Kena: Bridge of Spirits is coming to PS5, PS4, and PC in late 2020, and the team at developer Ember Lab has had plenty of time to come to grips with Sony’s next-gen system. One of the system’s major features is its ultra-fast SSD, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits will make use of it to get players into the game very quickly.
Game Informer has had an inside look at Kena, and the developer has touted the fast start times. According to Game Informer, the game loads from the system menu in about two seconds. This isn’t from a suspended state, either–the game just loads very fast. According to Josh Grier, the developer’s chief operating officer, the team had a loading animation planned but “it just loads the game so fast” that there’s no time for it.
The game was originally in development solely for the PS4, but the PS5 version will also include more foliage and environmental details. According to Ember Labs’ Mike Grier, the DualSense controller will also change how the game feels. “The triggers on the DualSense controller have resistance on them, so we’re utilizing that for the heavy attacks, but also for the bow,” he says.
The PS5–and the Xbox Series X–will also allow you to suspend multiple games at once, loading them back to where you left off very fast. If you’re wondering why that’s a big deal, read Steve Watts’ piece on why this feature is a game-changer.
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