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The Legend of Korra on PS4: PlatinumGames Joins the Avatar

Ryan Clements's Avatar + Posted by Ryan Clements on Jun 26, 2014 // Social Media Specialist

It’s no easy task to adapt the critically acclaimed animated series The Legend of Korra into a third-person action game. The beloved show fuses martial arts, varying philosophies and world cultures, and an exquisite story that follows in the footsteps of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

What better studio to take up the challenge than PlatinumGames (Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance)? The team has spent years meticulously crafting combat systems that marry style and substance into a visual maelstrom of fast, addictive action. And with Platinum’s knowledge of martial arts choreography, Korra couldn’t be in better hands. Revealed just yesterday, The Legend of Korra is coming to PS4 and PS3 this year. And we got to play it.

The Legend of Korra follows our rough-around-the-edges-but-ever-so-charming hero after the events of Book Two, but before the start of the upcoming Book Three. For those unfamiliar with the Avatar universe, Korra is the latest incarnation of a long, long line of peacekeepers meant to preserve order between four nations, as well as bridge the human world with the spirit world. At the start of The Legend of Korra game, Korra has suddenly lost her ability to bend (manipulate the elements) following a strange encounter with a shadowy force.

In the interest of avoiding spoilers, let’s just say the demo Platinum showed off revolves around Korra recovering her bending abilities, unlocking each element in turn — starting with waterbending.

The Legend of KorraThe Legend of Korra

The moment that Korra sets foot on Air Temple Island, it’s clear that Platinum has invested a great amount of energy into making this an authentic experience. While Korra and her opponents are rendered using cel-shaded visuals, the backgrounds are an eye-catching fusion of 3D set pieces and painted backdrops. The Legend of Korra runs smoothly even in its incomplete state, a key requirement for a combat-heavy game.

Korra’s ability to bend all four elements means that the player can harness four different fighting styles that each play a role on the battlefield. Korra can throw whips of water to attack chi blockers at a distance, or meet aggressive mobs with slow and powerful earthbending techniques.

The Square and Triangle buttons govern the different attacks, with each strike in a combination capable of an additional charge for extra damage. This system is easy to pick up but also provides more weathered gamers room to develop finesse — especially when it comes to counters.

In true Platinum fashion, hitting block at just the right moment will enable Korra to reverse an attack, leading to a spectacular counter move. Like Metal Gear Rising, these counters are snappy and satisfying, layering a much-appreciated need for precision on top of Korra’s moveset.

The Legend of Korra

And what third-person, Platinum-developed action game would be complete without a few juicy RPG elements? Indeed, Korra can slowly level up each bending art to allow for more devastating abilities, from summoning whirlwinds to knocking boulders into the air. Special finishing techniques will also be purchasable from the in-game shop, which means gamers get a little loot spice for flavor.

Of course, Platinum has worked closely with the series creators in its effort for an authentic Avatar experience. One of the show’s lead writers helped script the story, and the actors behind Korra and the gang have returned to lend their voices to the characters. Platinum even went so far as to study martial arts reference material in order to best showcase the beauty and power behind bending.

Lastly, Platinum confirmed that a pro-bending mode has been fully recreated in The Legend of Korra, including the actual rules from the show. Take it as icing on the cake!

The Legend of Korra arrives on PS4 and PS3 this Fall, and will also feature a few surprises that “scream” PlatinumGames. Whatever that means, it’s probably amazing.

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+ straymblaster on June 26th, 2014 at 9:05 am said:

well a little bit of Platinum is better than no Platinum i suppose……


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:25 am said:

    I do enjoy myself the Platinum games.


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+ SHOR73RM on June 26th, 2014 at 9:05 am said:

Looks awesome!


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:26 am said:

    Thanks for reading the article!


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+ Winscar_Shinobi on June 26th, 2014 at 9:09 am said:

OMG PROBENDING my happiness level is way too high today


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:26 am said:

    Keep that happiness level high!


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+ bighw35 on June 26th, 2014 at 9:09 am said:

Looks good,,,I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes on this title! Started watching the last air bender series with my son and we got hooked! It’s an amazing story in an amazing world, looking forward 2 more of the story!


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:26 am said:

    So glad you’re watching Airbender — it’s a fantastic series. Truly special.


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+ DotComCTO on June 26th, 2014 at 9:10 am said:

Hoping the storyline is great, with some surprise twists and turns. Also hoping that the game world is as rich as the world in the series. It’d be great to be able to traverse the world of the story and interact in the environments. Something along the lines of Naruto: The Broken Bond…just done better. :-)


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:27 am said:

    Let’s hope for the best! Platinum knows what they’re doing. ^_^


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+ D1renegade on June 26th, 2014 at 9:23 am said:

My most anticipated game this year. I can’t wait to see gameplay


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:27 am said:

    Awesome to hear.


