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The PS5’s big little game
One of Sony Group Corp.’s biggest hits this year for the PlayStation 5 came from a little-known studio with no video game experience. It was an unusual gamble for the normally risk-averse Sony and it might not have happened but for a series of unforeseen events. I talked with the two brothers who led development on the breakout Kena: Bridge of Spirits to hear the full story.

At the beginning of 2020, as Sony was getting ready to formally announce the PlayStation 5, the marketing team worked with Mike and Josh Grier to hone and polish the trailer for Kena to be revealed in early summer alongside the new console. The brothers knew a showcase like that would guarantee them millions of eyeballs and potentially future players.

Then came the virus.

Sony pivoted from planning a live launch event in New York to a Covid-safe digital showcase, and the company asked attendees to record videos remotely. While this was somewhat disappointing, the Grier brothers were still thrilled to participate and set to work to create the video from their office, within the confines of the new “social distancing” rules.

This proved difficult but manageable with a cameraman decked out in protective gear. “He was in a full hazmat suit, sweating the whole time,” said Josh Grier. “It was professionally done but very weird.”

Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a fantasy action game with Zelda-like gameplay and visuals resembling a Pixar film, came out Sept.*21*to solid reviews. It was a pivotal part of Sony’s lineup this year for the PlayStation 5. With other blockbusters delayed, the company put marketing muscle into Kena and*treated it like a big fall release.

The main reason for that prime placement, the Griers say, is because Kena was a breakout hit at that initial June 2020 virtual showcase, winning attention from intrigued fans and critics.

“I think that helped push us to the front of the line in terms of games they were going to highlight and showcase when they could,” said Mike Grier. It turns out it was worth getting the hazmat suit.

The Grier brothers had never made a game before. Their company, Ember Lab, began as an animation service house when they started it in 2009. After going viral in 2016 with*a short fan film*based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, the brothers decided to pivot to full-time game development and create a beautiful, ambitious action-adventure game.

The team pitched early versions of Kena at game conferences and drew interest from several big publishers, then struck a deal with Sony for funding and marketing support. Working with one of the big console makers had some nice perks. They*were briefed on the PlayStation 5 a year before its announcement and even received early development kits, much to the delight of everyone there.

“I think we all turned back into the kid versions of ourselves,” said Josh Grier. “We felt like we were at a private E3.”

The Griers wouldn’t say exactly how many copies of Kena they’ve sold, but they said they’ve recouped the game’s initial costs and have been pleasantly surprised with sales so far. “It’s hard to tell what's a huge success,” said Josh. “Sony’s happy.”

Kena’s success has allowed Ember Lab to become a full-time game developer. They’re not yet sure what their next title will look like, but they know it’ll be a narrative-driven video game*like Kena.

“​​We're not going back to commercials,” said Josh.

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 1 month ago '06        #2
snaxxx 
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Copped on pc . But still haven’t played it yet …. Wanted to support these guys

 1 month ago '20        #3
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that PS stimulus
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 1 month ago '05        #4
Krazie 
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 D1dnt read said
that PS stimulus
You play it?
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 1 month ago '20        #5
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 Krazie said
You play it?

yep, not that far into it tho about 6 hours.. which is one more than u've put in the last 3 forza titles combined



just glad to see PS enjoying another successful exclusive
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 1 month ago '05        #6
Krazie 
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 D1dnt read said
yep, not that far into it tho about 6 hours.. which is one more than u've put in the last 3 forza titles combined



just glad to see PS enjoying another successful exclusive
You haven't played it. Shut the fu*k up.

It's also not exclusive, it's on PC and on the way to the other consoles.
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 1 month ago '20        #7
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 Krazie said
You haven't played it. Shut the fu*k up.

It's also not exclusive, it's on PC and on the way to the other consoles.








now let's see ur Kena playtime surely u bought it since u have a PS5 and all

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 1 month ago '05        #8
Krazie 
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now let's see ur Kena playtime surely u bought it since u have a PS5 and all

Taking a picture of someone else's playtime.

I was going to, but waiting on the superior Xbox version now that we know it's on the way.
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 Krazie said
Taking a picture of someone else's playtime.

I was going to, but waiting on the superior Xbox version now that we know it's on the way.

that's what I thought stick to ur sh*tty games and shut ur mouth next time
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 1 month ago '05        #10
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 D1dnt read said
that's what I thought stick to ur sh*tty games and shut ur mouth next time
Stick to not playing any games and posting someone else's playtime




Top 5 in the world for most games played.

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 Krazie said
Stick to not playing any games and posting someone else's playtime




Top 5 in the world for most games played.

and ure top 1 for most kiddy games played for an adult over 30

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 1 month ago '05        #12
Krazie 
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 D1dnt read said
and ure top 1 for most kiddy games played for an adult over 30

That's also mathematically false since the people ahead of me are also 30. Simple math. Not your strong suit though.

Just buy some God damn games, coolio. Or borrow some. Library has free rentals.
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 Krazie said
That's also mathematically false since the people ahead of me are also 30. Simple math. Not your strong suit though.

Just buy some God damn games, coolio. Or borrow some. Library has free rentals.

didn't read



all I know is that if u end up playing FH5, it'll be cause of me I know u won't enjoy it since u clearly didn't enjoy the other entries, but I like knowing u'll force urself to suffer through it cause of me


I'm doing more for the series than actual xbots
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 1 month ago '11        #14
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Can’t wait to play this after I finish Ghosts of Tsushima
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 1 month ago '19        #15
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Game was surprisingly good and had good run time for a $40 game. I still gotta playthrough on master

 1 month ago '17        #16
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Well deserved. Still need to do a PS5 playthrough
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