Kena: Bridge of Spirits was released in September, received wide acclaim (including 9 of our 10 points) and performed well in terms of sales. According to developer Ember Labs, the development cost of this game has reached breakeven.
In the interview Bloomberg, Ember Lab principals Josh and Mike Grier discussed Kena’s path from development to release. To their surprise, this game is clearly selling well. Although they did not disclose the specific sales figures, they said that it has recovered the initial development costs. It is unclear how much money Kena has behind it, but this is good news for small studios.
“It’s hard to say what great success is,” Josh said in the article. “Sony is very happy.”
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a third-person action-adventure game starring the soul guide Kena, who instructs a small animal named Rot to cleanse a land plagued by supernatural diseases. In the process, you will assist the wayward souls to transport them to the afterlife, and actions include melee and long-range combat. The game has an old-fashioned linear design and scope, and it is very eye-catching in the art department (Ember Labs is an animation studio after all). Kena can be purchased through the Epic Games Store on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Be sure to read the full interview to learn more about the pre-release marketing of “Kena: Bridge of Spirits” and our extensive background on the game itself.