Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
| Developer: Edelweiss |
| Publisher: XSEED Games |
| Platform: PS4, PC |
| Release Date: 2018 |
| Genre: Side-scrolling, Action, Platformer |
| Website: http://www.xseedgames.com |
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a side-scrolling action platformer inspired by Japanese mythology that breaks up the action with rice growing sim gameplay. 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 chaining attacks with her “celestial scarf,” a magical item that allows her to grapple distant enemies and platforms. The game’s painstakingly researched story incorporates Japanese history and legend, with its heroine facing off against numerous types of demons great and small as she traverses detailed landscapes.
In addition to serving as a love letter to Japanese mythology, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to the artistry of cultivating rice, and features an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture.
E3 Reveals & Announcements
JUNE 3, 2017: XSEED GAMES BRINGS GIRL POWER, NEWLY REVEALED TITLES, AND FAN APPEARANCE WITH SENRAN KAGURA PRODUCER TO E3 2017
Experience First-ever Hands on with Today’s Announced ‘Zwei: The Illvard Insurrection’ Action RPG from Nihon Falcom, Recently Revealed ‘Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin,’ and ‘SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash’ Plus Nintendo Switch Versions of Fan-favorite Titles
Torrance, Calif. – June 2, 2017 – XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced its exciting lineup of games, both newly announced and reintroduced via new platforms, which will be playable for the very first time at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) from June 13 – 15 in Los Angeles. Revealed today is Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection for Windows PC, a quirky and charmingly presented 3D action RPG from acclaimed developer Nihon Falcom, which was originally released in Japan as Zwei II Plus.
The company will also showcase a number of titles that star powerful, distinctive female protagonists, including SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash and Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the upcoming Nintendo Switch™ edition of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero with its feature-rich Risky Boots DLC, and the upcoming Nintendo Switch edition of Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star.
As the show is open to the public this year, SENRAN KAGURA series producer Kenichiro Takaki will attend for his first-ever American fan appearance, which will take place on Thursday, June 15 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM PDT. In addition, XSEED Games will be selling games and merchandise from their online store at their booth for the entirety of the show.
“For XSEED Games, E3 has always been a time of excitement, as it’s our opportunity to share upcoming titles with the industry,” said Ken Berry, Executive Vice President at Marvelous USA. “This year, I’m overjoyed that fans are able to be a part of that experience. Not only do we have a fantastic lineup of titles at the show, it’s also rather diverse in terms of themes and genres, and we invite everyone to stop by the booth and check us out.”
“I’m very much looking forward to meeting fans of my work at E3,” said Kenichiro Takaki, SENRAN KAGURA Producer at Honey ∞ Parade Games. “I never thought that the series would leave Japan when I createdSENRAN KAGURA, but now that it has gained fans worldwide, I want to meet them and am so happy that Marvelous and E3 has allowed me to do just that.”
XSEED Games will be located in the West Hall, Booth #4700. The following titles have not yet been rated by the ESRB unless stated otherwise.