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Kena: Bridge of Spirits: Release date, trailer, gameplay & the Rot

Published: 10/May/2021 19:02 Updated: 10/May/2021 19:13

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits features a new female protagonist stepping into the spotlight in her own gorgeous story that looks right out of a Pixar movie. Here’s everything we know about the anticipated PlayStation and PC-exclusive title.

Revealed all the way back in June 2020, this story-driven action-adventure sees the titular Kena teaming up with a slew of cute little spirits known as the Rot to explore a breathtaking world.

With an emphasis on combat, puzzles, and exploration, fans of games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted will undoubtedly be drawn to this highly stylized adventure.

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Ember Lab
Bridge of Spirits follows Kena on her journey to oversee the deceased traveling over to the spirit world.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits release date

Currently, players can expect an August 2021 release. The game was initially slated to release back at the end of 2020, but was eventually delayed. At the February 25 PlayStation State of Play, Sony revealed its new release date for August 24, 2021.

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Though the game is a timed PlayStation console-exclusive, the title will also be available to play on PC on the day of release.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits trailers

The only look into gameplay that we’ve seen so far was through the announcement trailer that was released in June 2020. While predominantly CGI-based, we were treated to a few small glimpses of how the world will look for players.

In these glimpses, we saw Kena battling a variety of enemies in gorgeous locales, with dazzling effects that showcase the fantastic power of next-gen and PC capabilities.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Announcement Trailer

What is Bridge of Spirits about?

The Eastern-inspired theme is highlighted in Kena: Bridge of Spirits throughout the trailer, with the narrator telling Kena that she is yet to understand the power that flows through the land.

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The overarching theme of gameplay seems to take players on a journey to cleanse the darkness from spirits as they attempt to cross over – embarking on a journey of self-discovery throughout.

The narrator concludes that Kena is “driven by the belief that [she] can help these troubled spirits, but [she] cannot hide [her] weakness from me.”

Gameplay

Featuring a Far-Cry-esque hub world that is improved and restored throughout gameplay, the story will also explore Kena’s personal struggles while attempting to help those stranded between realms.

The Rot will accompany you throughout gameplay, and will aid players in battle once enemies have initially been damaged enough. They’re also customizable – with cute hats!

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Predominantly combat-based, player’s will be able to utilize Kena’s staff to perform charged, heavy, and light skill attacks. With upgradeable skills such as a magical bow and defense abilities, players will be able to improve throughout the game’s story.

Kena’s Pulse ability also provides players with ways to highlight clues, distract enemies and move objects in the world.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits pre-order bonus

On May 10, Ember Lab revealed that the game will have a pre-order bonus for PS5, PlayStation 4, and PC players.

If you pre-purchase through the PS Store or Epic Games Store, you’ll be given an exclusive and unique Rot hat, shaped like a classic party hat.

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For now, this is all the information on Kena: Bridge of Spirits, as of May 2021. Stay tuned here at Dexerto for all updates regarding this upcoming title.