Developer Team Cherry just released a new trailer for Hollow Knight: Silksong, and it’s a full-blown sequel, not the DLC that some were expecting.
Hollow Knight: Silksong stars Hornet, one of the original’s fan-favorite side characters, after she’s abducted from Hallownest and dropped in a dangerous new world. The trailer boasts over 150 new enemies, another beautiful score from the original composer, and appropriately silky-smooth animations for Hornet’s high-flying, death-dealing combat style.
In an accompanying blog post, Team Cherry explains that it originally planned for Hornet’s adventures in a new land to be DLC for the original Hollow Knight, but as development went on, it became clear that her story was much too large to be anything other than its own standalone game. Development on Silksong began just after Hollow Knight‘s initial PC release in early 2017, so it’s been in the making for roughly two years now, and the results certainly show. The animation is crisper and cleaner, the backgrounds are even more detailed, and the action looks more intense than in the original game.
Co-directors Ari Gibson and William Pellen expanded on this by revealing that Hornet’s chapter began life as a stretch goal during the game’s Kickstarter. The original idea was to let players switch between Hollow Knight and Hornet on the fly as an integral aspect of the gameplay design. But, as it turns out, the more they explored Hornet’s character and abilities, the more they wanted to give her her own game and huge, epic world to explore. Another interesting tidbit is that, whereas Hollow Knight descended deeper and deeper into the caverns of Hallownest, Hornet’s adventure will be one of ascension as she reaches the peak of a dangerous new kingdom.
There’s no release window yet for Hollow Knight: Silksong, but the game is currently in development for PC and Nintendo Switch.