Knack is a PS4 launch title for “the rest of the family”, says Cerny

Friday, 20th September 2013 01:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Knack is to fill a gap in the PlayStation 4′s launch line-up, which is otherwise full of shooters and action games, according to designer Mark Cerny.

Speaking to IGN, Cerny described Knack as a “second urchase”, after a new PS4 owner has picked up a game like Killzone: Shadow Fall or Watch Dogs.

“I knew there’d be a lot of core games at launch, but I just didn’t see there being softer titles at launch. So as a core gamer, certainly you’re going to buy PlayStation 4 and Killzone, Watch Dogs, Destiny. But what about the rest of the family? And that was kind of the first thought behind Knack,” he said.

Cerny said we see fewer character action games these days because the audience that made them so popular – people who got into gaming with Mario, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot – have all grown up, but also that they were a product of their time.

“Crash Bandicoot was the top-selling brand for PlayStation One, but the world has changed. I think part of the reason we were creating mascot-type games in those days was that that was what the hardware could support. We made games with characters with big heads because we had pixels the size of your fist, and we just didn’t have very many of them as a result,” he said.

Knack will be available on day one in November, one of 33 PS4 launch titles. Check out Knack’s TGS 2013 trailer



  1. pcbros

    I still appreciate these types of games. My only problem with some of these platform/action games is that they are too simple.

    When I play games like Super Mario, Rayman, Sonic and Donkey Kong, they all provide a level of challenge (usually through clever level design).

    I just hope this game will provide a similar challenge and won’t be one of those simple games that get old quick.

    But kudos to Cerny for releasing a more “classic” style game :)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    ghap –> gap

    sorry for the curt post, work

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Arcnail

    There’s nothing wrong with variety in your line up, that’s for sure.

    Now maybe if one of these systems had a nice rpg or something (on launch).. I would actually buy one.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. MFBB

    #3 yeah those come 2014, The Witcher 3 and Final Fantasy 15, Dragon Age 3.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. AngryConsumer

    the game it self will be fine, Mark Cerny know his stuff when it comes to game mechanics etc. but the art design of the game is what put people off, and the main characters is not much likeable either. it just ain’t good looking, and to be honest it looks to cheap. you can take a look at skylanders and compare. you will see all the wonderful characters and the beautiful art design style. knack lack all of that. but if you can see beyond the lackluster visuals you will have a good game experience no doubt about that.

    #5 1 year ago

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