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Hollow Knight on Wii U!
If you'd like to receive a copy of Hollow Knight on Wii U, please pledge at the $15 reward tier or above. Then, once the Kickstarter is over we'll send out a survey and ask you whether you'd like a copy of Hollow Knight on Wii U, Steam, or any other available system.
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New! Final Week Trailer: A Weird and Wonderful World
Everyone pledging at the $75 tier and above will receive a beautiful hand-printed screen print, with a message of thanks and our signatures on the back! 8 designs currently, with only 50 prints per design.
While we can't just yet make our final composer announcement, we can announce one very special thing: All backers pledging $25 and above will also be receiving a free digital copy of Hollow Knight OST!
To order extra screen prints or watercolours of the Hollow Knight, increase your pledge by the cost of the desired add-on(s) without changing your selected reward. After the end of the Kickstarter, you will be sent a survey in which you can specify the add-ons you wanted.
Here are the prices (including shipping):
Limited run Hollow Knight Screen Print: $45
Watercolour of Hollow Knight: $150
Hollow Knight Figurine
Developer Gameplay Videos
Early Crossroads and battling the Brooding Mawlek:
Battling a giant fly in a hidden, ruined church:
We've been Greenlit! Thanks so so much to all of you for voting! If the Kickstarter is successful, you'll now be given the option to receive your copy of Hollow Knight through Steam! (though we're still looking into a DRM free alternative, for those that prefer it).
Want to help spread the word about Hollow Knight? Bless you! Check out our Press Kit here for some materials that might help!
Channeling the styles of classic games like Metroid, Zelda 2 and Faxanadu, Hollow Knight is a 2D action adventure set in a sprawling, interconnected world.
As the enigmatic Hollow Knight, players will journey through the depths of Hallownest, a vast and ancient kingdom buried deep underground. Though long fallen to ruin after a dimly-remembered catastrophe, explorers and thieves still brave its dark roads, its caverns and towers, searching for riches and wonders.
Lately though, something has changed. Villagers and explorers venturing into the caverns have stopped returning. The caverns throb and tremble with a savage energy. A sweet and sickly poison is drifting through the hollows, sending creatures mad with rage and robbing explorers of their memories.
Your goal as the Hollow Knight is to explore this deep and complex kingdom, finding your own way through the dark caverns as you attempt to solve an ancient mystery. The way forward is not always clear, and deadly creatures will hunt you relentlessly, but as you press on, discovering new paths and shortcuts, and finding powerful new weapons and abilities, the kingdom of Hallownest will open up to you and eventually you will conquer it.
Hollow Knight has beautiful traditional art; fluid and responsive action; challenging but fair gameplay; and a bizarre insect world begging to be explored and conquered. Step into the depths of Hallownest and experience Hollow Knight for yourself!
- Traditional 2D animation brings creatures and characters to life
- A beautiful, eerie underground world of insects and heroes.
- Challenging gameplay that can be difficult but always fair.
- Fluid and responsive action allowing you to flow through combat like water.
- Find powerful new abilities and spells on your adventure to grow stronger and open new paths.
- Speak with and assist a cast of bizarre characters.
- Explore a vast, connected kingdom.
- Scour the world for hidden secrets – powerful artifacts, piles of riches, and surprising encounters.
- Go Dream Diving! Venture into the minds of friends and enemies and discover the strange worlds that await within.
- Return to town to seek advice, purchase new items, and chat with quirky townsfolk.
- Hidden areas full of the toughest challenges and battles, for expert players.
- A world of ancient mysteries and lore that players can investigate.
- A collection of challenging “feats” the most skilled players can strive for.
The world of Hollow Knight will be brought to life in vivid, moody detail, its bizarre and terrifying creatures each animated by hand in a traditional 2D style. The look of Hollow Knight is reminiscent of a lovingly crafted 2D animated movie. Vibrant characters and creatures and detailed environments will draw you deep into the world of Hallownest.
