Ember Lab announced to postpone the release of Kena: Bridge of Spirits until Spring 2021. The studio behind Kena announced the news on Twitter. Noting the move to working from home due to COVID-19 has “caused development to move slower than we hoped.”
Ember Lab‘s cross-gen adventure game is a hit when it premiered during June’s Future of Gaming event. And it’s charming everyone with its Pixar-tier animation, plucky protagonist, and adorable little spirits we now know as Rots. Initially, the plan to release Kena on PS4 and PS5 was at the end of 2020. But now we’ll need to wait just a few months more. It sounds like Kena: Bridge of Spirits faced some unexpected development challenges due to the pandemic.
Here’s the complete statement from Ember Lab on the delay of Kena: Bridge of Spirits:
The Ember Lab Team is overwhelmed and humbled by the positive response and outpouring of support for Kena: Bridge of Spirits. Your kind words and excitement for the game have been an inspiration to the team.
This year has brought many challenges and our transition to working from home has caused development to move slower than we hoped. For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Kena: Bridge of Spirits to Q1, 2021. We have not made this decision lightly, but feel it is best for the game and well-being of the team. We will use this time to give the game the polish it deserves and deliver an experience that meets our vision and your expectations.
We look forward to sharing more about Kena in the coming months and delivering an amazing experience early next year.
Kena is still set for release on PS5, PS4, and PC via the Epic Games Store. Ember Lab announces Kena during the PS5 showcase earlier this year.
Considering the announcement for Kena in June, this really is quite a delay. And it’s okay to wait a little bit longer for Ember Lab to release Kena in a more polished state.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is just one of the upcoming games we can’t wait to play.