Tag: Knack

  • News Sony Files New Trademark for the One and Only Knack

    Back in Knack

    Is Knack coming back?! PlayStation's most prodigious platforming hero hasn't been seen since the (honestly, rather good) Knack 2, which released back in 2017 — so we're coming up on five whole Knack-less years, if you can believe it. Anyway, Sony's filed a new Knack trademark in Japan, which has all of us Knackers on the edge of our...

  • Random Rejoice! The Knack King Remains PS4 Exclusive as Google Stadia Rules Out Port

    Breathe a sigh of relief

    Horizon: Zero Dawn, Dreams, and a couple more PlayStation 4 exclusives might be heavily rumoured to be headed to PC in the future, but don't worry, the console's true system seller and biggest title of the lot isn't going anywhere. We know you were all waiting with bated breath and now we can officially confirm that Knack...

  • News Knack 2 Among Best Game Nominations at BAFTA Children's Awards

    Other Sony games also in the mix

    Yes, you read that right -- before the year is out, Knack 2 could be crowned Best Game at the British Academy Children's Awards. With the series reduced to a meme at this point, we're sure the internet will be thrilled to see the sequel recognised as worthy of such an award. On a serious note, it's worth remembering...

  • News Knack 2 Bombed at Apocalyptic Proportions in Japan

    That's the last we'll see of him

    Knack 2 flopped so hard in Japan that no one even noticed. As always, the Japanese sales charts released yesterday spotlighting the Top 20 software releases in the Eastern region. Japan Studio’s sequel didn’t make the grade, and very few were even aware that it had launched during the tracking period (28th...

  • Feature How to Prepare for the Second Coming of Knack

    The Knackening is upon us

    The glorious return of our PlayStation Lord and Saviour Knack is almost upon us. If you have not yet welcomed the greatest hero of our age into your life, then worry not, as you still have time to atone for your ignorance. How, you ask? Well for starters, you can follow the instructions that we've laid bare below. Complete...

  • Push Rewind Was Knack Really That Bad?

    The right to exist

    The week that was is no more.  We're bringing back the Push Rewind name after nearly a year of dormancy, but with a brand new meaning. Instead of a round-up of the previous week's news, we'll be taking a deep dive into games that are about to receive a sequel. This will exclude reboots, spiritual successors, side stories,...

  • News Try Out Knack 2 with Free PS4 Demo Today

    Knack's back, baby

    Knack 2 has secured a sneaky PlayStation 4 demo ahead of its 5th September release. Already available on the European PlayStation Store – and presumably set to follow on American storefronts when they update later today – the taster takes you through the title’s Monastery level, which is a bit of a tutorial as we understand...

  • News Knack 2 Continues to Look Legitimately Awesome

    Got the Knack

    This is not a joke: Knack 2 looks really fun. It’s no surprise, of course, as we said a similar thing at E3 2017 – but given the meme status of the original, it’s worth reminding everyone that the sequel looks like a monumental improvement. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not going to win any Game of the Year awards – but the...

  • News Knack 2 Development Started Before Sony Had Approved It

    That's passion

    The team at Japan Studio are so passionate about Knack that they started working on the sequel before Sony had even given the project approval. “We were already evaluating prototypes before [the platform holder gave us the greenlight],” one team member told IGN as part of a behind-the-scenes interview on the game. “It was fun...

  • E3 2017 Sony Actually Went and Made Knack Good

    Pinch yourself

    Knack is the butt of all PlayStation jokes, but its sequel looks surprisingly excellent. The game’s director – and PlayStation 4 architect – Mark Cerny has talked at length about how his team at Japan Studio took feedback from the original on board, and while we don’t expect Knack 2 to be winning any awards, it looks like a...

  • E3 2017 Knack 2 Strikes Back This September on PS4

    Knack in the saddle

    Knack's back, baby! The quirky PlayStation 4 hero returns in Knack 2, and the sequel now has a release date. Announced during Sony's E3 2017 press conference pre-show, Knack 2 launches on the 5th September. Yep, it's not too far away. You can check out the title's latest trailer above, too.  Is Knack 2 on your radar, then?...

  • E3 2017 Knack 2 Genuinely Looks Unironically Good

    I'll be Knack

    Industry veteran – and PlayStation 4 architect – Mark Cerny appeared on Geoff Keighley’s PlayStation Live stream earlier today to show off Knack 2, and to the surprise of everyone… It actually looks really very good. While the original release was a very simplistic platforming affair, the sequel appears to be upping the variety...

