Written By: Nicholas Ahlgren
This game has been on my personal radar for the past 8 months since it was shown at the Playstation 5 event on June 11th, 2020. The game was original due to come out by the end of the year, but was pushed to 2021 without a date. Finally, during the state of play that ended today, February 25th, 2021, we got a new look at the game and a release date. The game comes out on August 24th, 2021 and it looks absolutely amazing.
The latest trailer for the game from the Ember Lab Youtube channel is below.
This game is developed and published by Ember Lab. According to their website, they began as an animation and digital content studio and worked on many different commercials and shorts for The Coca-Cola Company, Hisense, and MLB. This is their first official game and everytime I see it I just want to play it. The character design and art direction is a beautiful work of art and I am excited to see more.
The game looks to incorporate many different aspects within it including combat sequences, exploration, and collecting items in the field. These items include both Rots, and according to the Ember Lab website, Rots are “Timid and ellusive spirits scattered throughout the forest. They maintain balance by decomposing dead and rotting elements,” but there are also hats scattered throughout the game to collect for them.
They also appear to help you out in the combat sequences which look to include many of the styles of combat that you like including, but not limited to; block, dodge roll, parry, melee attack, and a long range bow like attack. The story is more of a mystery as they have shown some parts of it but I want to more. In the latest trailer, Kena says that she wants to go to the Sacred Mountain Shrine.
The game is launching on Playstation 4, Playstation 5, and PC via the Epic Games Store. The MSRP for the standard edition of the game is $39.99 USD. There is also a digital deluxe edition for the game too at $49.99 USD that includes a digital soundtrack, a unique silver staff for Kena, and golden Rot skin. As of this writing, there is no mention for a physical edition for this game but…. I really want one and I hope they can do it. However, on twitter when someone asked them, they replied with the following:
Preordering the game also gets you access to exclusive celebration hats for the Rot creatures. I mean come on, they are adorable without them but even more cute with them. This has become one of my most hyped games and I cannot wait until August 24th when it comes out.
Website for Ember Lab: https://www.emberlab.com/