Hand Drawn Metroidvania “Hollow Knight” Coming to Switch in Early 2018

Aussie studio Team Cherry’s gorgeous, hand-drawn metroidvania game Hollow Knight is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

The Switch port is coming sometime early next year – a release window coming after its original 2017 release for the hybrid console.

Team Cherry also confirmed they’re in talks with other console manufacturers to bring the game to other platforms as well. Once the Switch version is out and sent out to Kickstarter backers, they will be “properly exploring those options.”

Here’s a rundown on the game:

Beneath the fading town of Dirtmouth sleeps an ancient, ruined kingdom. Many are drawn below the surface, searching for riches, or glory, or answers to old secrets.

Hollow Knight is a classically styled 2D action adventure across a vast interconnected world. Explore twisting caverns, ancient cities and deadly wastes; battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs; and solve ancient mysteries at the kingdom’s heart.

Key Features

  • Classic side-scrolling action, with all the modern trimmings.
  • Tightly tuned 2D controls. Dodge, dash and slash your way through even the most deadly adversaries.
  • Explore a vast interconnected world of forgotten highways, overgrown wilds and ruined cities.
  • Forge your own path! The world of Hallownest is expansive and open. Choose which paths you take, which enemies you face and find your own way forward.
  • Evolve with powerful new skills and abilities! Gain spells, strength and speed. Leap to new heights on ethereal wings. Dash forward in a blazing flash. Blast foes with fiery Soul!
  • Equip Charms! Ancient relics that offer bizarre new powers and abilities. Choose your favourites and make your journey unique!
  • An enormous cast of cute and creepy characters all brought to life with traditional 2D frame-by-frame animation.
  • Over 130 enemies! 30 epic bosses! Face ferocious beasts and vanquish ancient knights on your quest through the kingdom. Track down every last twisted foe and add them to your Hunter’s Journal!
  • Leap into minds with the Dream Nail. Uncover a whole other side to the characters you meet and the enemies you face.
  • Beautiful painted landscapes, with extravagant parallax, give a unique sense of depth to a side-on world.
  • Chart your journey with extensive mapping tools. Buy compasses, quills, maps and pins to enhance your understanding of Hollow Knight’s many twisting landscapes.
  • A haunting, intimate score accompanies the player on their journey, composed by Christopher Larkin. The score echoes the majesty and sadness of a civilisation brought to ruin.
  • Complete Hollow Knight to unlock Steel Soul Mode, the ultimate challenge!

Hollow Knight is now available for PC across SteamHumble Store, and GOG.



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  1. Amethyst Eclipse
    Amethyst Eclipse
    November 14, 2017 at 3:16 am

    “properly exploring those options.” Targeting the console with the highest install base where similar games like Salt and Sanctuary did extremely well should have been the top option before others but their KS only had stretch goals for Wii U and Vita because of course that’s what a KS darling would do.

  2. GameZard
    November 14, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Thank goodness it is not coming to Vita.

  3. Mister6ame3
    November 14, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Nice more people gonna plays this game.

  4. SevTheBear
    November 14, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Wouldn’t it also come to PS4 at some point?

  5. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    November 14, 2017 at 8:25 am

    whats a vita?

  6. DrearierSpider
    November 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Games like this are perfect for the Switch. I don’t game on the go like I did when I was a kid, but I’d be ecstatic to get a handheld game like this.

  7. BFG
    November 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Something that Gamezard has an unhealthly obsession for

  8. iswear12
    November 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Put out a review for this already! A spotlight wasn’t enough.

  9. iswear12
    November 14, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Its also because the Switch literally did not exist at the time of the kickstarter

  10. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    November 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Can’t wait to play this on the Switch. I’ve heard great things!

  11. Mea K
    Mea K
    November 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hollow Knight is one of the games of the year for me so it’s been quite sad to see the mainstream and their press pretty much ignore it (it deserves Cuphead levels of hype/coverage). Hopefully the Switch release will remedy that.

  12. Amethyst Eclipse
    Amethyst Eclipse
    November 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Not an excuse when that was in 2014 when that console was a flaming disaster three years before Switch and one after the PS4 released.

  13. malbhet
    November 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I hope it will release physically and be 60fps, or at the very least Limited run games release it physically.