The original Knack released alongside the launch of the PlayStation 4, and is sometimes seen as a tech demo for the console, but Mark Cerny and co. look to expand upon the things that the original game did well with Knack 2, once again pushing the technology that the PlayStation 4 offers.
Knack 2 is just a few months away from release now, and we've rounded up all the information that we can find for the game, such as the new abilities and combat mechanics, all the way to the new price point.
Knack 2 Essential Information:
- Release Date: September 5, 2017
- Price: $40
- Platforms: PS4
- Developer: SIE Japan Studio
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Genre: Adventure
Knack 2 Release Date and Price
Just a few hours prior to Sony's E3 2017 presentation beginning, the official PlayStation twitter account put out the tweet below, announcing that Knack 2 would be releasing worldwide on September 5, 2017. Knack 2 didn't appear anywhere in the actual E3 presentation a few hours later though, and this was the only time we've heard about the game at E3 2017 so far.
Just confirmed at https://t.co/6WGSKHicJz: Knack 2 launches September 5!— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 13, 2017
As for the price point for Knack 2, it was revealed during the official PlayStation pre-showcase livestream that the game would retail for $40, well below the premium price point that the original game was sold for. There's no word yet on why this decision was made, but the lower price point doesn't equate to a sacrifice in quality, as was proven by Ratchet & Clank costing only $40 in 2016.
Knack 2 Gameplay and Story
Back in the original game in 2013, titular character Knack was created by Dr. Vargas, in order to defend against an uprising from an evil goblin. Although we don't know any concrete details about the plot of Knack 2 right now, we can be sure that Knack will once again be a protector for humanity. On top of this, BAFTA award-winning writer Marianne Krawczyk has been employed to write the story of Knack 2, meaning we should expect a step up in storytelling quality from the original game.
As for the gameplay in Knack 2, it looks to be still based upon the core action platforming mechanics established in the original, as Knack can shed bodyweight in order to fit through tiny spaces, to complete platforming sections. There are also now four difficulty levels to choose from, that will hopefully make more of a difference than they did in the original Knack, as the difficulty levels could at times become more frustrating than challenging.
Combat in the original Knack was an overly simple affair, as Knack himself could only perform two types of punches, and one kick throughout the entire game. This time however, the character can perform a variety of kicks, punches, body slams, and lasso moves, which should add a welcome layer of depth to the combat. You can also upgrade each of Knack's combat moves as you progress through the game, as well as unlocking new abilities like a shield smash once you've cleared the game past a certain point.
As for the co-operative element of Knack 2, a friend can jump in at any point during the game, appearing as a blue version of Knack on-screen, and you can also play the entire game with someone sat next to you on the couch, solving puzzle and platforming scenarios together.
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This might be all the information we have on Knack 2 for now, but be sure to check back on this page in the months leading up to the release of the game, as we'll be adding any new information we hear from Sony prior to September 5.