Sony‘s Worldwide Studios has released some brand new information on the world and characters of Knack – a premier first-party launch title for the PlayStation 4. Knack harkens back to the good ol’ days of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, and for more than a few reasons – of particular note, all three IP’s were helped in being brought to life by Mark Cerny (Director of Knack), who is also the Lead System Architect on the PlayStation 4.
We played an early build of the title at the EB Games Expo 2013, which felt like a PG-rated God of War in respect to certain gameplay conventions and level structure. The game feature 2-player local co-op (which will be detailed at a later time), with a narrative told through 90 minutes of fully mo-capped cinematics dealing with Knack becoming the world’s “secret weapon” against a goblin threat, and the origins of the mysterious ancient relics that power everything on the planet. Below you will find brief descriptions of each main character; check out the gallery at the bottom of this article for screens, not only of them, but of general gameplay and the various forms of Knack himself.
Doctor – Knack’s creator is a genius but can be moody and impetuous at times. He also raised Lucas since the boy’s parents died, so he’s pulling double duty as a father figure. Although he’s not always good at it…
Ryder – Lucas’ uncle is a brave adventurer and explorer who is invaluable to the mission to defeat the goblins.
Lucas – Very level headed for such a young age, and Knack’s best friend.
Viktor – A billionaire industrialist who makes his fortune mining the ancient relics that provide power for electricity, machinery, vehicles and more. He brings his powerful robots on the expedition to discover more about the goblin threat.
Katrina – Viktor’s head of security, she’s tough and composed no matter what occurs.
Metal Knack – Very tough and powerful (and my favourite), but being made of metal also means you’re magnetic. Which can lead to some interesting problems!
Wood Knack – one of the biggest versions of Knack in the game. And while wood is easy to find, it does burn easily! That said, if you are on fire you can use that to access some extra areas…