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Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Ember Lab
Release Date: Sept. 21, 2021

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'Kena: Bridge Of Spirits' Anniversary Update Comes To PlayStation And PC Next Month, Including Steam Debut

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2022 @ 8:58 a.m. PDT

A story-driven action-adventure, Kena: Bridge of Spirits seamlessly blends narrative with exploration, puzzle-solving, and fast-paced combat for a beautiful, immersive journey.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits combines exploration with fast-paced combat. Untangle the past as Kena, a young Spirit Guide in search of the sacred Mountain Shrine. Help free the spirits trapped in a forgotten village with the help of the Rot, Kena's adorable (yet powerful) spirit companions.

This gorgeous adventure takes players on a journey of self-discovery as Kena restores balance to an ancient village in a once-thriving environment. Players take on the role of Kena, a young Spirit Guide on a quest to uncover the mysterious story surrounding the demise of the village. Using her staff and the help of her collection of tiny companions known as the Rot, the player will disarm adversaries, unlock new skills, uncover secrets, and restore the beauty of the land.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the first game from Ember Lab, a small indie studio that honed its skills creating character-driven animated commercials and branded game apps for clients such as Coca-Cola, Major League Baseball, and Hisense. The studio was formed in 2009 by brothers Josh and Mike Grier with the mission to tell great stories with universal appeal. Ember Lab is a tight-knit team of 14 that seeks out and collaborates with emerging talent and developers worldwide.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Anniversary Update comes to PS4, PS5, PC (Steam/Epic Games Store) on September 27, 2022.

Explore brand new features including: New Game+, Trials, Outfits & more!

  • New Game+: Begin a new adventure after completing the game, starting with all your abilities, upgrades, and Rot as you face new combat encounters, challenges and unique enemies.
  • Spirit Guide Trials: Sharpen your skills and unlock rewards in The Trials, including: Wave Defenses, Obstacle Courses, and the chance to take on key boss-fights again and again.
  • Outfits: Unlock brand new outfits for Kena to wear by mastering The Trials.
  • Charmstones: Discover Charmstones that can be equipped to provide different advantages and disadvantages to customize your playstyle.
  • Enhanced Photo Mode: Includes more fun poses, unique lighting setups, and even a moving camera feature!

New Game+

Once players have completed the game, they will have the opportunity to convert their save file into a New Game+ game. From there, they will restart Kena’s journey with all of their previously unlocked Abilities, Upgrades, Outfits, Rot, etc. as they face redesigned and more challenging combat encounters. Combat encounters adjustments even include new enemy types unique to NG+. Many bosses even have some additional phases.


Charmstones are another big addition coming in our September 27 update. Individually equipable – these unique collectibles each provide different adjustments to Kena’s stats and abilities. Some Charmstones contain a benefit and a drawback, encouraging players to strategize about how they want to take on certain enemies and challenges. Rare Cursed Charmstones are aimed at players who want a serious challenge by attacking the game with reduced abilities. Players will find most Charmstones hidden around Kena’s world, with a few connected to another big addition: Spirit Guide Trials.

Spirit Guide Trials

In a whole new game mode accessed from the Mask Shrine, the Spirit Guide Trials will challenge players’ skills. By building a variety of replayable challenges, we wanted to encourage all players to test out different combinations of their upgrades and deepen their combat experience. The Spirit Guide Trials fall into three different categories: Obstacle Courses, Wave Defenses, and Boss Reflects. 

Each Trial can be played as many times as players want and include various objectives to complete within that particular Trial. In the Obstacle Courses for example, players focus on Kena’s primary abilities: the Bow, Bomb, and Dash as they navigate through courses designed to test their accuracy, timing, and platforming. 

Wave Defenses pit players against multiple rounds of increasingly difficult enemies. They must think strategically while pacing themselves through multiple waves of unique scenarios with limited chances to heal. We’ve prepared some pretty exciting and hair-raising enemy combinations here, so be prepared.

Finally, Boss Reflects allow players to revisit their favorite boss fights and perfect their tactics. While we love the excitement of all of our smaller combat encounters, we’re particularly fond of a good bossfight. We wanted to make sure players had the opportunity to retry these exciting events to their hearts’ content within one playthrough, experiment with new approaches, and become true masters.

By completing Trials, players have the opportunity to unlock Outfits for Kena, each one inspired by one of the characters she meets along her journey. Succeeding at bonus objectives within each trial can unlock color variations of each outfit, as well as some unique Charmstones. 

One of the most unique aspects of the game revolves around enhancing Kena’s abilities with the help of her Rot companions. Building a bond with the Rot leads to a deeper, more organic combat and a nuanced skill evolution. Kena: Bridge of Spirits has been designed to take advantage of the PlayStation 5 hardware performance and DUALSENSE controller. The game features immersive haptic feedback including simulated string resistance for Kena’s Spirit Bow.

Key Features:

  • Build your Team: Timid and illusive spirits scattered throughout the forest, the Rot maintain balance by decomposing dead and rotting elements.
    • Find and collect the Rot hidden around the village.
    • Unlock new powerful Rot abilities the more of them you discover.
    • Clear the corruption from the village using the Rot's powers.
  • Explore a Charming World: Untangle the mystery of the village’s strange curse as you discover secrets and draw on the power from the Spirit Realm to restore this once-majestic world.
    • Explore every nook and cranny of the village to uncover secrets and rewards.
    • Discover collectable Rot Hats to customize your Rot companions.
    • Locate and deliver Spirit Mail left behind by lost spirits to open up new areas.
  • Engage in Fast-Paced Combat" Take on Corrupt Spirits, trapped and unable to move on, as they challenge Kena at every turn.
    • Hone your skills with various melee and ranged attacks.
    • Command the powers of your Rot companions with their powerful Rot Actions.
    • Upgrade your abilities and powers to become a skilled Spirit Guide.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is available as digital download on PS5, PS4, and PC (Steam/Epic Games Store) for $39.99.

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