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Astebreed Studio’s Newest Game, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, Heads West on PC and PS4

XSEED Games has announced a western release for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin.

The game is the latest release from Astebreed studio Edelweiss, which they first revealed at last year’s Comiket. The title is set for a release next year for both PC and PlayStation 4. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the upcoming shmup / hybrid.

Described as a “genre-defying mixture of side-scrolling action with the complexities of rice cultivation set against the mystical backdrop of Japanese mythology,” the game will be playable in English for the first time at this year’s E3.

Check out the game’s beautiful key art below:

Here’s a rundown on the game, via XSEED Games:


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.

Developed 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 and is scheduled for release in 2018. This title has not yet been rated by the ESRB.


In case you missed our review for their previous game, Astebreed, you can find that here (we highly recommend it!).

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18 comments
  1. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    June 2, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Looks pretty interesting. Asterbreed had some unique ideas, so this has potential.

  2. 2501
    2501
    June 2, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Been a big fan of Edelweiss since Ether Vapor, it’s nice to see the studio make something different.

  3. Magus KilIer
    Magus KilIer
    June 2, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    These are the guys who made Fairy Bloom Freesia, i wouldn’t be surprised if this turns out to be a solid beat em up

  4. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    June 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Looks fun.

  5. catazxy
    catazxy
    June 2, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Pretty cute.

  6. Jettythesunfish
    Jettythesunfish
    June 2, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Freesia was fun but aggravating at times. Hopefully this’ll just be plain fun.

  7. buddyluv324
    buddyluv324
    June 2, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Definitely will be looking out for this one at E3. Looks to have potential.

  8. EroBotan
    EroBotan
    June 2, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    looking forward to grow my own rice field! can we make mochi too?

  9. RichardGristle
    RichardGristle
    June 3, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Kawaii AF

  10. Slizzl
    Slizzl
    June 3, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Let’s make some fucking rice

  11. Feniks
    Feniks
    June 3, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Sounds intriguing.
    Too bad the average gamer would rather kill themselves than learn something.

  12. KiddyCorky
    KiddyCorky
    June 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    2.5D Muramasa Rebirth anyone?

  13. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    June 3, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Been meaning to check out Freesia for a very long time. This game looks cool and it’s gonna be a long wait, so I think I’ll check out Freesia in the mean time. Thanks for the info!

  14. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    June 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Have you seen Fairy Bloom Freesia? It’s the same developer.

  15. BentoBlame
    BentoBlame
    June 4, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Looking forward to this one, I enjoyed Fairy Bloom Freesia a lot.

  16. 2501
    2501
    June 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I have but i find that game to be very flawed, a beat-em up with no invincibility-frames and getting stunlocked to death is just no fun for me.

  17. Jettythesunfish
    Jettythesunfish
    June 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Wait, what?