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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    Explore The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood and Unlock the Upcoming Deadlands DLC

    The Bounties of Blackwood in-game event is now live through October 12 in The Elder Scrolls Online. During the event period, you’ll earn rewards for completing daily quests, looting monsters, and harvesting resource nodes in the Blackwood zone. In addition to these activities, each time you earn the Blackwood Pathfinder achievement on one of your characters, you’ll progress the Bounties of Blackwood meter found on our official page.

    As the community collectively unlocks the achievement, they’ll also unlock various unique rewards, including an exclusive pet, cosmetics, furnishings, and the upcoming Deadlands DLC (arriving on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on November 16). All unlocked rewards will be available to be claimed by Blackwood Chapter owners at the event’s end, so be sure to check the Bounties of Blackwood page regularly to see the community’s progress! If you don’t own Blackwood, now is the time to jump in – The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood is on sale for 50% off now through October 12.

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    In the upcoming DLC, The Elder Scrolls Online: Deadlands, you can experience the cataclysmic conclusion to the Gates of Oblivion year-long adventure and explore Mehrunes Dagon’s own realm of Oblivion. Even better? You can begin this adventure right now by jumping into the Deadlands Prologue questline (available free for all ESO players) from the in-game Crown Store. The Deadlands DLC arrives November 16 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

    Explore Blackwood’s most stunning locations, earn rewards, and unlock the upcoming Deadlands DLC for free during the Bounties of Blackwood in-game event. Don’t forget, you need to own the Blackwood Chapter to participate in the event and claim its various rewards — luckily for you, it’s now on sale in the Xbox Store, so get out there and discover Blackwood! Xbox Game Pass members can also start their adventure with the base game of The Elder Scrolls Online available with their membership.

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    ESO COMES TO Xbox Series X|S – Experience the award-winning RPG like never before with game-changing features/enhancements such as 60-fps performance mode, advanced lighting and shadows, improved reflections, shorter loading times and more!

    ULTIMATE FREEDOM—Create your ultimate RPG character, play solo or adventure with friends, and determine your fate in an ever-expanding world. With no level restrictions, go anywhere, at any time in a truly open world. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the choice is yours.

    CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE—With a new tutorial, begin your adventure where you like: emerge from Coldharbour in the base game, battle Dragons in the Elsweyr Chapter, or get ready to face the Prince of Destruction Mehrunes Dagon in Blackwood, the latest Chapter. All content is accessible for new players, and you can switch adventures whenever you like.

    INCLUDES LATEST CHAPTER: BLACKWOOD—As part of the Gates of Oblivion adventure, a deal made with the Prince of Destruction comes due in Blackwood. Explore Imperial cities and murky bogs, uncover Mehrunes Dagon's sinister plot, and never adventure alone with the new Companions system.

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    • BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE – Discover Tamriel's Second Era and enjoy all the epic quests, memorable characters, and dangerous enemies you expect in an Elder Scrolls game.
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