When Hollow Knight first released in 2017, no one knew it would go on to become one of the top-selling indie games of that year, earning multiple awards and attracting a community of fans.
The 2D Metroidvania game about bugs was created by Team Cherry, a small three-person studio based out of South Australia.
Following the success of Hollow Knight, Team Cherry began working on Hornet, a DLC expansion that was originally a stretch goal for Hollow Knight and planned on adding a second playable character to the base game.
However, the developer quickly realized that their plans for Hornet were becoming too ambitious and instead opted to release it as a full game.
We’re here to cover everything you need to know about the upcoming indie title, including story and gameplay details, as well as some popular rumors circulating online.
We’ll be updating this story in the future with new information, so make sure to check back.
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Hollow Knight: Silksong Release Date
Hollow Knight: Silksong was announced in February 2019 via a reveal trailer. The game is a sequel to Hollow Knight and the second project to come from Team Cherry. Silksong currently has no official release date, although online speculations point to a potential June 2021 release window.
At launch, the game will be available on PC, Mac, Linux and Nintendo Switch. Team Cherry has said they don’t have any word on other versions at the moment, but given that the first Hollow Knight eventually made its way to PS4 and Xbox One, expect Silksong to do the same.
The game is currently not available for pre-order; however, Kickstarter backers of Hollow Knight will receive a free copy of Silksong when it eventually does release.
Hollow Knight: Silksong Story
Silksong isn’t just a clever insect-adjacent title that Team Cherry cooked up. It directly relates to the game’s new setting, a currently unknown kingdom where both silk and song rule. It’s here that Hornet’s journey begins after she manages to escape from capture.
The game has Hornet attempting to reach the kingdom’s peak where a shining citadel awaits. Along the way, she’ll encounter a range of new characters and over 150 new enemies throughout several different locales such as coral forests, mossy grottos, misty cities and more. As the story progresses, more information about the haunted kingdom and Hornet’s purpose will be revealed to the player.
The concept of ascending higher and higher to reach the citadel is an intentional inversion of Hollow Knight’s story, which was centered on delving deeper into the kingdom of Hallownest. Additionally, Hornet herself features several key differences that set her apart from the previous game’s protagonist.
For one, she was introduced in Hollow Knight as having the ability to speak, which seems to have been retained for Silksong. Since Hornet is already an established character, she also comes with her personality traits, for better or worse, whereas Hollow Knight was more of a blank canvas. This shift may result in interactions with other characters playing out much differently than before and affect Silksong’s overall tone.
While little else is known regarding the game’s story, Team Cherry has given an update that provides further details on some characters we can expect to see in the final game.
- Lace – A lithe fencer wielding a gilded pin, the traditional weapon of Pharloom. Lace is a dangerous foe, cloaked in mystery, who’ll delight at causing Hornet’s swift, skewered demise.
- Shakra – Fierce and intimidating, Shakra is a warrior seeking her master, who vanished under strange circumstances. Shakra’s clan are skilled fighters who can handle their own in the kingdom’s wilds. Usefully for Hornet, each member of the clan also hones a Craft-Skill, and Shakra’s mastery of cartography will prove invaluable on Hornet’s adventure.
- Trobbio – Master of the Stage, the Brush and the Voice, the flamboyant butterfly Trobbio seeks fame and adoration throughout Pharloom.
- Sherma – An optimistic pilgrim on a spiritual journey. Sherma’s path may often cross with Hornet’s, but his lack of combat and acrobatic prowess can land him in desperate need of aid.
- Garmond and Zaza – A rough older bug and his noble steed, on a quest to discover a new home. Garmond may be the chattier of the two, but Zaza could be the real brains of the pair.
Hollow Knight: Silksong Gameplay – What Could Be Changed?
With Hornet being a lot brighter and cleverer than Hollow Knight, Silksong’s crafting and combat mechanics may feel slightly different for anyone who’s played the first game.
Similar to Hollow Knight’s charm system, Hornet can equip a variety of weapons, traps and other mechanisms to help with battles and traversing environments. However, unlike Hollow Knight, she can craft these items herself once the required materials have been collected.
Hornet’s fighting style is also a bit more fast-paced than Hollow Knight’s, with momentum playing a larger role. Additionally, her ability to speak to other characters has resulted in more quest variety, with NPCs making requests for Hornet to complete, such as gathering food and resources or hunting down specific enemies in exchange for a reward.
Much like Hollow Knight’s “Steel Soul Mode,” which unlocks after the player completes the game for the first time and introduces new conditions such as permadeath, Silksong will feature a “Silk Soul Mode” that aims to make subsequent playthroughs feel more interesting.
The Final Word
With Hollow Knight: Silksong, Team Cherry looks to build upon their already stellar reputation for releasing lengthy experiences for a fraction of the price we see from AAA titles with similar amounts of content. The studio’s dedication to their fans and to putting out their absolute best work makes the wait for Silksong slightly more bearable and worth it.
Whether or not the game can live up to the hype and standards put in place by the first Hollow Knight is yet to be seen. For now, all we can do is wait.
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