First Public Demo in Japan for Action Platformer + Rice Cultivation Sim Hybrid on PlayStation®4 by Edelweiss, Creators of Critically Acclaimed “Astebreed”
XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that Marvelous Inc. will be showcasing Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin at BitSummit Volume 6, which takes place on May 12-13 in Kyoto, Japan at Miyako Messe. Developed by Edelweiss, the talented indie creators of the highly rated sci-fi shoot-’em-up Astebreed, Sakuna offers a genre-defying mixture of side-scrolling action with the complexities of rice cultivation set against a mystical backdrop based on Japanese mythology.
About Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
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.
Marvelous Inc. will be located at Miyako Messe in the 2nd Exhibition Hall, Floor 1. In addition to Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, the company will have a playable demo on PlayStation 4 for X-Morph: Defense, and giveaways for participating attendees.
Created by Edelweiss and published in North America by XSEED Games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is in development for the PS4™ system and Windows PC in North America. This title has not yet been rated by the ESRB.