XSEED Games Executive Vice President Kenji Hosoi shared an interesting tidbit of information about the pre-orders for Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin in an interview.
According to Hosoi, the addition of a Switch release alongside the original PC and PS4 versions was due to Nintendo expressing an interest in the title. Subsequently, the game was promoted across various Nintendo presentations, which bolstered pre-orders on the hybrid console so much that it ended up surpassing the PS4 by double the amount!
Hosoi: 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.
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