Announced in 2020, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an upcoming game developed by Ember Lab. It will be released for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 as well as PC. Recently, the co-creators of Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Josh Grier and Mike Grier (who, as you might guess from their last names, are brothers), revealed how the game will be utilizing the PS5’s DualSense controller and its unique features.
In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine UK, part of which can be found on PlayStation Universe, the Grier brothers spoke about how the DualSense’s adaptive triggers will be used in Kena: Bridge of Spirits. For instance, when Kena is using her bow and arrow, the triggers will react to your actions. There will be a “little bit of resistance on the right trigger that tightens as you full draw. When you do have the string fully drawn the bow has more power and more accuracy and you’ll feel that tension in the trigger as you pull back”. If it sounds confusing, fear not. The Grier brothers do mention that there will be mini-games to help you acclimate to the bow and its functions.
The DualSense’s haptic feedback, which is a great step up from the rumble technology that gave the previous DualShock controllers their name, will also be used in Kena: Bridge of Spirits. According to Ember Lab, haptics will be used on both Kena’s abilities and shield.
For those looking for a bit of background information on Kena: Bridge of Spirits, KeenGamer has an article outlining the details released thus far. It is an adventure game that features the eponymous Kena who is a spirit guide that helps troubled souls finally transition to the spirit world. Also making an appearance in the game are the Rot who are a bunch of cute, black fluff balls that Kena can use to help her solve problems throughout her journey.
If Kena: Bridge of Spirits reminds you of a Pixar movie, that is no mistake. As KeenGamer has previously discussed, Ember Lab is a studio that is also responsible for the animated short film Majora’s Mask: Terrible Fate. Although it was originally slated for a 2020 release, the game has been delayed until 2021. If the game appeals to you but you have yet to invest in next-gen hardware, do not fret. Ember Lab has promised that PS4 players will be able to upgrade their game to the PS5 version at no extra cost.