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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Thanks to PIE International, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is getting an official art book. It will include character designs plus sketches, prop designs, background art, package illustrations, and more. The book will also have comments from director Nal, main artist Ryota Murayama, and Koichi (general / planning assistance).

What might be the most noteworthy aspect of the book is that it will actually feature English text. It’ll be included right alongside all of the Japanese information. The book has thus far only been announced for Japan, but even if we don’t see it in North America / Europe, importing will be an option. Play-Asia actually already has pre-orders here.

Below are a few preview pages from the Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin art book:

A new addition to the Good Smile Nendoroid line is now available for pre-order. This is the Princess Sakuna Nendoroid based on the character from Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin.

This figurine is available for pre-order until October 20, 2021 and it is expected to ship in July 2022. It will be $68.99 and it features a couple of swappable face plates (for a standard and smiling expression), as well as a ton of interchangeable tools from the game for Sakuna to hold.

The full details of this figurine are included below as well as some pictures of it. It can be pre-ordered at this link.

Metallic Child is teaming up with Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin as part of a new collaboration, Crest announced this week. Actual details have not been provided at this time. We only know that Princess Sakuna will be appearing in the game in some fashion. We’ll pass along more information about the DLC once it’s announced. For now, check out the teaser image above.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin continues to maintain its presence throughout games as a whole since we originally saw it last November. Just a few days ago, it was revealed that the “Princess Sakuna’s Heavenly Garb” outfit will be made available soon in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town. Additionally, spirits based on the title were added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate earlier in the summer. A special Pop Up Parade figure is also in the pipeline.

Metallic Child is a rogue-lite core-action game featuring the android known as Rona, and is set in a space laboratory in the not-to-distant future. The game will be out for Switch on September 16. Although it will be digital-only in the west, you can import a physical copy from Asia with English support – we have more details about that with pre-order information here.

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While a Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Nendoroid is on the way for Princess Sakuna, the character is also getting a new Pop Up Parade figure.

Here’s the official product description:

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is adding new spirits based on Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, Nintendo has announced. Players can earn three in total as part of the game’s latest event.

The Spirit Board event featuring Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin begins on July 16. It will last a total of five days.

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin has received a new update worldwide. The Switch version is now at version 1.0.7.

Today’s update contains a new feature: the ability to hold a dog and a cat at once. Additionally, your dog will now come running to greet you when you return home from adventuring. The update also contains various balancing adjustments, other improvements, and support for Latin American Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin has hit an impressive sales milestone. Counting both physical and digital units, the game has sold over a million copies worldwide. This is far surpassing the developer’s initial sales target of 30,000 according to a statement released by Marvelous.

Seeing that the game has smashed it’s initial target, it means good thing for the developer and the possibility of the sequel.

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Total worldwide physical and digital sales for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin have surpassed 950,000 units as of March 31, publisher Marvelous and developer Edelweiss have stated. The last milestone reached was 850,000 total unit sales on January 29th. The game originally launched on Switch and other platforms back in November of last year. Check out our full review here, or see the overview of the game after the break:

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin has just hit an impressive sales mark since its November 10 release. Marvelous has announced that the game has moved over 850,000 units worldwide both digitally and physically.

The publisher did not specify how many of those sales were of Switch copies, but it was reported back in November that the Switch version pre-orders were “2-to-1 over PS4.” Either way, this is quite the feat for a game that has only been out for a few months, and hopefully the sales numbers will continue to climb.

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While DLC is not likely on the horizon for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, developer Edelweiss is hopeful for a sequel. The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu quotes Edelweiss’ Koichi as saying, “There aren’t any plans for downloadable content, but we’d like to do a sequel if the opportunity arises,” and Nal adding “While we don’t have any concrete plans for a sequel, I have nothing but gratitude for the fans. When the timing is right, I hope we can live up to their expectations.”

Player feedback was also considered by the team, with a response to the difficulty of rice planting in particular, “Despite requests from staff, we were resolute in not implementing functionality to be able to plant the rice in an orderly manner,” the developer said. “We didn’t want it to be a process that you could finish with the push of a button.”

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin arrived on Switch back on November 10th — are you keen for a sequel, and are you enjoying the game so far?

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