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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    Biopic in the ongoing works on Transgender MMA Fighter Fallon Fox

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    Biopic in the works on transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox

    A biopic on transgender mixed martial artist Fallon Fox is in the ongoing works at Mark Gordon Pictures. Being penned by T Allison and Cooper Glock-Cooper, the Fallon Fox biopic will dive into Fox hiding her identity as a trans woman before developing in 2013. It shall also cope with the abuse she received from the mixed fighting techinques community.

    “I’ve had an enjoyable experience so far dealing with the producers and writers bringing this story alive,” Fox said in a statement. “I am hoping this film sheds some light on the main topics trans athletes in sports. This story must be ever told now a lot more than.”

    Fox, who was simply nicknamed “The Queen of Swords,” had a controversial run in combat sports from 2011 until 2014. She ultimately went 5-1 as a specialist with brutal knockouts of Ericka Elisha and Newsome Helsper kickstarting her career. She tasted defeat as a result of Ashlee Evans-Smith eventually, who found a TKO victory in 2013. Fox would fight two more times, defeating Heather Tamikka and Bassett Brents.

    The Fallon Fox biopic may also cope with the controversy that her fights caused and the debate over in case a woman assigned male at birth will be able to fight in a women’s division in the activity. Among her most vocal critics was former Ultimate Fighting Champion wWE and titleholder star Ronda Rousey. “She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still exactly the same bone structure a guy has,” Rousey told the brand new York Post in 2013.  “It’s an edge. I don’t think it’s fair.”  Current Bellator MMA heavyweight Matt Mitrione was also suspended from the UFC over statements he made at that time about Fox.

    “As transgender/LGBTQIA writers and creators, we realize inside our bones the inherent value in and necessity of telling stories from the within out, than from the exterior looking in rather. We’re thrilled to be teaming with Mark Gordon Pictures to greatly help bring Fallon’s undeniably powerful and relevant story to the screen,” said the Coopers of the film.

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