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Knack Is A Mix Of God Of War, Katamari And Crash Bandicoot

That's how PS4 system architect Mark Cerny described the upcoming exclusive, Knack. You're interested now, aren't you? I know I am.

During an informative Q&A session over at the PlayStation Blog, Cerny provided the gaming world with plenty of intriguing Knack info, including details pertaining to gameplay, setting, style and length.

When asked what players will be "most surprised by" in the promising title, Cerny replied:

"Each level is a different variation on the theme of “Here’s this character who has this ‘knack’ that lets him grow and transform.” In some levels he’ll slowly grow, and in other levels he get big really fast – by picking up icicles for example — but then if he goes out into the sun he’ll melt down quickly.

The way I look at it – there’s a bit of Crash Bandicoot in there, a bit of Katamari Damacy, which is a game I love and must have bought three of four times over the years. And there’s a bit of God of War too. You can see that game’s influence on Knack – especially in the control set, where the right stick is the dodge. Actually God of War 3 was one of my consulting projects!"

That really sounds like a blast. In terms of style and structure, Cerny said that although it wasn't really evident in the E3 demo, Knack "is a very story-driven adventure." The first play-through will take about 10 hours, but the team is including plenty of extra features that will up the replay value:

"For example, there are hundreds of secret rooms and many contain treasure chests. Some of those are part of gadgets that will help Knack in his quest – you need to collect all the parts before you can build the gadget. Others are crystal relics where if you collect enough of them you can unlock a variation on the Knack character you can use in a subsequent play-through. There are also a couple of additional features that we’re not talking about at this point."

In a landscape that seems to be dominated by the dark, the violent, the gritty, and the potentially offensive, Knack is bright, charming, and hopefully loads of fun. It's a great contrast to many of the blockbuster titles on tap for the fall, and it could be a perfect PS4 launch title.

Related Game(s): Knack

Tags: knack, knack ps4, mark cerny, knack details

6/26/2013 9:30:34 PM John Shepard

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Comments (12 posts)

KidPresentable
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 10:14:50 PM
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Cerny is a legend in this business and he's made two extremely well designed systems. But the gameplay they've shown of Knack looks ordinary and uninspired. I'm hoping it's like the R3 situation, when the game looked not so great but the game ended up being sweet.

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Neo
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 10:26:58 PM
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Already preordered it alongside Killzone: Shadow Fall and Watch Dogs. xD

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Kiryu
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 3:33:48 AM

Man your Rich

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 11:15:16 PM
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Nope, too kiddy for moi.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 2:55:00 AM
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I'm sorry but this is nothing like Crash Bandicoot. The reason Crash Bandicoot tanked in the first place was because 'Radical Entertainment' made turned Crash from a platforming gem into a mindless action game like controlling like God of War. Many say Crash had nothing after Naughty Dog moved on, but I still argue to this day that Crash Twinsanity was one of the best platformers of last gen and in a sense of the last true platformers ever released.

Knack may evening have platforming elements but the combat will take over just as in Ratchet and Clank it had guns and Jak II followed shortly after. So no this does not offer the platforming experience I have been waiting for on Playstation consoles.

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___________
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 3:01:47 AM
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mark is such a troll!
one look at knack, saw that boss and instantly thought of N Tropy, one of the most frustrating but strangely funnest boss battles ever made!
god dam it mark, could you stick the knife in any deeper?
just hurry up and do a crash bandicoot HD collection already!!!!!!!!!!

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DrRockso87
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 11:53:01 AM

Sony doesn't own the rights to Crash Bandicoot and the first three PlayStation Crash Bandicoot games are already available on PSN anyway.

I would love it though if Sony and Activision could partner together to create a new, back-to-roots Crash Bandicoot game like the PSOne versions someday.

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___________
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 10:11:36 AM

acti dont own the rights to it either, vendi does.
the series was doomed when mark left universal interactive studios and went to work with shu.
though vendis been in allot of financial trouble lately and have been rumored to want to sell off all their acti shares, so it seems pretty likely they would be itching to get rid of some licenses as well.
ND could probably walk in and get it without even having to say a word!
only problem is finding a developer for it.
JP studio would be the perfect fit especially since marks working with them now, but they already have their hands pretty full with the games they have now.
makes me wonder if the cancellation of the crash bandicoot remake happened because vendi or someone else intends to do it themselves?
just seems so strange that it was going along so well making so much progress, than boom it fell off the map and confirmed dead.
should of known crash in CE3 is just too much awesomeness for this world to handle!
:(

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mk ultra
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 4:55:07 AM
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I was not impressed by the E3 demo at all. The more I'm hearing the more interesting it sounds, but the gameplay just didn't look that fun to me. I'll definitely keep my eye on it though. I haven't completely written it off yet.

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Ninja_WafflesXD
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 7:19:25 AM
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Crash Bandicoot? *ears perk up*

I'll admit, I wasn't even considering this game before, but this has certainly perked my interest :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 11:27:12 AM
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Cerny speaks good Japanese.

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___________
Friday, June 28, 2013 @ 10:13:06 AM

he ought to, he worked for SEGA for quite a while.
back then, and even now, most of their staff dont speak a lick of english so it was learn japanese or walk.

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