Knack, Mark Cerny's upcoming PS4 platformer which led the game announcements at the console's debut event, was pitched to Sony brass as the PS4's own Crash Bandicoot, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Edge in a recent interview.
Some of the announcement event's harshest critics questioned why Knack was the first PS4 game ever shown to the world, as its mascot-driven, cartoonish veneer seems an odd bellweather for next-gen gaming. Yoshida explained that the company prioritized Knack's announcement to stymie the expectations to be a dedicated console for photorealistic, mature video games.
"It was pretty intentional," Yoshida told Edge. "Mark's idea was like ‘what about [a] Crash Bandicoot for PS4?' when he suggested the concept of Knack. We were like yeah we hate...
Sony's timing on its PlayStation 4 reveal "was perfect" and "wise," according to vice president of insights, Jesse Divnich, of market research firm Electronic Entertainment Design and Research
"By announcing early and at an isolated event, it allows Sony to capture 100 percent of the attention of gamers, technology enthusiasts, and industry insiders," Divnich said. "Sony's announcement now gives publishers plenty of time to prepare for E3 and it shifts the focus of the show to the software, which ultimately is what gamers look forward to the most."
According to Divnich, Sony is now "in a perfect storm of circumstances" that will help hype the next generation throughout the entire industry. He continued to warn third-party publishers against waiting to throw in support, adding that...
PlayStation 4's lead system architect Mark Cerny has announced the first game, Knack, for the newly revealed console.
The game, which features animated, cartoonish graphics, is being developed by Japan Studio under Cerny's direction. The announcement came with a brief trailer to tease the game.
"War has come to our peaceful land," the trailer's narrator, voiced by Jennifer Hale, begins. "We must send our best to neutralize this threat."
Knack, who the game is named for, is a robot "capable of explosive growth." Scenes in the trailer, which you can watch below, show Knack at colossal sizes before shedding his junk particles and shrinking down. Knack was created to help turn the tides in a war against goblin forces, who fight the human race.
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