Sony Hints to PS4 Return of Old and Beloved Characters, Knack Possibly Becoming a Franchise

Yesterday Sony held its 97th General Shareholder Meeting at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo and Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House was asked to report on the games available on PS4 and on the future software plans.

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Robochobo1371d ago

Interesting to hear about a possible continuation of Knack. Hopefully the sequel evolves on ideas from the first in a better package for all.

Abriael1371d ago

yeah the ideas were good. I liked the game, mind you, but I'm told I'm easily amused :P

Yet, there definitely were some problems in the implementation.

morganfell1371d ago

I enjoyed it and possibly more than most. The combat was deceptive in its depth.

I would have preferred a different voice actor.

And on a separate note the free companion app was addctive.

bouzebbal1371d ago

i love knack and i can only be happy and excited when i hear this.

darthv721371d ago

I'd love a new jumping flash. It might not be beloved but it certainly is old...and fun.

Alexander1Nevermind1371d ago

I played Knack, enjoyed the game and beat it. Once you got into the higher levels the game was actually very challenging

sovkhan1371d ago

Knack is clearly, for me, an underated game.

I 've been throught it and it is challenging and fun...

So nice to hear there gonna be some sequels.

NewMonday1371d ago

nice to see some Knack love, a most enjoyable game for me

minimur121371d ago

Ryder in Knack is Regggie from inFamous Second Son :)

UltimateMaster1371d ago

I'm thinking Crash Bandicoot.
I'd wish they would make new games off other SCE PS1 master-pieces too.

Kavorklestein1370d ago (Edited 1370d ago )

^ @ Everyone who posted their opinions above me.

Isn't it nice being able to have constructive and positive and varying opinions about games you like/liked on Sony platforms? (with so few disagrees?)
Isn't it nice to say what you want and have your own opinions about things?
I bet it is. :)

That ^ is all we Xbox fans really want and should be able to to do when we talk about the games WE like.

Now all ya gotta do, is remember this simple thing next time you are going to troll Xbox articles, and specific xbox fans like truefan1 and more powerofgreen and various others.
It's pure hatred, and vile-ness, and it's totally un-needed.
If you do have something to say, let's just say it without getting so ugly all the time.
Please and thank you!

An Xbox fan, who likes plenty of Playstaion and Nintendo, and PC games as well.

To those who already DO their best to discuss things rationally and respectfully in xbox articles, I/we thank you, and if you doubt the validity of my comment, please reflect on your agrees and disagrees once more.

Happy Gaming!

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imt5581371d ago (Edited 1371d ago )

Well, Knack were sold around 1 mil. copies, so probably further sequel are reasonable. Knack is a solid platformer, little tiring, but solid and has long SP campaign.

Anyway, i really want Wipeout and Rollcage back on track. I really miss Studio Liverpool ( Psygnosis ).

NewMonday1371d ago

FYI there is a Shadow of the Beast remake

hardcorehippiez1371d ago

yea i want an updated xenon megablast along with an up to date remix of the soundtrack. awesome

bouzebbal1371d ago

how about some Destruction Derby greatness?

barb_wire1370d ago


Xenon Megablast was made by The Bitmap Bros. it's awesome soundtrack was by Bomb the Bass.

True, an update could be awesome.. but if we've doing updates I wouldn't mind seeing


mediate-this1370d ago

Knack was/is a garbage game, 5/10 at best, it sold mill cause there is no games to be play on ps4. Once the install base gets bigger for ps4 it will go through what resistance went through and decline sales each iteration.

Resistance one sold good cause there were no games to play on ps3 at the time

Tiqila1370d ago

Resistance 1 sold good because it is an awesome game with a great two player offline cooperative campaign and fun multiplayer.

Dr_Yo1370d ago

Omg someone actually remembers rollcage??? I thought it was a lost forgotten game by everyone :/

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buffig1371d ago (Edited 1371d ago )

Image Knack with a Metroidvania kind of structure. But giving the player freedom to explore element combinations and letting them be creative about puzzle solving. I want to be able to grow massive when I dictate, by collecting items, not because the game demands it. Knack has enormous potential and Sony really needs to set it free. Imagine a game which is a cross between Lego Marvel, Arkham City, Katamari and Doodle God. Do it Sony!

Godmars2901371d ago

Given how the first game is considered not to be finished, its nice that they're giving it another chance. Hopefully wont repeat that mistake.

Dark111371d ago (Edited 1371d ago )

Knack is one of the worst games ever
why would anyone want that to be a franchise is beyond me.

sure there is more games are far worse
but still that doesn't change the fact that knack is piece of shit.

badz1491371d ago

Worst game ever? You clearly haven't played a lot of games then.

MrSec841371d ago

I can't agree, Knack was a great launch title for PS4, it was lots of fun, challenging on the right settings & it was one of the only platform games available between PS4 & XBox One at launch.

The franchise has a lot of potential & that game was a great base to start from.

kenshiro1001371d ago

Says the troll with two bubbles.

bouzebbal1371d ago (Edited 1371d ago )

people talking bad about it are those who never touched it just like you... people love to hate for i dont know what reason.
Knack is great, and i hope they focus more on some nice couch co-op in the next one cause i would definitely buy it eyes closed.

OT: i would love me some Crash by Sanzaru Games, they nailed Sly: Thieves in Time!

