Kena: Bridge of Spirits Leaves PlayStation 5 Launch Window, Delayed to 2021

The anticipated console timed-exclusive has been pushed back to the first quarter of 2021.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits, which was supposed to be released in the PlayStation 5 launch window, is no longer a 2020 game. Now, it’s planned to launch in the first quarter of 2021.

The development team has cited COVID-19 complications as the reason for the delay. In a statement posted on Twitter, the team says:

The Ember Lab Team is overwhelmed and humbled by the positive response and outpouring of support for Kena: Bridge of Spirits. Your kind words and excitement for the game have been an inspiration to the team.

This year has brought many challenges and our transition to working from home has caused development to move slower than we hoped. For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Kena: Bridge of Spirits to Q1, 2021. We have not made this decision lightly, but feel it is best for the game and well-being of the team. We will use this time to give the game the polish it deserves and deliver an experience that meets our vision and your expectations.

We look forward to sharing more about Kena in the coming months and delivering an amazing experience early next year.

THE EMBER LAB TEAM

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits was first announced at PlayStation’s Future of Gaming event on June 11. In it, you play as Kena, a young Spirit Guide on a quest to unravel the mystery surrounding the fate of a village. You’ll be able to, “find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment.” It’s a gorgeous-looking game that has shown the graphical prowess of the next generation, driving plenty of excitement. As of the writing of this article, the announcement trailer has amassed over 2.8 million views.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits isn’t the first game to get pushed out of the launch window of a next-gen console. The number of games (and movies) getting pushed back only continues to grow since there’s no end to the COVID-19 pandemic in sight. It’s safe to assume that no game is safe during this unpredictable period. Things could change at any time for even the games we’ve been assured won’t get delayed any further. Back in August, 343 Industries announced that Halo Infinite, which was planned to be the headlining game for the Xbox Series X’s launch this holiday, has been delayed. It will instead be coming out in 2021 due to COVID-19 and work-from-home complications.

The PlayStation 5 showcase will finally be happening later this week on Sept. 16. It will consist of 40 minutes of information on the next generation for Sony. The announcement comes after Microsoft was pushed by leaks to reveal details on the Xbox Series X and its more affordable counterpart, the Xbox Series S. While the launches of these next-generation consoles are things to look forward to, the catalogs of games that will actually launch alongside them don’t prove immediately hugely promising — or at least worth rushing to buy them on day one.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is planned to be released in the first quarter of 2021 for Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, and the Epic Games Store.

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.

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