Everything We Know About Kina: The Bridge of Souls

After several delays, Kena: Bridge of Spirits will finally launch next week, September 21. This whimsical game has been waiting for a long time, it was originally released with PlayStation 5 and is ready to be released with it. We marked the title on the cover, but if your memory becomes blurred, we will forgive you. Don’t be afraid, if you are still on the sidelines about whether Kena’s adventure is right for you, then this handy primer should give you an idea of ​​the main beats.

Who is making Kina: Bridge of Souls?

Kena is the debut work of Ember Lab, a small studio founded by brothers Mike and Josh Grier in 2009. The company specializes in producing animation content for enterprise groups such as Coca-Cola, MLB and KFC.Perhaps the studio’s most famous work is an animated short film The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask This quickly became popular in 2016. Through Kena, the studio applied its animation and world-building techniques to game development for the first time.

Who is Kaina?

Kena (pronounced “kay-na”) is a young spiritual guide and adventurous hero. She is responsible for helping troubled souls transition peacefully into the afterlife. When someone dies due to unresolved problems or trauma, their spirit may be trapped between the realm of the living and the dead. Wandering ghosts may cause trouble to the living, so Kona helps solve any problems they encounter to ensure a pleasant journey in the next life. Kena is also the only person who can eliminate the swallowing blight that is gradually sweeping the world.

what happened?

Believe it or not, we still don’t know anything about Kena’s plot other than the setting. Kina went to an abandoned village far from home to find a sacred mountain shrine. The surrounding land is under a mysterious curse, turning corrupted souls into dangerous monsters. She is the only one who can heal it and start doing it.

What kind of game is this?

Kena is a third-person action adventure game. The combat involves the use of Kaina’s magic wand to perform a basic melee combination of light and heavy attacks. She can also turn her cane into a spirit bow for ranged attacks. Kina also has a series of soul skills, such as the pulse bubble that can parry the incoming attack, and she can summon a soul dragon to provide additional combat power. Outside of combat, players can climb, swing, and similarly jump to the Uncharted series in the surrounding environment, while solving environmental puzzles to enter new areas. Kaina can also use her power to purify the path hindered by the growth of corruption. You will also help restless souls find peace by healing any problems that plague them, while gradually rebuilding and repopulating the abandoned village, which is your central area.

Is Kena set up in a large open world?

Do not.Previous Game informant Editor Jeff Cork best summarized Kena’s world design as “wide linear” in our cover story. You will follow a clear critical path, but you can branch to explore alternative routes that can lead to good things such as hidden rot.

rot? what are these?

Decay is the other star of the game. They are cute little creatures, responsible for breaking down and decomposing rotten materials to make way for new life. Therefore, they praised Kaina for her work in maintaining the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. When Kena connects with these little animals, they will follow along to help fight and solve mysteries. In the battle, Rot was too shy to lend a helping hand immediately, but the successive landing attacks filled the meter of Rot’s courage. Once full, players can summon rot to enhance their attack power to launch a more effective form of attack. You can also send Rot to distract the enemy, forcing them to give up their defense to provide a window of attack.

Up to 100 Rot can be obtained, 60 of which are optional. You will find Rot hidden under rocks, in hanging fruits, and in other corners and crevices. The more decay you have, the stronger your attacks, and the more help you have outside of combat. You can even personalize your Rot by buying a variety of cute hats for them to wear.

hat? Does this mean microtransactions?

There are no microtransactions in “Kena: Bridge of Spirits”. You use in-game currency to buy items from suppliers.

Will rot die?

No, thank goodness. Although Rot and Pikmin have similar gameplay, these little guys are not that vulnerable, so you don’t have to worry about losing your lovely companions in battle. Feel free to throw them at as many monsters as you see fit!

How long does Kena take and how much does it cost?

According to Ember Labs, Kena takes 8-10 hours to complete, while the completer takes nearly 12 hours. The budget price reflects the $39.99 range on all platforms. There is also a deluxe version for $49.99.

On which platforms is Kena available?

Kena: Bridge of Spirits will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC through the Epic Games Store. This is a purely digital game, but Ember Lab said it may launch a physical version in the future.

What is the difference between PS5 and PS4?

We haven’t seen the footage of the game running on the PS4, but we know that on the PS5, you will see more decay on the screen and the leaves appear denser. The haptic feedback of the DualSense controller creates realistic tension when the bowstring is pulled back and other sensory functions.

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