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Hollow Knight developers announce a full sequel, Silksong

New adventure stars Hornet, set in a new game world

Chelsea Stark (she/her), executive editor, has been covering video games for more than a decade.

Hollow Knight developer Team Cherry surprised fans this morning by announcing a full sequel to 2017’s bug-filled metroidvania game, called Hollow Knight: Silksong.

Silksong stars Hornet, the princess protector of Hallownest from the previous game, who provides some challenging fights against the main protagonist, the Knight. According to a blog post by indie studio Team Cherry, Hornet was kidnapped and taken to a “whole new kingdom haunted by silk and song.” Her journey through to that kingdom’s peak takes her past 150 new enemy types, and through vivid environments like “coral forests, mossy grottos, gilded cities and misted moors.”

The team also teased that Hornet will have different moves and abilities, likely earned over her adventures in the metroidvania style, as well as the ability to craft traps and “mechanisms.” The game will feature the music of Hollow Knight composer Christopher Larkin, who crafted some haunting, memorable tunes for the first game, and a more challenging “Silk Soul Mode” after players have completed the game.

hornet fights in a darkened level in hollow knight: silksong.
Hornet will explore brand new worlds in Hollow Knight: Silksong.
Team Cherry

Silksong was originally conceived as just another piece of downloadable content for Hollow Knight, which already received several post-launch expansions. But the game quickly outgrew its original scope, the team wrote.

“Almost from the very start, Hornet’s adventure was intended to take place in a new land, but as we dove in, it quickly became too large and too unique to stay a DLC, as initially planned,” the developer said.

Team Cherry has no release date set for Hollow Knight: Silksong, which is coming to Windows PC, Mac, Linux, and Nintendo Switch. The team said everyone who backed the Kickstarter for the original game back in 2014 will receive the sequel for free, with the option to select Nintendo Switch as their platform of choice instead of PC if they backed for more than AU$10.

There’s also a 20-minute developer diary video, with even more information on Silksong.

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