Each new area you’ll discover in your travels is unique and strange, teeming with new creatures to meet. We want to make sure the world of Hollow Knight is one worth exploring, even just to take in the sights and discover new wonders hidden off of the beaten path. The art and gameplay will intertwine to create a powerful sense of wonder and discovery as you venture further and further into the game.
Hollow Knight is an action adventure, so you’ll be spending your time freely exploring the vast, dense underground world of Hallownest, avoiding hazards and fighting rabid creatures. Once you’ve entered the depths, the route you take to your goals is up to you. Some guidance is given if you request it from villagers, but otherwise the path you take through Hallownest’s forests, cities, temples and other locations will all be your own choice.
Your ultimate goal and how to achieve it are initially a mystery but as you keep exploring you will find the keys to solving it. If you do get lost, don’t fret! Detours will often lead to hidden treasures and new equipment. If you take the time to explore you will be rewarded.
The game will be a challenging one and we will be throwing a lot of hazards and enemies your way. Luckily, your control over the Hollow Knight is extremely fluid and tight, allowing you to move and fight your way through enemies and hazards gracefully. Jump, dash and bounce from place to place as you watch the enemy for openings.
We’re aiming to give players a real sense of danger as they play so you’ll often find yourself in tense situations, surrounded by enemies, low on health and far from safety. This game will be all about skill though, so with quick reflexes you can escape from any situation! Even if you make a misstep and end up defeated, just jump straight back in there - a little wiser and stronger!
As you explore Hallownest you’ll find items and spells that will not only make you an even fiercer warrior, but also grant you abilities that allow you to explore even further, opening up new pathways.
Some of the many items and abilities waiting to be found:
Gain the power to dash! Dart skillfully away from attacks. Zip past hazards.
Reach new heights and sail over foes.
Focus the spirit within your empty shell, then unleash its force in a ball of deadly energy.
A powerful spell that sends enemies flying and can destroy the ground beneath you.
A nail attack that allows you to strike enemies in all directions. You’ll be vulnerable afterwards, so time it well.
Slice into the dreams of friends and foes! Discover what twisted worlds lay hidden in the mind of a bug.
Beneath the once prosperous town of Dirtmouth lies Hallownest, the ancient kingdom which is the setting of Hollow Knight. Once a glorious empire of lakes and waterways, cities and gardens, the world you now visit shows only fragments of its former greatness.
As you dig deeper into Hallownest’s depths, you will encounter a number of varied and surprising areas, including:
The Forgotten Crossroads
The remains of winding highways and alleyways carved through the earth to link the vast kingdom of Hallownest together. The roads are still open to brave travellers, but years of disrepair and infestation by feral creatures have made them dangerous to explore, especially for the unwary.
Once a beautiful network of verdant flora, this area is now choked by creeping fungi and flooded with burning acid. The royal greenhouses are falling apart and the Mantis Village is no longer open to outsiders.
The City of Tears
Once the great and bustling capital of Hallownest, its true name has long been forgotten. This metropolis was built beneath a subterranean lake. Now the city crumbles and the waters of the lake pour down like rain on the empty streets and abandoned towers.
With the right tools, a determined traveller can embark even into the minds of other bugs. Within the labyrinths of a mind all sorts of secrets and treasures can be discovered. But! No mind is built for trespassers and it will try and protect itself against your intrusion.
A prior traveller, infested with a parasite. Though its mind has gone it still possesses a deadly will.
A stoic defender of a once great city. He’ll rely on both his nail and his enormous body to prevent you from entering.
Rulers of the Mantis Village, wielding fierce nail-lances. Navigate to the heart of their kingdom and they’ll challenge the Hollow Knight to decide his worth.
A trio of ancient warriors, completely focused on perfecting their skills with a nail. Having hidden themselves away from the world they now spend their days in quiet introspection of their art. Best them in combat and they may be willing to pass on some fragment of their skill.
