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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    The Haunting of Bly Manor Featurette: Go Behind-the-Scenes with Creator Mike Flanagan

    The Haunting of Bly Manor Featurette: Go Behind-the-Scenes with Creator Mike Flanagan Netflix has released a new behind-the-scenes video for The Haunting of Bly Manor, featuring Mike Flanagan, the creator of the acclaimed The Haunting horror anthology series, and executive producer Trevor Macy talking about the road from 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House to the new installment. Set to premiere on October 9, you can check out the video now in the player below! Home sweet Haunting. Join creator Mike Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy on the journey from Hill House to Bly Manor. pic.twitter.com/ItShi8qwaD — The Haunting of Bly Manor (@haunting) September 28, 2020 RELATED: The Haunting of Bly Manor Trailer Introduces a New Ghost Story The Haunting of Bly Manor is inspired by Henry James’ psychological gothic horror novella The Turn of The Screw, which takes place almost entirely in an old country mansion. There, two young orphans are looked after by a young governess by whom most of the story is narrated by. Flanagan revealed that the season will actually adapt dozens of James’ horror stories, in addition to The Turn of the Screw. The cast includes Hill House alums Victoria Pedretti (You), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Invisible Man), Henry Thomas (E.T.), and Catherine Parker (Absentia), as well as T’Nia Miller (Years and Years), Rahul Kohli (iZombie), Amelia Eve, Benjamin Ainsworth and Amelie Smith (EastEnders). Pedretti will play the governess, Dani, who is looking after two unique children. Jackson-Cohen will play Peter, “a charming fellow.” Ainsworth and Smith will star as Miles and Flora from James’ novella, while Miller, Eve, and Kohli are set to star in lead roles. A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel of the same name, The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 explored a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House. Created, directed and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game), The Haunting of Hill House is a complex family drama wrapped in a chilling horror story. Trevor Macy served as executive producer alongside Flanagan. Meredith Averill acts as co-showrunner and executive producer. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive produce, as well. RELATED: Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Teaser Released for Netflix’s Original Horror Series The Haunting of Hill House is written, directed and executive produced by Flanagan. His producing partner Trevor Macy will also executive produce alongside Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

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