A PlayStation 4 launch title, Knack is finally getting its sequel. It was revealed during yesterday's PlayStation Experience floor show, and it actually looks pretty good.
Announced about midway through the PSX conference, Knack 2 is the follow-up to 2013's lighthearted platforming romp. It wasn't received super well critically, so we figure it had to sell pretty well to warrant another go. To be fair, plenty of folks on message boards and the like seem to have enjoyed the original Knack, it just didn't turn out to be the Pixar-esque adventure it seemed to be. Folks went in expecting Ratchet & Clank and instead got, "Well, that was fine."
Sony's Shuhei Yoshida hit the stage to give Knack 2 its due, saying it was a game designed for the "young and young at heart," with something to offer both casuals and hardcore players alike.
Based on the trailer, it looks like Knack 2 might be heading in the right direction.
What's interesting here is that absolutely no story information is provided. Rather than focus on the characters, villains and plot, we're instead treated to a couple of minutes of Knack and his pal (Um, Blue Knack?) running around, platforming and punching folks.
If nothing else, it looks like the gameplay will be fun. There's some light puzzle solving on display, with Knack frequently having to shift between tiny and full-grown form to pull levers, avoid obstacles ,and the like. Knack's also going to have a couple of jump abilities on hand, with a double jump and a floaty spin move shown off in the trailer.
But as I hinted at above, the real draw for many here will be the fact that Knack 2 offers a cooperative experience. While the game can certainly be played solo, a second player can also jump in and control a second Knack. Whether this is part of the storyline or just a fun added feature is unclear. However, all of that running, punching, shooting, etc. certainly looked more fun with a friend.
Rumors have been buzzing around the internet this past year that a sequel to Knack was on the way, so it's nice to officially take this one off of the rumor pile and place it into the "coming in 2017" stack. And while Knack might not appeal to everyone, we think it was a great idea to give it some time at PSX. The whole point of the show was to display the diverse catalog of games coming to PlayStation consoles in 2017 and, while there were a few family-friendly games in the mix, Knack 2 is undoubtedly aimed at that frequently overlooked group.