A ravenous creature that consumes all before it. Its species was decimated by the infection in Hallownest. Now only the possessed remain. Their stomachs can contain great treasure.
Deep in the Waterways beneath the City of Tears lurks the Dung Defender, once a knight, now lost to puerile obsession. Stalwart and full of bravado, the Dung defender eagerly challenges all who would enter his noxious realm.
Quick with her deadly needle, relentless in battle, Hornet is exploring Hallownest to find the answer to a riddle that has plagued her. She has so far resisted the infection, but will still cut you down if you stand in her path.
Not all fall prey to the sickness. Either too stubborn or too oblivious to the dangers, some within the caves still go about their lives. But watch out! Though several will be eager to assist you, others may delight in leading you astray.
One of the few remaining residents of Dirtmouth. Generally good natured but too cowardly to ever venture into the caverns himself, he instead offers guidance and welcome to the brave travellers who pass through. If you ever find yourself stuck he'll be happy to offer some advice, useful or not.
An explorer drawn recently to Hallownest, fascinated by its ancient ruins. Despite his friendly demeanour there is an odd quality to him.
Obsessed with his craft, the Nailsmith’s only goal is to create the perfect weapon. So consumed is he, he’s completely failed to notice the changes in the world around him.
Cornifer, the Cartographer
A map maker attempting to chart the labyrinthine caves of Hallownest. He’s finding the task more difficult than he’d planned. Still, he hurriedly presses on with his task.
Zote, the Knight of the People (self proclaimed)
A Dishevelled wanderer bearing a hand-made nail. Considers himself superior to the Hollow Knight in every way, though any attempts to show his heroic prowess somehow fall victim to "atrocious, appallingly unfair bad luck!"
Hollow Knight is the first release by Team Cherry. Our team initially formed around game jams, but we really bonded over our love for Zelda 2. Though we've all worked on games in the past, Hollow Knight is the culmination of the things we love in games. Its cute and creepy, quaint and epic. Together we’re putting all of our passion into this project.
Ari is an animator and co-owner of boutique animation studio mechanical apple. He’s worked on countless projects across film, games, music videos and advertising. Ari is guiding the art of Hollow Knight and animating a host of strange creatures to inhabit Hallownest.
William has been designing and building games for years and loves to create silly little worlds for people to poke around in and explore. He's been enraptured with games ever since his Dad found the wing boots for him in Zelda 2. he now wants to recreate that experience of adventure and excitement for other people.
Rohan is an illustrator, comic artist and traditional painter. Not only is he super talented, he's also one of the nicest person you'll ever meet! Rohan will be detailing the world of Hallownest, filling its cavern's with striking sites at every turn. Examples of his traditional work can be found at rohanfraser.com.au
The more you pledge, the more of these nifty rewards you'll get as thanks for your support. Here's a quick summary of some of them:
A Digital Copy of Hollow Knight
You’ll receive a digital copy of Hollow Knight for your choice of platform: PC, Mac or Linux. PC versions will be released first, with Mac and Linux versions to follow shortly afterwards.
Though no instruction manual is needed to play Hollow Knight, we really love them! So we’ll be preparing a fully illustrated one chock full of hints, tips, lore and notes about the game. Delivered digitally as a PDF.
Wise travellers make sure to bring their map when traversing the twisting caverns of Hallownest, so we'll be providing one at many tiers. With the world still being built, we can't yet reveal the map, though you can expect a high resolution, detailed, full-colour image spanning all of Hallownest. Its illustration will be representational rather than exact, but a close eye will discover a multitude of secrets and details that others might easily pass by. Delivered digitally as a PDF.
The Hollow Knight comic details the journey of Quirrel to Hallownest, revealing more back-story to several of the characters encountered there. Pay close attention and it may even aid in uncovering a dark secret within the game. Delivered digitally as a PDF.
