UK-based gaming magazine Edge managed to score an interview which gamers have been waiting for all year: a conversation with Team Cherry about their ongoing project, Hollow Knight Silksong. First announced in 2019, Silksong is the planned sequel to 2017 Metroidvania action-adventure Hollow Knight. It is currently planned to release some time in 2021.
The upcoming issue of Edge will reportedly feature new screenshots, gameplay information and discussion regarding a demo which was shown to the Edge staff. Unfortunately, it has not yet been revealed whether or not the demo will be released to the public at a later date.
According to Team Cherry, Silksong will feature protagonist Hornet exploring the mysterious, potentially haunted kingdom of Pharloom. It will feature over 150 types of enemies and a number of NPCs who will have quests for Hornet to complete. A new weapon and tool crafting system will also be implemented. Hornet will also be able to use a new substance, Silk, to heal damage done to her by enemies.
Team Cherry members Ari Gibson and William Pellen shared their excitement at the new opportunities which Hornet’s physicality provides as she steps into the role of protagonist. “Hornet can travel so much faster, she can jump higher, she can mantle or clamber onto ledges, she’s generally more acrobatic,” they told Edge. Hornet is also taller than the previous game’s primary protagonist, the Knight, which has led to the team making changes in how levels and areas of the game are designed.
Currently, no release date has been announced for Silksong, though speculation seems to indicate early 2021 – possibly as early as February. The game is currently planned to be a Nintendo Switch console exclusive for a limited time, although a PC version is also in development.
Issues of Edge magazine can be purchased digitally via the Apple App Store’s Edge app.