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Shock: The Recreation Awards Breakout Metroidvania Zau Now Has A Demo

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Tales of Kenzera protagonist Zau stands in between blue (left) and orange (right) masks.

Picture: Surgent Studios

It’s Black Historical past Month, y’all, which suggests it’s time to uplift something and all the things related to the African diaspora. And whoa, would you take a look at that! Coinciding with the primary day of this celebratory and historic month is a free Steam demo for Tales of Kenzera: Zau, a surprising side-scrolling Metroidvania that first garnered consideration with its emotional reveal announcement throughout The Recreation Awards showcase in December 2023.

Tales of Kenzera: Zau was unveiled by British actor Abubakar Salim, who voices Bayek in Murderer’s Creed Origins and Eros in Stray Gods. The sport follows Zau, a younger shaman who embarks on a dangerous journey to resurrect his dad. It’s not that straightforward, although, as you’ll encounter all method of fearsome creatures from winged beasts to shielded giants vying to place an finish to you and your quest. It’s kinda giving Prince of Persia: The Misplaced Crown, however with a really distinct, Kenyan power to it. Its December reveal made it clear that the sport would launch on April 23, but it surely seems we don’t have to attend till then to play it, thanks to a free demo out now on Steam.

What made Tales of Kenzera: Zau stand out amongst the crop of different stellar TGA bulletins was Salim’s introductory speech. Salim, founding father of Surgent Studios, the workforce engaged on the sport, spoke frankly about his father. As Salim advised it, his dad not solely bought him into video games but additionally taught him that the medium is an artwork kind, a “nice area to get pleasure from and escape from the fact of the world.” Sadly, his father handed away a while in the past, and as a option to course of this grief and honor his dad, the Metroidvania earlier than you was born. With that keenness behind it, Tales of Kenzera: Zau is shaping as much as be an emotional journey.

“I’m extraordinarily grateful and pleased with the workforce of creatives which have helped craft Surgent Studios,” Salim stated in a December 2023 press release, “and I’m past thrilled to have EA Originals give me the platform and area to share this story along with them.”

For those who’re trying to shed some tears, then I like to recommend giving Salim’s speech one other watch. For those who’re in search of one other side-scrolling Metroidvania to fill your time now that Prince of Persia: The Misplaced Crown has been out for about two weeks, then take a look at Tales of Kenzera: Zau. The demo’s free. You’ll be able to’t beat that.