasons, she’s able to improve the harvest and hone her battle skills alike.

The painstakingly researched storyline incorporates Japanese history and legend, with its heroine facing off against numerous types of demons, great and small, as she traverses detailed landscapes rich with the iconography of classic Japanese mythology. A love letter to Japanese culture, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is also an ode to the artistry of cultivating rice, and features an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture.

You can check out new screenshots below along with gameplay from Comiket 91 (2016) for a preview of the game’s mechanics:

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Azario Lopez has held multiple positions in the game's media industry. At DualShockers he focuses on providing coverage for niche and indie video games in the form of news updates, reviews, and interviews.