First revealed at Sony's grand PlayStation 5 unveiling earlier this summer, Kena: Bridge of Spirits was one among many titles showcased at the event that drew notice for its originality. It was also notable for being the first game from developers Ember Lab and one out of a handful of titles that would be launching at or around the same time as the PS5. Now, due to difficulties stemming from the pandemic and remote work, it won't be.
This afternoon, Ember Lab announced that it's delaying the release of Kena: Bridge of Spirits to the first quarter of 2021 via Twitter. "This year has brought many challenges and our transition to working from home has caused development to move slower than we hoped," reads the statement from Ember. "For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Kena: Bridge of Spirits to Q1, 2021."
Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a colorful third-person action adventure title, is just the latest in a growing list of 2020 games that have been delayed into next year because of COVID-19 and the difficulties of remote work. Especially given that it will be Ember Lab's first release as a game development studio, it makes sense to see the team take the extra time.
As a timed exclusive for PC, PS4, and PS5, this does mean that Kena won't be arriving in time for Sony's next-gen launch this holiday. Neither will Arkane's Deathloop, which was delayed into the second quarter of 2021 last month.
With prices and a release date revealed for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, its launch lineup is beginning to take shape. Meanwhile, we're still waiting on word for when the PS5 will be released, how much it will cost, and which new games will be available on it from day one.
Beyond a handful of cross-platform games like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Cyberpunk 2077, we do know that two PS5 exclusives from Insomniac Games are targeting the launch window. Both Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart are supposed to arrive for the PS5 at or soon after launch, though that could mean a 2021 release for the latter.
Folks who're interested in playing Kena but don't plan on buying a PS5 right away will be happy to hear that Ember will provide a free upgrade path from PS4 to PS5 when it launches. Sony's taking a less unified approach to next-gen title upgrades than Microsoft is, but it looks like that may start to change with the appearance of certain box art badges on cross-gen titles.