Much to the surprise of everyone, Team Cherry announced Hollow Knight: Silksong. What was supposed to be some add-on downloadable content (DLC) for Hollow Knight, has become a full on game. A sequel to the original, effectively making Hollow Knight a new franchise. Team Cherry also revealed that Hornet will be the new main character for the sequel.

Hollow Knight: Silksong was always intended to be a DLC expansion for the studio’s hit title. However, Team Cherry explains that the project quickly became way bigger than they ever intended. The result was a big expansion, rather than a simple piece of downloadable content. There was something so unique about it, however, that they decided to rather rewrite and redesign it as a full-fledged sequel. Although fans will now have to wait “a little longer”, Team Cherry thinks that the “final, fresh world” players will get to explore will be worth it.

Right off the bat, and duding by the new trailer,  it is obvious that Hollow Knight: Silksong has a lot more bells and whistles than Hollow Knight. It may have started out as a DLC, but the trailer definitely hints at nothing less than a proper release. In Silksong, players will get to explore a whole new kingdom, complete with coral forests, mossy grottos, gilded cities and misted moors as they “ascend to the shining citadel at the top of the world”.

Beyond exploration, players can also engage in brand-new “lethal acrobatic action”. A whole new suite of nimble moves allows Hornet to dance between foes in “deadly, beautiful combat”. She can also make use of powerful new tools that can be crafted. Team Cherry says that players can “master an ever-expanding arsenal of weapons, traps and mechanisms to confound” enemies and explore new heights; solve “shocking” quests, hunt down rare beasts and unearth ancient mysteries to restore the kingdom’s hope.

Furthermore, players can expect a brand-new orchestral score from award-winning Hollow Knight composer, Christopher Larkin. Silksong brings melancholy melodies, symphonic strings, and heart-thumping, “soul thrumming” boss themes to the adventure.

Hollow Knight: Silksong currently has no release date. I only managed to get to play the 2017 hit title last year, and it was every bit as enjoyable as everyone said it would be, and deserving of its many awards. Like Hollow Knight, Silksong will release on Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

[Sources: Altchar, IGN Africa, Forbes, Variety, YouTube]