Devel­op­er of Kena: Bridge of Spir­its, Ember Lab, has announced a delay to Q1 2021 for the par­tial exclu­sive title. The stu­dio has sit­ed this set­back is due to the com­pli­ca­tions of work­ing from home dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic. The orig­i­nal release date was sup­posed to be towards the tail end of this year on PC, PlaySta­tion 4 and PlaySta­tion 5.

A tweet pro­duced by Ember Lab includ­ed a full state­ment for the delay:

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.”

Kena: Bridge of Spir­its was unveiled dur­ing Sony’s PS5 reveal event back in June. With the game being delayed until next year, this dwin­dles the list of PlaySta­tion 5 con­sole exclu­sives for this year. Although, there are still a heap of games com­ing to the PS5 includ­ing Astro’s Play­room, Bugsnax, God­fall, Mar­vel’s Spi­der-Man: Miles Morales and a bunch of rere­leas­es, like Con­trol.