EA’s Next Indie Tales of Kenzera: ZAU Just Got Leaked

Over on the French website Dealabs, there’s a writer named Billbil-kun, and he’s been a consistent source of leaks for some of the bigger players in the gaming industry. Once again, he’s providing everyone with information just before its announcement, this time about the next Electronic Arts-backed indie game.

This time, the new EA Original is a game called Tales of Kenzera: Zau, developed by film studio Surgent Studios. Quite a bit about this game’s entire design, the price, the release date, and the platforms it’ll be released on got leaked, so this is likely the real deal and something I’ll dive into.

There is a chance that all of this is bogus, but BillBil-Kun is pretty consistent.

What’s Tales of Kenzera Like?

Trine 5 Screenshot Chosen by Billbil-Kun, from THQ Nordic.

According to the leaker, Talkes of Kenzera will have a very strong resemblance to the Trine series, namely Trine 5, a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer with a similar looking visual style to this game. It’ll also include more magic and have a mechanic where you swap between those magic types to get platforming done.

It’ll focus on a young child protagonist wearing two necklaces that grant them these powers, but we don’t yet know the significance of these necklaces or most of the greater story they’re planning to tell with this game. Tales of Kenzera will also likely be a series eventually, given how the name is formatted, implying it’s just one entry.

According to Billbil-Kun’s information, Tales of Kenzera: Zau is planned to be released on April 23rd, 2024, so we’ll probably see the reveal trailer for it at the Game Awards or see it independently revealed by EA soon.

They also detail that it’ll be available to pre-order sometime this month, further confirming that it’ll be revealed soon.

Image of Unravel 2 from EA.

It’ll be released on PC and Consoles through PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, but a release on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One is still in the air.

The game will retail for around $18.00 on PC, but they haven’t yet confirmed if that price will stay the same on all platforms; it might get a markup when it leaves PC because EA just felt like it or something.

Overall, while we’re relatively light on details about this new EA Original, it sounds pretty neat, and I’m always down to try more 2D platformers from them after Unravel 2 was such a great game.

We’ll have to wait and see on any story details to see if Surgent Studio can successfully shift from film to video games as other developers have before them.

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