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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    Free Play Days – Port Royale 4, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, and Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition

    Fight and plunder in the Caribbean seas, battle as your favorite Naruto character, and experience the gorgeous and imaginative world of Salt. Port Royale 4, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, and Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition are all available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members from Thursday, October 7 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, October 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

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    Purchase the game and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event! Please note that discount percentage may vary by region.

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      • Standard Edition ($14.99 SRP) at 60% off: $6.00

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    Port Royale 4 has safely arrived at port and will be a part of Free Play Days from October 7 to 10. Take to the seas in a stunning 4K gaming world on Xbox Series X (1080p on Xbox Series S), with cross-gen save capability, real-time cloud rendering, and is available in both standard and extended digital editions – the latter featuring exclusive digital content such as four pompous lighthouses and the blueprints to 5 magnificent parks, with which players can decorate their settlements.

    Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
    Lead your team of four and fight as one in Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker. Your favorite Naruto characters are back and ready to battle online in a dynamic arena environment. Play co-op with friends and compete in exciting 4 vs. 4 high-speed battles to become the ultimate ninja!

    Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition
    Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition is a unique 2D metroidvania platformer full of mystical creatures and boundless exploration. With lots of extra content added for this edition, now is the perfect time to experience the world of Salt. You’ll play as the heroine Dandara and defy gravity as you jump across floors, walls, and ceilings alike. Continue the fight once Free Play Days weekend is over — Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition will be available at an amazing 60% discount until October 18! Awaken, Dandara, and bring freedom and balance back to this directionless world!

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