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Introducing Knytt Underground, your next PS Plus title

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I’ve always wanted to develop a game that is heavily-story based, but I’ve always waited to do it until I had a story I really want to tell; something personal and different. Problem is, I can’t just decide to come up with such a story whenever I want. It’s an unusual and mysterious process and it kind of just… happens. Knytt Underground is the result of this process. Oh, and it’s also a pretty sweet exploration platform game.

The story
Knytt Underground tells a quirky and strange tale that connects to various things in my own life. It’s set in the future, hundreds of years after the humans disappeared from the planet. Sprites, fairies and various other lifeforms roam tunnels underground. They are curious about their origin and the meaning of life, and to find those answers they try to understand the ones who had obviously figured it out; the humans.

One organisation is devoted to understanding our science and language. They have successfully decoded that the letter J symbolises a hook and O the full moon. Another group tries to combine the truths of our different religions. I mean, what if they’re all right – at the same time?

All mixed up in this is our protagonist Mi Sprocket, a sprite chosen to perform a religious ritual which supposedly saves the world. Odds are it’s superstitious nonsense but you never know, right?

Mi is joined by two fairies; Dora (who tries to find some truth in everything) and Cilia (who thinks people are stupid). Together they must travel the underground to complete the ritual, even though it’s very uncertain what they will actually accomplish – if anything at all.

Knytt Underground really tries to make a point… but I’m not sure what that point is.

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The gameplay
When I designed Knytt Underground, I wanted to come up with a minimal number of mechanics that would allow lots of complex moves and interesting puzzles. By combining a very accurate platform character with a fast-paced bouncing ball and letting the player morph between the two forms at any time, the game got its very simple, yet deep controls.

Each form also has some temporary powers like a grappling hook or the ability to fly a small distance. Chaining these different abilities in a single move feels super-sweet.

Following the tradition of the previous Knytt games, a lot of the areas in Knytt Underground do not have enemies or dangers. Most of the world is designed to simply be a beautiful place where I hope the player wants to be. Despite the game’s huge world, each area has its own looks, music and atmosphere (which is why the level design alone took a year).

Why PS Vita and PlayStation 3?
The question for me when I was offered to work with Green Hill and Ripstone was more “Why not?” rather than “Why?”. Getting out on a new console means I can reach more people with my games. Besides, Knytt Underground is the type of game that plays best on a gamepad, so there’s no reason not to have it on a console.

In addition, the times I’ve talked to Sony, they have been super supportive. They also made a very nice impression at GamesCom, where 90% of all other games at the conference were the standard AAA games about stereotypical males killing other males with guns or swords. Almost every different and interesting game I found was in the Sony section. I hope they continue to support those kind of game projects.

Anyway, you’ll be able to play Knytt Underground for yourself when it launches on 21st December, priced at £9.99/€12.99. Remember, lucky PS Plus members receive the game as part of their Instant Game Collection. Enjoy!

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zalwelgoedgaan 18 December, 2012 @ 3:13 pm   1

Nice, looks like Outland.

 

Really can’t wait to play this.

Two Oddworld games and this in one week? Awesome!

“They also made a very nice impression at GamesCom, where 90% of all other games at the conference were the standard AAA games about stereotypical males killing other males with guns or swords. Almost every different and interesting game I found was in the Sony section.”

This is why i love Sony and Playstation platform.

I don’t think i could be playing games like Flower or Papo & Yo (and Knytt? we’ll see) if i’d buy another console.

 

True statement about Sony’s interest and support for titles that aren’t mainstream. Saw recently a top 10 list of the most innovative games from 2012. Microsoft got 1 mention, Nintendo 2 and Sony (including Planetside 2) and it’s platform received 6 or 7.

So a praise for that effort is well deserved, despite all other store and release issues. Or despite PSP Lego Batman for Germany and Australia. *shakes fist in anger*

Btt, Knytt’s art style reminds me a bit of Outland. Liked that ones composition more though. This might be a bit too … flowery for my taste. ;)

Thoroughly enjoyed Knytt Stories on PC back when it was new.
This should be an enjoyable experience.

And I can only assume by the tags that this will be a PS3/Vita cross platform game.

 
chrisboers 18 December, 2012 @ 3:25 pm   6

Thanks for an informative introduction to this game, and well done on the Cross-platform. I will be playing this on Vita mostly, so thanks for offering that :-)

Looks like a very interesting game, I hope you get the attention (and sales) this game deserves.

 

Wait… Store updates tomorrow/Wednesday 19th…

21st for Knytt free on PS+? Friday? We get two store updates this week?

 

Non of the PSN titels given in Plus could excite me.
There are some awesome PSN titels in the store (if you can find them) but the lot I got to try out in Plus didn’t do anything for me (except for Trine2). I (as always) going to try this one and hope I like it. ;-)

 
zxRATTLExz 18 December, 2012 @ 3:55 pm   9

Great to see something different and new offered on PS+ rather than games we already own on disc. Also a big fan of 2D stuff so looking forward to this.

 

TheMART 7 = jes
next week no update , so this week2 x ;)

 
Crowbrother 18 December, 2012 @ 4:01 pm   11

Any word about the games PS+ gets this january?

 
supersmith2500 18 December, 2012 @ 4:01 pm   12

Wait a minute, the US got it today.

 

not mi ting
i more in building = minecraft – farmvile ….
action = monsterhunter – bayoneta – old dmc – god of war ….
adventure /action / rpg = gta – skyrim – falout …..
sport = bof

mini games u play some bit = tetris – angry birds …..
special games = case by case + price

 
Crowbrother 18 December, 2012 @ 4:30 pm   14

darkness 2?

Ryusennin 18 December, 2012 @ 4:45 pm   15

Long standing fan of Nifflas games. I spent dozens of hours on Knytt Stories.

This looks like a neat mix between Knytt and Within a Deep Forest. Can’t wait to try it out!

 

mmmm according to this:
http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2012/11/28/playstation-plus-your-december-content/

19th December: Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) – not available in AU
21st December: Knytt Underground (PS Vita and PS3)

So… must be Introducing MORTAL KOMBAT, your next PS Plus title… unless MK and Knytt change dates.

Aces73High 18 December, 2012 @ 5:38 pm   17

Excellent, I’ve been looking forward to this for ages! Not long to go… … …

 

Looks great and would have defo picked this up for my Vita.
The fact that it’s a Plus game is awesome.

Looking forward to more original titles like this being on the Vita.

 
Devils_Demon 18 December, 2012 @ 6:07 pm   19

Looks like Outland with a bit of Limbo mixed in for good measure. That’s big compliment. Mixing those 2 games is never a bad idea. Looking forward to downloading it.

 

Really sony??? Another 8bit game for Vita plus??? You are not getting my money anymore for this plus trash games…

 
PanaSlayer 19 December, 2012 @ 9:06 am   21

Cool beans. Can’t wait to play this. Being a PS+ sub is awesome!!!

Also, it’s very true. Sony is supporting the indie devs more than anybody. That’s great for the industry and I suppose it does a lot of good for Sony too. :P

 

Crumbs! I would have bought this happily but if it’s on PS+ for free then I suppose Sony really are looking after Nifflas kindly.

I sure hope it does well sales wise since this guy deserves great success. I’ve loved all his previous titles and look forwards to grabbing this tomorrow!