There was a lot to talk about from the PlayStation 5 Reveal Showcase back in June such as Spider-Man Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and the PlayStation 5 Console reveal itself. One reveal that surprised me was Kena: Bridge of Spirits. There are some games that have the ability to hook you in after one trailer such as Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and now I’m able to say the same for Kena.
Ember Lab, the developer behind Kena: Bridge of Spirits is most known for that viral short for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask back in November of 2016.
After the release of that short, Ember Lab was pretty discreet for a couple of years. To my knowledge, no interviews or public appearances were made from anyone on the team, and if there was, it was nothing of note. Their silence is all the more understandable when you realize that their next move after shorts and animated commercials would be a full-fledged video game.
As I mentioned earlier, the reveal trailer of Kena: Bridge of Spirits hooked me instantly mostly because of how gorgeous it looked, this game looks amazing, words can’t even do it justice. From the graphics to the music to the art style to the animation, everything about this game interests me, even the story which we know very little about. All we know in terms of narrative direction is that Kena is on “a quest to uncover the mysterious story surrounding the demise of the village”. I can’t give too much opinion other than I do think that Ember Lab will create an enthralling mystery story that will keep me engaged.
The hype for this game is extremely high as well and not just on my end either. You can just look at the response to the reveal of Kena: Bridge of Spirits back in June and see the unanimous praise from fans and critics alike. It hasn’t stopped either, whoever runs the Ember Lab Twitter Account does a fantastic job in terms of engagement with the fanbase, they reply to pretty much anyone who tweets them about Kena. I’ve seen so much fan art for a game that was announced only 2 months ago and isn’t even from a AAA studio. Last week during the PlayStation State of Play event, I remember looking through my timeline and seeing how many people were disappointed with Ember Lab’s absence from the showcase because they desperately can’t wait to see more of Kena. People are anticipating this title and it always pleases me when a developer that has a clear passion for a project gets the recognition they deserve.
It’s safe to say this game has the following it needs and deserves. I’m so happy that this game didn’t get lost in the shuffle behind all the other announcements at that PlayStation 5 Event Showcase. I think this game will shock people with all of its elements, next to Spider-Man Miles Morales and Cyberpunk 2077, Kena: Bridge of Spirits Is one of my most anticipated game of 2020.
Not to mention they’re already doing good with their fans by making sure that everyone who purchases Kena on PS4 will be able to upgrade to PS5 for free. I truly believe that Ember Lab will give us a game to remember and I can’t wait to play it later this year. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is set for release in Holiday 2020 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.