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Sakuna : Of Rice and Ruin is the newest Spirit event for Smash Bros

Published: 02:24, 14 July 2021
XSEED Games
Fitting that a Spirit event involves Deities
Fitting that a Spirit event involves Deities

In the recent tweet, from the Japanese Smash Bros Twitter profile, the newest event has been revealed. While the game may not be as famous, compared to previous Spirit events, it is certainly one with its own charm.

Spoiled harvest goddess Sakuna finds herself banished from her opulent celestial home to an island overrun with demons. In the untamed wilderness, she must rediscover her birthright as the daughter of a warrior god and harvest goddess by weathering the elements, fighting monsters, and cultivating rice, the source of her power. By her side in this forbidding place is her guardian Tama and a group of outcast humans. Together, these unlikely companions must join hands to tame both the soil and the demons of Hinoe Island.

Developed by Edelweiss, the indie team behind the acclaimed Astebreed, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and rice cultivation in a powerful tale about finding one's place in the world. It is almost a ghibli movie, with its emphasis on hard work, relationships, and becoming a better person. Of course, rice!

There are four key features to the game, for those of you that may wish to give it a try before this Friday, July 16, when the event starts. Or perhaps afterward, if it captivates your interest.  

Refined Side-scrolling Platforming Action

Using farm tools as weapons chain together quick, heavy, and special attacks to take down demonic beasts, while mastering the magical “divine raiment” will be essential to grapple distant platforms, evade danger, and overcome powerful enemies.

Detailed 3D Simulation-style Gameplay

Learn the ancient art of agriculture by following detailed steps from planting to harvesting to cultivate the perfect crop. As a harvest goddess, Sakuna’s strength grows with each rice crop, with attributes such as aesthetic and flavor directly correlating to her combat abilities.

XSEED Games Sakuna in all her "Divine" glory Sakuna in all her "Divine" glory

Creating a Home in the Wilderness

Sakuna’s mortal companions make weapons, armor, and meals for her using the materials and ingredients she gathers on her adventures, and completing quests for them will unlock even more options.

Fresh Take on Japanese Mythology

The heroine is part of a pantheon of gods and demons inspired by traditional Japanese mythology but featuring many unique twists. The story and world are filled with lovingly rendered details, some familiar and some completely original.

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