Today, at PlayStation’s Future of Gaming event, indie studio Ember Lab revealed their upcoming title, Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
Founders Mike and Josh Grier founded Ember Lab together, and worked together to create this upcoming title.
“Ember Lab is a small team with a background in film and animation. Before transitioning into game development, we were a boutique studio specializing in character development for animated commercials.
As young kids, we moved around a lot, following our dad on various expat assignments. Games centered us and allowed us to feel at home no matter where we were. Our love of games pushed us to create the fan film Majora’s Mask – Terrible Fate. Creating Kena: Bridge of Spirits was the natural next step for us.”
The trailer shows off a beautiful sprawling environment populated with cute creatures, villages, and characters. Additionally, the reveal also featured some of the combat that will be available in the game. The protagonist appears to have a staff that doubles as a bow, and they battle large creatures made of wood and vine.
“Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a story-driven action adventure set in a charming world rich with exploration and fast-paced combat. Players find and grow a team of tiny spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment. Working with the support of Sony and the next-generation features of the PS5 gave us the opportunity to expand the immersive experience we envisioned and enhance the game’s unique play mechanics.”
The game will be released as an exclusive for the PlayStation 5, though an official release date has yet to be announced.
“We are proud to have maintained an indie spirit and singular vision while working with a global team of artists and developers to bring the game to life.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is truly a passion project born from our pursuit of creative storytelling, and we hope audiences around the world will love it as much as we do. We’re looking forward to sharing more about the project soon.”