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GamesCom 2011: Grasshopper Manufacture Announces Black Knight Sword For PlayStation Network

Posted by Sammy Barker

Grasshopper Manufacture and imaginative game concepts go together like cheese and pineapple, so the Japanese developer's latest PlayStation Network title won't come as a huge surprise

Entitled Black Knight Sword, the downloadable title — which is set to be published by Digital Reality early next year — is a 2D platformer with a "picture book" art aesthetic.

"Black Knight Sword is a fully Grasshopper-developed title. It's a blend of old meets new, classic meets fresh," Grasshopper said at the game's unveiling. "This is a side-scrolling action title inspired by Japanese theatre drama. It's also a modern interpretation of a picture book-type game, with old-school action gameplay.

"Even through the development is being handled by Grasshopper, the partnership with Digital Reality on the European continent has influenced the setting, tone and background. There's a lot of European soul injection in there."

Black Knight Sword is not the first title to see Grasshopper and Digital Reality join forces — the duo are currently also working on Sine Mora for the PlayStation Store. Both games are due out in "January or February" of next year.

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