Thursday, October 28, 2021

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Has Already Recouped Its Development Costs

Kena: Bridge of Spirits was released in September to largely positive reviews (including a 9 out of 10 from us) and has performed well in sales. So much so that, according to developer Ember Labs, the game has already broken even on its development cost. In an interview with Bloomberg, Ember Lab heads Josh and Mike Grier discussed Kena's road from development to release. To their surprise, the game has apparently sold well, and while they don't divulge specific sale numbers, they say it's already recouped its initial development costs. It's unclear how much money Kena had behind it, but this is great news for the small studio.  "It's hard to tell what's a huge success," said Josh in the article. "Sony's happy." Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a third-person action-adventure title that stars Kena, a spirit guide, who guides small critters called the Rot to purify a land plagued by a supernatural blight. Along the way, you'll assist wayward souls to help ferry them to the afterlife, while action consists of melee and ranged combat. The game has an old-school linear design and scope, plus it's quite the looker in the art department (Ember Labs cut its teeth as an animation studio, after all). Kena is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store.  Be sure to read the full interview to learn more about the Kena: Bridge of Spirits' pre-release marketing, as well as our coverage hub for extensive background on the game itself. [Source: Bloomberg]
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    PlayStation Store: Top downloads of 2020

    2020 has drawn to a close, which means it’s time to take a look at the year’s most downloaded games at PlayStation Store.

    On the PS5 side, we see Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales taking the top two spots on our US/Canada and European charts, with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla right behind. Demon’s Souls, NBA 2K21, and FIFA 21 place high atop the lists as well.

    Call of Duty also led the US/Canada PS4 charts, though the worldwide appeal of FIFA 20 and FIFA 21 made them top hits across Europe.

    Full list below. Which did you spend the most time with in 2020?

    PS5 Games

    US/Canada Europe
    1 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
    2 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
    3 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
    4 NBA 2K21 Next Generation FIFA 21
    5 Demon’s Souls Demon’s Souls
    6 Madden NFL 21 Watch Dogs: Legion
    7 FIFA 21 Immortals Fenyx Rising
    8 Sackboy: A Big Adventure NBA 2K21 Next Generation
    9 Immortals Fenyx Rising Sackboy: A Big Adventure
    10 Watch Dogs: Legion Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

    *Naming of products may differ between regions
    *Upgrades not included

    PS4 Games

    US/Canada Europe
    1 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War FIFA 21
    2 Grand Theft Auto V FIFA 20
    3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Grand Theft Auto V
    4 Minecraft Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    5 Ghost of Tsushima Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
    6 The Last of Us Part II Minecraft
    7 NBA 2K21 NBA 2K20
    8 NBA 2K20 The Last of Us Part II
    9 Final Fantasy VII Remake The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    10 Madden NFL 21 Red Dead Redemption 2

    *Naming of products may differ between regions

    PS VR Games

    US/Canada Europe
    1 Beat Saber Beat Saber
    2 Job Simulator Job Simulator
    3 Superhot VR Blood & Truth
    4 The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Superhot VR
    5 Gorn The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
    6 Creed Rise to Glory Creed: Rise to Glory
    7 Arizona Sunshine Astro Bot Rescue Mission
    8 Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series Gorn
    9 Astro Bot Rescue Mission Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series
    10 Marvel’s Iron Man VR Arizona Sunshine

    Free to play games (PS5 + PS4)

    US/Canada Europe
    1 Call of Duty: Warzone Call of Duty: Warzone
    2 Rocket League Rocket League
    3 Fortnite Fortnite
    4 Apex Legends Apex Legends
    5 Rogue Company Hyper Scape
    6 Hyper Scape Genshin Impact
    7 Genshin Impact Rogue Company
    8 Destiny 2 Brawlhalla
    9 Brawlhalla Destiny 2
    10 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Lite eFootball PES 2020 Lite

    By PlayStation Official blog (blog.playstation.com)

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