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+ lisatsunami on June 26th, 2014 at 9:27 am said:

Very interested in this. I look forward to learning more.


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:27 am said:

    Me too!


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+ blackninja4569 on June 26th, 2014 at 9:31 am said:

Im extermly HAPPY to see the game coming out!!!! I hope they have a online vs mode.I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT SEASON TO COME OUT I LOVE THE LEGEND OF KORRA AN AIRNENDER SERIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:27 am said:

    Sounds like you’re excited.


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+ JeffsonP on June 26th, 2014 at 9:32 am said:

Why the video title says “PS Vita”?
I received the video upload notification and got hyped, watched video/read post and got disappointed. :(
Why do this to us, PS Vita owners?


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:28 am said:

    Thank you for pointing out this error. We’ve corrected the video title!


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+ Deadpoolian on June 26th, 2014 at 9:32 am said:

I love Korra, so I’m very excited to see that the show will be getting a game made by a talented studio! Looking forward to learning more.

And for fans of the show, don’t forget that Book 3 starts THIS Friday (the 27th) at 7pm with three new episodes!


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 10:28 am said:

    Can you believe another Book starts so soon? I haven’t even caught up with Book Two yet! :-O


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+ D-Squad3 on June 26th, 2014 at 9:45 am said:

Need to see gameplay footage


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+ italodancemp3 on June 26th, 2014 at 10:01 am said:

No Vita No Buy


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+ Mobius2525 on June 26th, 2014 at 10:04 am said:

sweet …..now make a vita version!


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+ LTSwordmastre360 on June 26th, 2014 at 10:12 am said:

Pro-bending sounds fun. Reading the article, I’m excited to give this a shot and I’m hoping Platinum gives it the attention & completeness it deserves but……

Looking at those screenshots (yes, the game is still incomplete – I know), I’m a little worried that this will turn out too much like the XB360 games that have been critically panned left & right.

The images above look insanely bland and lacking a level of detail & polish that the animated world of Korra ~usually~ contains. As beautiful as the RPG sections of Naruto Ninja Storm 2 were, I’m not getting that same “vibe” from Korra – all of the above pictures show low-res textures making up simplistic character models & empty rooms made up of 90-degree angles. Korra’s expression in the one shot makes it look like she’s constipated.

Games like this have a habit of coming with nasty release deadlines attached to them, and I cant imagine the Nickelodeon Netowork is going to take well to someone on the dev team saying “but, we need to bug test some more!”.


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+ CrowDieSlow on June 26th, 2014 at 10:16 am said:

Okay Sony, I’m fed up with this nonsense. I’m not even THAT excited for this game, but to make an error like this TWICE (in the same freaking month) is absolutely inexcusable. If you would actually proof-read the things you post, you’d PROBABLY have a lot less people complaining. But nope, you decide to let people believe games are coming out on the Vita, then pretend it never happened after you finally spot the mistake. Realllllllllllll freaking classy………


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+ KazeEternal on June 26th, 2014 at 10:31 am said:

“What better studio to take up the challenge than PlatinumGames”
Cyber Connect 2
Arc System Works Team Red

You guys have the gameplay even if MGRR had some weak points it was fun. However I haven’t seen anything to suggest the visual style can be hit and even less so that the story won’t be completely off the wall or be able to fit into the story of Korra. MGR was just completely nuts compared to MGS4 and I felt at times that too many liberties were taken. There were aspects of MGR I enjoyed, but it wasn’t metal gear. Vanquish while also an awesome game has had by far one of the weakest stories I’ve ever had the displeasure of sitting through. That’s without considering the terrible dialog.

Don’t get me wrong I’ll likely get this game as both Vanquish and MGR were very fun games to play, however I feel the other part of the experience (music,story telling, visual style) will some how suffer in light of that. Please don’t let me down. I believe Platinum has what it takes to make a truly awesome game, just don’t fall short on this.


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+ Cry_Zero on June 26th, 2014 at 10:33 am said:

Wow. The first thing I want to say is THANK YOU FOR MAKING A LEGEND OF KORRA GAME. Legend of korra is the best animated series ever and it deserves a lot more credit than it gets. I always wanted a great The last airbender/Korra game, but its seems like nobody wants to do a GREAT game because its a nickelodeon show and thats a shame. I hope this sells well enough for a good developer to get interested in doing a triple A LEGEND OF KORRA GAME!!! But this is a good start.


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+ Cry_Zero on June 26th, 2014 at 10:48 am said:

I forgot to ask: Is there going to be a platinum trophy for this(day one buy for me)


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+ Sethabee on June 26th, 2014 at 11:08 am said:

Awooooo. I read about this yesterday on Facebook. Can’t wait.
Maybe Avatar will finally get a game that is as amazing as the TV show.


