The first award given during The Game Awards, aside from those housed in the pre-show, was the Best Independent Game. In the running was 12 Minutes, Death’s Door, Inscryption, Loop Hero, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
Of those six titles, only one can call themselves the winner and in this case, it fell onto Ember Lab’s Kena: Bridge of Spirits. Mike and Josh Grier took the stage to accept the award, thanking not only their direct team, some of which were in the crowd, but also their partners at Sony and Epic.
Kena follows its namesake character, a spirit guide tasked with helping traumatized or unfinished souls move on and go to the spirit worlds. After coming face-to-face with a powerful masked spirit, Kena feels the urge to help him move on. To access the shrine, however, she must help the townsfolks’ spirits move on.
Ember Lab’s September adventure title is a user of the haptic feedback feature only found on the PS5. Additionally, it also nabbed the Best Debut Indie Game Award.