Kena: Bridge of Spirits was released in September with mostly positive reviews (including 9 out of 10 from us) and has done well in sales. So much so that, according to developer Ember Labs, the game has already broken development costs.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Ember Lab directors Josh and Mike Grier discussed Kena’s path from development to release. To their surprise, the game appears to have sold well, and while they don’t reveal specific sales numbers, they say it has already amortized the initial development costs. It’s unclear how much money Kena put into this, but that’s great news for the little studio.
“It’s hard to say what a big hit is,” Josh said in the article. “Sony is happy.”
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a third-person action-adventure title starring Kena, a spirit guide who leads little creatures called Red to cleanse a land plagued by a supernatural plague. Along the way, you help renegade souls bring them to the afterlife, while the action consists of hand-to-hand and long-range combat. The game has a linear design and old-school scope, and it’s also a real head-turner in the art department (Ember Labs, after all, has proven itself as an animation studio). Kena is available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC through the Epic Games Store.
Be sure to read the full interview to find out more about Kena: Bridge of Spirits’ pre-release marketing, as well as our coverage hub with in-depth background on the game itself.[Source: Bloomberg]