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Exploring Grief Through ‘Tales of Kenzera: ZAU’

Tales of Kenzera: ZAU video game
The Color Purple 2023

“Tales of Kenzera: ZAU” is an upcoming single-player, action-adventure platformer that brings a new take on the experience of finding hope and courage after loss.

Unfolding in the lands of Kenzera, the game is inspired by Bantu tales, rich with untold lore of chaos and order, memories of ancient shamans, sacred spirits and fascinating creatures. Players can wield and expand cosmic powers from the Sun and Moon masks to defeat restless spirits in rhythmic combat; they can manipulate time and crystallize enemies using the Moon mask powers, or launch fiery spears with the Sun Mask.

Set to composer Nainita Desai’s original score, Zau’s quest to become a worthy spiritual healer takes place across several unique environments.

The game was inspired by Surgent Studios founder and BAFTA-nominated actor Abubakar Salim’s own personal journey dealing with the loss of his father and their deep mutual bond of video games.

“I was fueled by this feeling of grief — this raw feeling of sadness, anger, confusion even — and I used it to drive me towards making this experience,” Salim says.

“Tales of Kenzera: ZAU” will be published by Electronic Arts and releases on April 23, 2024 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, the Epic Games Store and the EA app for US$19.99.

Check out the reveal trailer below.

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