MRMagoo1231370d ago

I loved knack and continue to do so even the companion app is fun, My son also loves knack and is currently on his 4th play thru to try to get the remaining gems for the rarer knack forms. So no knack was not crap at all.

sic_chops1370d ago

Dark never gave it a chance. I can tell.

ScorpianusNoir1370d ago

Because Knack was a great game. The fact that it had no Nudity, Blood or Profanity seems to lead some people to think that it is a kids game but, this old man found the story to be very engaging and the characters to be likable.

I would really like to get more of this story.

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Majin-vegeta1371d ago

You have to own one in the first place.Which you dont ;)

Edsword1371d ago

Knack was okay, I would have to see some real changes to consider a sequel. I think it would have been cool if You could have more control over Knacks size. For example, make the game more open with a free camera, make Knack's size part of the platforming, ex Knack can't access this area unless he reaches this size, the area may not be necessary, and the size you get to might be related to skill or time spent collecting.

showtimefolks1370d ago

ok andrew house, you replaced uncle jack at E3(you got the most on stage time), if you can bring back Crash than i like you more lol

please bring back crash

also how about buying shenmue from sega

DigitalRaptor1370d ago

Ughhh Shenmue.

The holy grail.

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-Foxtrot1371d ago

I still have hopes for Crash Bandicoot...even though he wasn't at E3

I really think it was pointless adding that hint in the PS4 launch trailer if they haven't got the rights

aceitman1371d ago

Maybe gamescom announcement. Cross fingers.

ColeMacGrath1371d ago (Edited 1371d ago )

Andrew House: Ladies and gentlemen... Mark Cerny!

*crash bandicoot insanity beach music plays*

Mark: You guys have been waiting for this.. There you go.

Screen shows: Sony Computer Entertainment America presents.... A Naughty Dog Studio production... CRAAAASH REMASTERED!

I have so much hope for this. :(


Didn't they make the HD Collection of J&D a few years ago and ported it last year to the Vita? Why wouldn't they make a Remastered version of Crash Bandicoot?

guyman1371d ago

Naughty dog will never develop a crash remake. Perhaps Japan studio would

szenkapotamus1371d ago

They wouldn't devote their most talented studio to a Crash remastering, if they even get the rights from Activision. They'd have someone like Sumo or a smaller studio do it.

ColeMacGrath1371d ago

Remind me who remastered J&D for PS3 and PS Vita? And who is currently remastering TLOU? Why would you think Crash is something too lame for a big developer to remaster? Even though ND is a highly respected developer, they'd still earn much more respect from those who are waiting for the revival of the original PS mascot. :)

ChickenOfTheCaveMan1370d ago

Let Crash be remade by another team, ND needs to make that realistic Jak and Daxter!

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Emanno1371d ago (Edited 1371d ago )

Crash Bandicoot remastering would be a great idea for PS Vita. I don't think Activision even owns the franchise anymore, since they removed him from their website. Apparently his trademark is in the Bank of America.

RexDD1370d ago

You should really read your own links before you post. The link just proves that activision still owns the franchise. You just disproved your own theory...

Toxic-zombie1370d ago

It does take 2-3 years to make a game so it could be at E3 next year for a 2016 release.

Emanno1369d ago (Edited 1369d ago )

@RexDD You obviously didn't read the whole thing. It clearly states that Activision gave all their trademarks to Bank of America for some extra credit on their account but they still get to use the IP and trademarks, so long as they keep making their bank payments. If Activision messes up, then Bank of America will take all of the trademarks and IP and would probably sell them off to whoever the highest bidder would be.

Emanno1369d ago

@RexDD My point is Activision didn't pay for the IP of Crash.

Emanno1369d ago (Edited 1369d ago )

@RexDD Sorry that link doesn't work. Go on this one and then click on trademarks, then search and click on basic word mark. Then in the search term, type in Crash Bandicoot.

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Majin-vegeta1371d ago

Can you imagine all of Sony's great platformers on the PS4?Crash,J&D,R&C and now Knack??Man so much goodness.

Nine_Thousaaandd1371d ago

Yeah...I agree, would be amazing to see them all show up on PS4!

Man I love gaming!

McScroggz1371d ago

In a perfect world, they would have used some of those franchises to bolster the Vita early on so they could then transition between console and handheld iterations. Sadly, it's too late for that to happen.

MrSec841371d ago

Every Playstation console needs them (home & handheld), there's nothing wrong with bringing back franchises people love.

I was so happy when Andrew House said that Ratchet & Clank will be coming to PS4 in the 1st half of next year.
Sly Cooper has to be on the way sometime in 2016 also with the movie release happening for that game that year.

I think J&D and R&C are the platformers that most gamers want.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1370d ago

Awaits! meaning you gonna wait longer

Tiqila1370d ago (Edited 1370d ago )

Good things come to those who wait.

bicfitness1371d ago

Since this is in Japan, I hope that they were talking about Legend of Dragoon, or Wild Arms. We've missed a generation, or two, with each, which is shameful.

Majin-vegeta1371d ago

Agree.Just dig up the old LOD 2 files and go from there.

0P-Tigrex1371d ago

I wanna play as Lloyd... anyone?? Dart was cool, but Lloyd was OG status

MegaRay1370d ago

Or Ape Escape 4, or even Jak reboot by Japan Studio perhaps