In Kena: Bridge of Spirits, you will have some lovely companions, The Rot, who assist spirit information Kena by doing every part from lending a hand in fight as soon as they construct up their braveness (aww!) to helping her previous numerous environmental obstacles. Your aim is to search out these little critters all through your travels and unite them, slowly bonding together with your lovely military who supply power in numbers and comply with you all over the place you go. Whereas the Rot have their very own mysterious background that we received’t dare spoil, we did unearth extra about their creation and function. Right here’s what you must learn about your greatest asset that comes with an enormous dose of cute!
Getting By With A Little Assist
The Rot are liable for decomposing issues, one thing that performs into the sport’s themes of regrowth and the cycle of life. In truth, throughout your journey, count on to see crimson corrupted areas, which Kena can cleanse by sending out the Rot to interrupt it down and provides new life. “There’s this theme of issues each being damaged and coming collectively however not in the identical manner, explains designer Jessica Kernan. “You possibly can by no means utterly repair one thing that’s been damaged; nevertheless, it will probably nonetheless tackle this new life.” This helped the crew resolve to give attention to bringing the Rot collectively to do issues, as an alternative of assigning them out individually as we’ve seen in collection like Pikimin or Overlord. They did experiment with the latter, but it surely simply didn’t really feel proper. “Once we tried variations the place you cut up them, it felt prefer it was counterintuitive to [the message],” Kernan says.
“One large aim for me that I saved saying was I don’t wish to micromanage these guys in fight,” provides chief artistic officer Mike Grier. “Pikmin is retaining the blokes alive and ensuring they’re not getting killed.I feel lots of people additionally suppose that the Rot are going to die in fight. When you acquire them, are they going to reside eternally? I feel that was an essential pillar for us. I feel that speaks to what Jessica is speaking about, bringing them collectively. As you acquire them, you will have extra guys and also you’re assembling this household of Rot, however we didn’t need them to be killed and be this forex that you just’re managing in fight.” To set the file straight: The Rot are everlasting. You don’t have to fret about dropping any of your buddies in fight.
You possibly can acquire round 100 completely different Rot all through the sport, they usually’ll give you numerous advantages. “[We were] at all times wanting the participant to really feel prefer it’s a collaborative relationship between Kena and the Rot,” explains designer Casey Holtz. “How will you make them really feel like an extension of Kena or a partnership the place you’re serving to them get someplace to do one thing that she will be able to’t do by herself? The concept is that half of the facility is Kena and half of the facility is the Rot, however collectively they’ll get by this journey.”
Whereas the Rot can deal with corrupted areas and discover artistic options to beat obstacles equivalent to blocked paths, they’re additionally a terrific asset in fight. Properly, as soon as they get sufficient braveness. All it takes is inspiring them together with your prowess on the battlefield. “Now we have a system referred to as Rot braveness, the place these enemies and these corrupted spirits are scaring the Rot, so everytime you go into battle your Rot go into hiding,” says chief working officer Josh Grier. “However the higher Kena performs, the extra braveness they acquire, and the Rot will be part of again into the battlefield.”
As soon as these little cuties get courageous, they’ll come collectively to lunge at enemies to distract them, giving Kena the higher hand so she will be able to goal weak factors or sneak up for a lethal combo. The extra Rot you acquire, the extra skills you’ll unlock they usually’ll assist extra in fight. Mike places it matter-of-factly: “The extra you will have, the extra issues you are able to do.” Nonetheless, they aren’t there to steal Kena’s thunder and do the heavy lifting; they primarily complement her expertise. This could greatest be seen in her particular skills, which Rot energy may be infused into for cool modifiers, equivalent to supercharging her arrows to penetrate a number of foes or turning her heavy melee assault right into a hammer-like blow. On the very least, the Rot at all times have your again, which actually helps cement your particular bond with them.
Creating Cute Moments
Look, Ember Lab is aware of the Rot are charming, and went by nice element to get them good. At one level, Josh joked about making cute characters as a part of the corporate’s calling card. “I do know we had much more stylized, younger, fatter characters in a few of our industrial work, however nothing fairly just like the Rot,” admits animation director Hunter Schmidt. “It was actually essential to me that they jiggle they usually really feel actually free. We labored exhausting to make it possible for irrespective of the way you manipulate the rig, there’s at all times some preservation of their quantity. When you squish them down, they robotically widen. Their arms shift round, and it’s all type of automated so an animator doesn’t have to fret about it. I labored with our rigger on that.”
To date, it appears to be like like all their design work paid off; these creatures draw you in with their huge eyes, harmless appears to be like, and alluring smiles. Out of your first encounter, the scene is ready; you’re going to fall in love. “This primary Rot that you just acquire is type of distinctive and type of finally ends up being the chief of the group,” Josh says. “He type of rests on Kena’s shoulder as she’s working round they usually have a particular connection. He’s at all times going to be declaring issues for Kena to do all through the sport, so he’s a very useful character and is type of our character embodiment of the entire group of Rot, as a result of all the remainder of the Rot look related apart from measurement variations, so we actually needed to place some character on him.”
The crew has additionally labored to place in quiet little moments the place you may simply bond with them. There’s no affection system or something, but it surely’s there to only take of their lovely presence once in a while. “My angle on the Rot has principally been centered on allure and attempting to just be sure you have moments the place they’re so cute and I wish to cry,” says designer Liz Fiacco laughing. “I’ve been attempting to hunt moments like that, the place you may construct a bit of relationship and it’s type of fluffy, however hopefully memorable. It’s principally about attempting to give the chance for the participant to specific what they really feel towards characters within the recreation. What’s good about gradual moments is that it means that you can have the identical area as these characters.” A few of these tender events embrace having the Rot collect round Kena if she sits, or if she directs them to go someplace, watching them do cute hops to their vacation spot.
And if that wasn’t sufficient for, you may unlock hats in your Rot with gems you discover the world. That is purely a beauty factor, however who doesn’t wish to put a pumpkin-topper or fisherman hat on these furry pals? We’ll be exhibiting you a couple of of those in a characteristic tomorrow, so keep tuned!