Get a Beta copy of the game once it's ready to be distributed! This will be an earlier, in-progress version of the game that you can experience before everyone else. Help us test the game, provide feedback, and get a sneak peek at the world of Hallownest!
Get Your Name in the Shrine of Believers
Because you believe in us, we'll put your name and a short message of your choice in the game! Your name and message (nothing too offensive!) will be inscribed on a fancy stone plaque in the Shrine of Believers, a solemn area of the game dedicated to our backers.
Become a Ghost in the Glade of Hope
Appear in the game as a Bug Spirit! Above your name, engraved on an ancient headstone, you'll appear as a Bug Spirit. Work with us to design the look of your Spirit! Then, help us create dialogue for your ghost to tell of a previous life, aid the Hollow Knight on his quest, or taunt him as he passes by.
Become a Warrior Spirit in the Queen’s Glade
Become the ghost of an Ancient Hero, one of an elite few once famed throughout the kingdom. Work with us to design the look of your hero and help us create their dialogue to tell of your epic deeds, aid the Hollow Knight on his journey, or taunt him in cruel jest. Then! Test the Hollow Knight in ferocious combat. Decide the stats of your warrior - are you quick or strong? Ferocious or cowardly? If the Hollow Knight manages to defeat you, bequeath him a badge etched with a custom message for him to carry on his journey and remind him of you, always.
Original Water Colour Artwork
Receive a unique water colour artwork of the Hollow Knight, or any other character of your choice from the game. We'll mail the artwork to you, making sure its well protected in transit. Not only does funding at the watercolour tiers help out hugely for the game to get made, Ari really loves doing these artworks! He's really hoping some of you will back for them.
Just to specify, each of these watercolours will be done by hand and will be unique from each other! Your very own exclusive bit of Hollow Knight art!
Design a Character for the game
Work with us to design a character to meet within the game. You’ll help conceive their appearance, their back story and their dialogue. Are they a bug version of you? Or one of your friends? Or a character of your own imagination? What is their role in Hallownest? You can send us sketches (even just stick figures), or simply write us your idea.
Design a Boss for the game
Work with us to design a Boss character to challenge the Hollow Knight. Let your imagination run wild! Will you come up with some kind of giant beast, or maybe a charismatic swordsman type? You can give it an annoying gimmick, or surprise players with something they've never seen before! You can send us sketches (even stick figures are fine), or simply write us your idea.
Risks and challenges
There are plenty of challenges that come with making a great game. Most of them are fun though, so we don't mind taking them on! Time is always an issue, as is making sure that the core of the game is tight, challenging and a blast to play. We've already put a massive amount of work into Hollow Knight and we know that with all of you at our sides we can create a brilliant, exciting game for everyone to enjoy.
Though Hollow Knight is not a small game, its foundation has largely been built. The world is now fully constructed in its basic form, fully navigable and its items and power-ups are largely implemented. Our focus from this stage will be the population and dressing of that world. Many enemies and bosses are yet to be created and most of the areas require extensive art passes before they really come to life.
But even now, we feel the base is strong and from that base we aim not to radically expand Hollow Knight’s scope, rather just finesse, populate and detail the world that exists.
To ensure we remain on track, each stage of the game’s production will be visible through frequent updates on our website. We’ll detail the progress of the art, the story (no spoilers!) and the programming.
And we’ll be testing the game extensively with others both locally and in distributed beta builds, which we hope some of you will help us out with! Ultimately this game is for all of YOU, so we're going to need your feedback to create something great.
Our team size is small and we’ve limited bandwidth for bug fixing. Because of this we plan to release the PC version of Hollow Knight first, with the Mac and Linux versions planned to follow soon after. With each release we’ll strive our hardest for a rock solid version of the game, our standard being to match the stability and impeccable presentation of a First-Party release on the Super Nintendo.
Ultimately we want to deliver a grand adventure in an amazing unique world. We can’t wait for you to experience it and we’d be hugely grateful for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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