Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) has collaborated with Surgent Studios to unveil Tales of Kenzera: ZAU, a poignant single-player action-adventure platformer that provides a unique perspective on finding hope and resilience.
Inspired by Surgent Studios’ founder, Abubakar Salim’s personal journey of coping with the loss of his father and their shared love for video games, Tales of Kenzera: ZAU pays tribute to Abubakar’s father in the form of a metroidvania-style action-adventure platformer, showcasing the strength that emerges from perseverance.
Published under the EA Originals label and developed by Surgent Studios, Tales of Kenzera: ZAU follows the story of Zau, a grieving hero determined to retrieve his father from the clutches of death. Guided by Kalunga, the God of Death, Zau navigates mystical 2.5D realms to harness the cosmic powers of a warrior shaman.
Tales of Kenzera: ZAU is set to launch on April 23, 2024, with a price tag of $19.99. The game will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC through Steam, Epic Games Store, and the EA app. Pre-orders for the game are currently open.
Electronic Arts has recently released blockbuster games like EA FC 24, EA SPORTS WRC, and EA SPORTS UFC 5, which received a positive response from gamers.
EA SPORTS WRC offers an authentic rally experience, combining the expertise of DiRT Rally with the official WRC license. The Dynamic Handling System and realistic pace notes enhance control and immersion, with a focus on cross-platform competition, private lobbies, and daily historical moments.
UFC 5 introduces features like Cinematic K.O. Replay for dramatic fight endings, Seamless Submissions for smoother grappling, and a live service connected to real UFC events with Fight Week and Fight Picks. Doctor’s Checks and Stoppages add strategic challenges, while new strikes and hit reactions enhance immersion.
EA has reported strong fan engagement across its EA SPORTS FC ecosystem, with over 11.3 million players participating worldwide in EA SPORTS FC 24 within the first week of its launch. EA SPORTS FC Mobile, described as the most immersive mobile football game to date, achieved record-breaking numbers with 2.2 million installations on the first day and over 11.2 million new users within 10 days since its release.
With upcoming games like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and Dead Space Remake, Electronic Arts is poised for continued success, and the announcement of Tales of Kenzera: ZAU is expected to contribute to the company’s growth in fiscal 2025.
The Consensus Estimate for EA’s fiscal 2025 revenues indicates a year-over-year increase of 3.15%, reaching $7.98 billion. The consensus mark for earnings is projected at $7.71 per share, reflecting year-over-year growth of 9.33%.
While EA’s shares have gained 10.9% year-to-date, the company faces strong competition from industry players like Take-Two Interactive, Sony, and Nintendo. Take-Two Interactive manages renowned publishing brands like Rockstar Games and 2K, overseeing franchises like GTA, Red Dead Redemption, and NBA.
Sony, with a significant presence in the gaming industry, anticipates strong competition against Xbox, with upcoming titles like Tekken 8, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and Alone in the Dark.
Nintendo, a Japanese multinational video game company, remains a key player, with upcoming titles like Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, Animal Well, and SteamWorld Build. The gaming industry is set for dynamic competition across various platforms and franchises in the coming months.
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