Developers release more information about Hollow Knight: Silksong
Speaking exclusively to Edge Magazine, developers gave more information on the hotly anticipated Hollow Knight: Silksong. The game comes as the sequel to the critically acclaimedHollow Knight from 2017.(Get it here-PC- or here-Switch-) In Silksong, the player will control Hornet, a key character from the first game. A masterful Metroid-Vania style action platformer, the original Hollow Knight wove tight, challenging gameplay with beautiful visuals and a rich, creepy atmosphere. It seems that Cherry Team, the game’s developers, intend to build on and refine the original formula with the sequel.
Team Cherry‘s developers Ari Gibson and William Pellen discussed some of the game mechanics, detailing information pertaining to Hornet’s movement style and tactics. The team spoke on the design of the gameworld, Pharloom, and how the gameplay will take advantage of the increased physicality. Gibson told Edge: “Hornet can travel so much faster, she can jump higher, she can mantle or clamber onto ledges, she’s generally more acrobatic. So the caves around her have to expand to accommodate her height.”
The original game was praised at the time for its fluid movement, so it’s interesting to learn how the team plans to improve these mechanics.
Fans of the game’s brutal difficulty shouldn’t be disappointed, either; the enemies in Silksong will reportedly be more intelligent and tactical. Pellen revealed to Edge: “The characters in this game, they’re kind of one step beyond that, where it doesn’t quite feel right for them to be that simple. Like, they have to have surprising ways of chasing you, keeping up with you, or evading your attacks.”
Gameplay and combat more involved than before – you won’t be able to trick enemies to fall off ledges anymore. It seems the player won’t be able to evade threats as easily; the original game enabled the player to escape some tricky enemy encounters simply by running away. It’ll be exciting to see how these changes will affect the dance, so to speak, of Hollow Knight’s addictive formula.
More information gleaned from the interview can be found through the Edge 345 app. You can also watch 20 minutes of gameplay here. Hollow Knight Silksong’s exact release date is still yet to be announced, but the game is scheduled this year for February. (Get the excellent Hollow Knighthere-PC- or here-Switch-)
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