Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin has been one of the most unique upcoming titles in the Nintendo Switch library since its announcement. Coming from publisher XSEED Games and two-man Japanese developer Edelweiss, it is a combination of action sidescroller and farming simulation wrapped in a package of vibrant graphics. Now, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin preorders have begun, including a $39.99 standard edition and a $59.99 Divine Edition that comes with extra goodies. However, the game still does not have a set release date.
As you can see below, the Divine Edition comes with a 3-disc soundtrack, an 8.2″ x 5.8″ 130-page art book, a 2″ x 3″ Japanese omamori charm, and a custom box with an exclusive illustration to house it all. It looks about as attractive as the game itself!
Here’s a brief synopsis of the story of Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin: “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 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.”
I actually previewed this title at E3 2019 and enjoyed it quite a bit, as it had surprisingly deliberate and thoughtful gameplay for being an action sidescroller. I also had the privilege to interview Edelweiss at the XSEED booth, where we discussed many facets of the game, including how the game was inspired by ActRaiser and Devil May Cry.
We live in an age that is rightfully wearier of preorders, but I can at least vouch that what I played of Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin was on the right track. Do you think you might preorder this unique combo of action and simulation?