As announced during Nintendo's most recent Indie World Showcase, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is getting delayed into next year. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin was set to be released later this year. The announcement was confirmed by the developer Edelweiss as well as publisher/localizer Marvelous. An action RPG starring a harvest goddess, Sakuna blends Japanese mythology with Edelweiss's penchant for well-oiled combat. Their previous game, a shoot-'em-up by the name of Astebreed, was a critical darling, so there are high hopes for Edelweiss's next project. Sakuna is currently slated to get a release for the Switch, PS4, and PC. We don't know when we'll get our hands on Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, but it'll now happen sometime next year.
Blending an action RPG with farming simulation elements is no easy task, especially when steeping it in classic mythology. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin seeks to do just that. As Sakuna, you're banished to a lonely island inhabited by dangerous monsters and otherwise hostile locals. Through the power of farming rice, Sakuna can increase her abilities, as well as fend off her foes. She makes use of farming implements as weapons alongside cultivating relationships with the citizens.
Since the release of Stardew Valley some five years ago, farming simulators have enjoyed a moment in the indie gaming scene. As the natural evolution of classic Harvest Moon games, the well-crafted world and its underlying charm won over audiences worldwide and spawned numerous imitators. Still, for a game to focus exclusively on farming one specific crop, as well as feature some stylish sidescrolling action is unique enough to take note. English localization is coming, though there's no word yet on a simultaneous release, or if there will be a localization delay. We'll be able to play through Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin when it launches sometime in 2020.