Probably the most prominently featured games during the PlayStation 5 live streaming events, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, will not be released this year anymore.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a fantasy action-adventure game where players can control various spiritual pets. The game’s cartoonish visuals and strange gameplay has captured the eyes of PlayStation fans. However, what was once a PlayStation 5 launch game is now being delayed to another window that’s less jam-packed.
The holdup announcement was revealed today by Ember Labs, Kena’s developer, on social media. The developers first defined how excited they were in developing Kena in the last few months and how much the project meant for the team.
However, the struggles of 2020 have hit the studio pretty hard. Similar to other studios, Ember Lab specified one particular reason why Kena’s development has been really slow – the transition of working from home.
Ember Lab posted on their official Twitter account that they “have not made the decision lightly” and that the extra time is what Ember Labs believes is best for Kena but for their staffs’ health as well. Healthy developers produce great games, and with this extra time, those developers guarantee that they would be able to polish Kena up to what its fans deserve.
Getting a game’s release delayed is really disheartening but gamers who are looking forward to the next-gen games won’t have to wait too much longer. Kena was initially announced as a late-2020 launch. Ember Labs now revealed that the new release window for the game will be in the first quarter of 2021 which is barely a considerable delay at all.
***An update to our Kena community*** pic.twitter.com/rKoy33YWKZ
— Kena: Bridge of Spirits (@emberlab) September 11, 2020
If anything, this delay means a lot to gamers planning to buy a PlayStation 5. It’s already confirmed that the next-gen console will only have limited stocks upon launch and every new month means a notable increase in PlayStation 5 users.
Chances are the PlayStation 5 will eve still be short in supply during the 2020’s first quarter. For a juvenile studio like Ember Labs, the extra PlayStation 5 owners could be the difference between success and failure.
Fans are guaranteed that more details about Kena will be revealed soon. Whether it’s another delay or more teaser trailers, Sony is definitely keeping the limelight on Kena regardless of when it is released.