Why Kena: Bridge of Spirits is delayed again

Ember Lab, developer of Kena: Bridge of Spirits, recently announced on Twitter that the game has been delayed again to “polish the game across all platforms,”

Ember Lab announced on Wednesday, 28 July 2021, that its adventure game, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, has suffered another delay and will now be launching on 21 September 2021. On the game’s official Twitter account, Ember Lab stated, “We have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Kena until September to polish the game across all platforms. The team has been working extremely hard and we feel the extra time is critical to ensure the best experience possible.”

This not the first time that the game has been delayed, as it was originally planned for release in late 2020, however, it was delayed to August 2021, due to work-from-home challenges. Now, it has been delayed once more for polishing.

The tweet prompted multiple comments from fans. Some fans expressed their disappointment in Ember Lab for delaying the game, while others agreed with the delay. One fan stated, “Why even put a date out and get so many people excited. So many developers are doing this, it is truly disheartening. I feel like they need to just wait until they know it is done, and then give a date for a month out, instead of six without know for sure. I am so disappointed!”

Another fan commented, “Take as much time as you need. I already have it pre-ordered, and would love nothing more than the best version of your game from day one. You have my full support.”

Kena was first revealed for PlayStation 5 in 2020, earning positive attention for its attractive gaming style, which some have compared to Pixar. The game focuses on the eponymous hero as she explores a fantasy world while attempting to restore a ruined hub village.

It is one out of many games that have been delayed in 2021 due to difficulties stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The release of multiple games, including Rainbow Six Extraction, have been pushed back to 2022, and several other projects have received smaller delays as teams scramble to implement last minute changes.