  • News Knack 2 Promises a Candid Response to Fans' Complaints

    Knack from the dead

    In a world where we’re still waiting for a sequel to Puppeteer, it’s awkward to think that Knack 2 exists at all. Japan Studio’s launch title became a critical punch bag when it launched back on the PlayStation 4 in 2013, drawing ire from critics expecting something a little more exciting alongside a new piece of hardware...

  • PSX 2016 Knack 2 Announced on PS4 to Everyone's Complete Surprise

    Knack on wood

    Knack was a fine 3D platformer. It stumbled with its story, struggled with repetition, and lacked challenge with its level design, but we think it had a lot of potential to improve. So, it was hard to believe that Mark Cerny's, err, most important legacy would ever receive a sequel, but against all odds, Knack 2 will be building its...

  • Video Can PS4 Pro Bring Knack Back from the Brink?

    Cerny not

    Sony's support for the PlayStation 4 Pro can be described as "scattershot" at best. It's one of the system's biggest shortcomings right now; while games undoubtedly look and run better on the brand new box, not enough titles take advantage of it yet. This will change as we lurch into 2017 and support becomes mandatory, but right now, it's...

  • News Game of the Year Knack Will Be Enhanced by PS4 Pro

    But what about Bloodborne?

    Knack may not be a bad game, but it's certainly become a laughing stock over the years. That's not stopping Sony from pouring even more effort into the outing, however, as Mark Cerny has quietly announced that the Japan Studio developed platformer will be upgraded to take advantage of the manufacturer's new PlayStation 4...

  • News There's Mounting Speculation That Knack's Coming Back

    Cerny not?

    Knack, the much maligned PlayStation 4 launch title, appears to be on the verge of a comeback. A Taiwanese animator listed the title on her resume earlier in the year, and now "renowned" industry "insider" Shinobi602 has been teasing the title on NeoGAF. It's not the strongest source that we've ever based a story upon, but the

  • News Er, There May Be a Knack Sequel in Production for PS4


    Well, then – this is a story that we never, ever expected to write: Knack may be getting a sequel. An eagle-eyed member at NeoGAF spotted reference to the unexpected follow-up on the resume of a Taiwanese animator named Mindy Liang. Apparently, she worked on cut-scenes for the unannounced PlayStation 4 title back in May 2015. The company...

  • Weirdness Of Course Mark Cerny Platinumed PS4 Launch Title Knack

    Someone had to

    Mark Cerny is a busy man, but it seems that he still finds time to play the odd game. The new follow feature on the PlayStation 4 has proven a godsend for those who like to stalk their favourite gaming executives and have a nosy at their Trophies. And our very own Ben Potter noticed one pleasing tidbit while perusing the...

  • News There Are Only Ten of These Knack Statues in the World

    Cerny you want one

    Incredibly, it’s been a year since Knack first attacked the PlayStation 4 as a launch title – and in order to commemorate the occasion, Japan Studio has prepared ten ultra-rare statues, which will be given away at Sony’s forthcoming PlayStation Experience event. The trophy itself shows the titular hero standing alongside...

  • Weirdness What if PS4 Launch Hero Knack Was a Character in Killzone?


    It’s been ten years since this fresh faced editor first read about PlayStation 2’s supposed ‘Halo killer’ Killzone in one of the many gaming magazines around at the time. The series hasn’t gone on to become quite the commercial juggernaut that many predicted, but it’s still carved out a sizeable fanbase for itself, with each...

  • News Could Knack Possibly Make a Comeback? PS4 Architect Mark Cerny Would Like It To

    Indie-esque project next on the agenda

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Knack was easily the worst received of the next-gen console’s launch titles, securing a string of low scores around the web. However, it also attained a lot of press in the build up to release, primarily due to its ties to hardware architect – and industry legend – Mark Cerny...

  • News Hideo Kojima Took a Break from Metal Gear Solid 5 to Give Knack a Try

    Don't Knack it till you try it

    When he's not busy reminding us that he gets to play Metal Gear Solid 5 and we don't, it seems that Hideo Kojima, the director of the acclaimed stealth series, spends his precious spare moments testing out the competition. The professional provocateur recently took critical