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+ Kirito0421 on June 26th, 2014 at 11:32 am said:

I cant believe they’re finally making a game in the series, I hope its accurate in the storyline because I have played other titles for the Last Airbender series and they were huge letdowns. Don’t get me wrong the gameplay was awesome but the storyline compaired to the show was a bummer because they had so much information that did not need to be put in the game.


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+ Renan_Acid on June 26th, 2014 at 11:43 am said:

Looks cool, but… Published by Activi$ion? No, thanks. I can’t support the publisher who killed Crash Bandicoot and Spyro.


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+ tylerh1701 on June 26th, 2014 at 12:17 pm said:

Well there are way better Platinum games on other consoles that Sony gamers are missing out on (Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Scalebound) but at least we’re getting something from them…


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+ plaztiksyke on June 26th, 2014 at 1:18 pm said:

“backgrounds are an eye-catching fusion of 3D set pieces and painted backdrops”

will the game support 1080p stereoscopic 3D on PS4? there really needs to be more 3dTV-supporting games like Trine 2 and Zen Pinball 2, which both look AMAZING on PS4. I was really surprised that Flower on PS4 didn’t support stereoscopic 3D.


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+ JudgeRAW00 on June 26th, 2014 at 2:16 pm said:

Hey Ryan. BEYOND!

How is the game as an introduction to Legend of Korra cause I know nothing of the franchise?


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    + Ryan Clements on June 26th, 2014 at 2:28 pm said:

    Beyond!

    I don’t know much about the story in the game, so I’d just recommend checking out the TV series, too! It’s really worth the watch. So good.


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+ Heisem on June 26th, 2014 at 2:26 pm said:

I love the leged of korra!


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+ Amir_G_M_US on June 26th, 2014 at 2:41 pm said:

No PS VITA release???

disappointing…

IT HAS BEEN A DISAPPOINTMENT FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS FOR THE VITA


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+ Elvick_ on June 26th, 2014 at 2:55 pm said:

It’s annoying that the Vita doesn’t at least get a port of the 3DS game. Vita misses a lot of games this way, I’d take that over nothing.


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+ gold_og_roger on June 26th, 2014 at 5:06 pm said:

This looks sick. I’m still going for 100% on Vanquish. Revengeance will be tacked after that. I just love crazy action games. I hope Platinum ports remastered Bayonetta 1 , to PS4! Oh, and please continue with support of the Vita!I ‘m getting another one soon, to replace my gifted old unit. There are some great titles, that I’m looking forward to.


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+ Broccosparagus on June 26th, 2014 at 6:32 pm said:

You guys need to stop saying things are for the PlayStation Vita when they’re not, you also need to start making things for the PlayStation Vita. This is seriously annoying.


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+ BlueBl1zzard on June 26th, 2014 at 7:20 pm said:

Hmmm, sounds interesting (and glad to hear there’ll be a pre-wedding mode too). I’ll be hoping for the best.


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+ BlueBl1zzard on June 26th, 2014 at 7:21 pm said:

autocorrect what happened?

*pro-bending mode


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+ BlaqMagiq24 on June 26th, 2014 at 7:46 pm said:

I’m definitely getting this! I loved Avatar The Last Airbender and I only watched a little of Legend of Korra but I will pickup on that series soon.


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+ Orochi_Sanji on June 26th, 2014 at 8:18 pm said:

I’ve been waiting a long while for a solid Avatar game and this looks like it’s the one. I’m excited to see the game developers working with the series creators. I’m excited to see this as a success and spawn more games of the series. Maybe even a fighting game.


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+ iREVOLTER on June 27th, 2014 at 12:36 am said:

Beyond!

I hope its a good OTT by PG with some Pro-Bending elements!


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+ ZenBuddhist on June 27th, 2014 at 9:04 am said:

“Special finishing techniques will also be purchasable from the in-game shop, which means gamers get a little loot spice for flavour.”

Am I to read this as micro-transactions for “special” finishing techniques? It reads as though you’re trying to put a positive spin on getting charged an additional cost for finishing moves.


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+ Im-Xero on June 27th, 2014 at 2:50 pm said:

Hey Ryan – BEYOND!

Do you know if there will be a Platinum trophy for this game?


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+ sk8_u_down on June 27th, 2014 at 5:13 pm said:

Everything that was aid in this article makes this game looks really promising and I can’t wait for a release date. I have a few questions if you don’t mind me asking, will there be cross buy between the PS3 and PS4, how long will the game be and will there be online and local multiplayer in the pro bending mode?


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+ ladyara on June 28th, 2014 at 10:29 am said:

I am a big fan of Avatar the Last Airbender and of Korra, this looks really great… can’t wait


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+ Octokoro on July 20th, 2014 at 1:34 pm said:

I wonder if the surprise that screams PlatinumGames will be the hair bender Bayonetta.


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