Nintendo helped convince XSEED to bring Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin to Switch, pre-orders are “2-to-1 over PS4”
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin wasn’t always planned for Switch. However, the decision to support the system ultimately worked out for XSEED and the team at Edelweiss.
XSEED Games executive vice president Kenji Hosoi told Siliconera that Nintendo reached out multiple times. There was some hesitation at first since it would impact the original plans and schedule, but a Switch version has paid off so far. Hosoi revealed that pre-orders on Switch are “about a 2-to-1 over PS4.”
Hosoi’s full words:
“Initially our plan was to release on PC and PS4 only, but after Sakuna was announced as being in the works, our Nintendo contact at the time reached out to us on more than one occasion to consider releasing the game on the Nintendo Switch as well.
We were initially hesitant on the first few reach-outs, as it just was not part of the original plan and we would have had to reschedule everything, but after multiple talks with Nintendo and hearing how passionate they were about the game, we ultimately decided to release the game on the Switch as well.
That wasn’t an easy ask for Edelweiss, but we all agreed that Switch would be a great platform for the game. In hindsight, we’re glad we took their request seriously as we have nothing but appreciation towards Nintendo for actively showcasing the game, and in terms of sales impact, we’re seeing great launch orders on the Switch – about a 2-to-1 over PS4.”
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin launches for Switch on November 10 in North America and November 20 in Europe.