Kena Bridge of Spirits: free upgrade from PS4 to PS5, the confirmation of Ember Lab

Kena Bridge of Spirits: free upgrade from PS4 to PS5, the confirmation of Ember Lab

Kena Bridge of Spirits

Among the most anticipated games of 2021, Kena Bridge of Spirits has finally received a release date on the occasion of the last PlayStation State of Play. The launch of the promising adventure of Ember Lab is currently scheduled on PC via the Epic Games Store and exclusively on PlayStation 4 and PS5 consoles for August 24, 2021.

There was only one last aspect to clarify, namely the plan for the graphic and technical update from PS4 to PS5, which fortunately will be free. In the night, answering a question from a curious fan on Twitter, the development team confirmed that on the Sony home platforms a single purchase will be enough to take advantage of Kena Bridge of Spirits on both consoles: the upgrade from PS4 and PS5 will be in fact totally free. In all probability many of you had already imagined it, but confirmation from Ember Lab was equally welcome.

Kena: Bridge of Spirts is an action-adventure game that will feature a young heroine of name Kena embark on a journey to heal her world. Once majestic, she has been struck by a strange curse that has drained life from the forests. During this quest she will be able to rely on shy and illusory spirits called Rot, who give the young girl new skills that allow her to transform the environment. The game immediately captured our attention for the fascinating artistic style and the superfine technique with which the characters and settings were modeled. On PlayStation 5 it will also fully exploit the potential of DualSense. You will know more by reading the preview of Kena Bridge of Spirits curated by Giuseppe Arace.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits trailer is a beautiful Pixar-like fantasy adventure

Kena: Bridge of Spirits dropped a gameplay trailer showing off how the Asian-inspired fantasy world will play and new details about the game.

The trailer features Kena, the adventurous heroine who is on a quest to reach the Sacred Mountain Shrine. Kena will encounter a colorful cast of humans and supernatural creatures as she navigates a dangerous land with trapped spirits and buried secrets.

Right off the bat, there’s one thing you’ll immediately notice: This game is gorgeous. Ember Lab, the developer behind Kena: Bridge of Souls, was first founded as an animation studio in 2009 and it shows. Kena will be the studio’s very first video game.

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Kena wields a magical staff, as seen in the trailer, which is capable of being wielded as both a quarterstaff, bow and even a shield. The cute little companions who follow her are intuitively named Rot. They’re friendly creatures that help Kena by completing small tasks or distracting enemies.

And don’t let the children’s cartoon vibe fool you. Not everything in Kena’s world is cute and cuddly. As we can see by the big bad monster at the end of the trailer, this is a game that’s going to have a bit of edge to it.

The Kena trailer has made a small but significant splash on Reddit, where it’s being excitedly discussed as the next great indie game.

“I want this game badly,” a Reddit user wrote. “I missed games like these.”

However, some users were concerned that the trailer was all flash with no substance. Despite being marketed as a gameplay trailer, most of it was actually cinematic footage and there was no UI present in the combat scenes.

“I hate to be the Debbie Downer, but gentle reminder that gameplay trailers are absolutely fraudulent until proven otherwise, especially for anticipated games,” a commenter warned.

It’s true that the game looks a bit sparse right now. But if huge, sprawling campaigns aren’t your bag, then Kena might be a good title to pick up. According to Ember Lab’s Twitter account, you should be able to finish the game from start to finish over a single weekend.

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC on Aug. 24, 2021.

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