One of the games showcased during Sony’s Future of Gaming event in June was Kena: Bridge of Spirits. The game is developed by Ember Lab and is set to be released in late 2020. During Ember Lab’s presentation we were given little information save for a captivating trailer and a promise that it would be a story about “personal growth and redemption”. Since then, more info has been released about Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
In an interview with GameInformer, the team at Ember Lab revealed that Kena is the name of the protagonist. More specifically, she is a spirit guide who assists those who have suffered trauma, and thus linger between the physical and spirit world. By helping them resolve their issues, she allows them to move on. Some info was also revealed about Kena: Bridge of Spirits‘ setting. According to the team at Ember Lab, the game is set in a fictional location that draws inspiration from many Eastern places such as Japan and Bali.
Those who have seen the trailer for the game will have noticed a bunch of little black critters following Kena around. Info has been given on them and their role in Kena: Bridge of Spirits. They are the Rot, and they decompose things. However, as bad as they may sound, they also serve a useful role to Kena. As is explained:
Kena can direct them to move things around to help her. Can’t cross a big gap? Maybe they can pull a broken bridge back into shape temporarily. Can’t climb up to that ledge? They can maneuver a block into position and give her a boost. In combat, Kena can tap into the Rot to distract enemies or infuse her attacks with special power.
Amusingly, you will also be able to dress the Rot up in different hats. The game will be available on PS4 and PS5. However, there will be some key differences between the two versions. When giving info on the game, Screenrant explains that the PS5 will be able to load up Kena: Bridge of Spirits in just 2 seconds thanks to the console’s SSD. Furthermore, only on the PS5 will all the Rot be visible simultaneously, and the foliage and forests will be denser. While Ember Lab has yet to confirm a price, they have stated that you will be able to upgrade from PS4 to PS5 at no extra cost.
With a new generation of gaming on the horizon, it is interesting to see the ways developers are taking advantage of new technology. Info revealed on Kena: Bridge of Spirits indicates that it will serve as a fine introduction to an era of gaming with minimal load times.The game will also be available on PC via Epic Games Store.