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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. (Andrew House, Knack, PS4)

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Robochobo  +   523d 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.
Abriael  +   523d 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.
morganfell  +   523d 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.
abzdiine  +   523d ago
i love knack and i can only be happy and excited when i hear this.
darthv72  +   523d ago
I'd love a new jumping flash. It might not be beloved but it certainly is old...and fun.
EyeWishUHeaven  +   523d ago
I played Knack, enjoyed the game and beat it. Once you got into the higher levels the game was actually very challenging
sovkhan  +   523d 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.
NewMonday  +   523d ago
nice to see some Knack love, a most enjoyable game for me
minimur12  +   523d ago
Ryder in Knack is Regggie from inFamous Second Son :)
UltimateMaster  +   523d ago
I'm thinking Crash Bandicoot.
I'd wish they would make new games off other SCE PS1 master-pieces too.
Kavorklestein  +   522d 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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imt558  +   523d 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 ).
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NewMonday  +   523d ago
FYI there is a Shadow of the Beast remake
hardcorehippiez  +   523d ago
yea i want an updated xenon megablast along with an up to date remix of the soundtrack. awesome
abzdiine  +   523d ago
how about some Destruction Derby greatness?
barb_wire  +   523d 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-this  +   522d 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
Tiqila  +   522d ago
Resistance 1 sold good because it is an awesome game with a great two player offline cooperative campaign and fun multiplayer.
Dr_Yo  +   522d ago
Omg someone actually remembers rollcage??? I thought it was a lost forgotten game by everyone :/
buffig  +   523d 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!
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Godmars290  +   523d 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.
Dark11  +   523d 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.
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badz149  +   523d ago
Worst game ever? You clearly haven't played a lot of games then.
MrSec84  +   523d 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.
kenshiro100  +   523d ago
Says the troll with two bubbles.
abzdiine  +   523d 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!
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MRMagoo123  +   523d 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_chops  +   523d ago
Dark never gave it a chance. I can tell.
ScorpianusNoir  +   523d 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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incredibleMULK  +   523d ago
Time to sell my ps4.
Majin-vegeta  +   523d ago
You have to own one in the first place.Which you dont ;)
Edsword  +   523d 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.
showtimefolks  +   523d 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
DigitalRaptor  +   522d ago
Ughhh Shenmue.

The holy grail.
-Foxtrot  +   523d 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
aceitman  +   523d ago
Maybe gamescom announcement. Cross fingers.
ColeMacGrath  +   523d 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?
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guyman  +   523d ago
Naughty dog will never develop a crash remake. Perhaps Japan studio would
szenkapotamus  +   523d 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.
ColeMacGrath  +   523d 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. :)
ChickenOfTheCaveMan  +   522d ago
Let Crash be remade by another team, ND needs to make that realistic Jak and Daxter!
Emanno  +   523d 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. http://pastebin.com/rRrPhH7...
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RexDD  +   522d 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-zombie  +   522d ago
It does take 2-3 years to make a game so it could be at E3 next year for a 2016 release.
Emanno  +   522d 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.
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Emanno  +   522d ago
@RexDD My point is Activision didn't pay for the IP of Crash. http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/b...
Emanno  +   522d ago
@RexDD Sorry that link doesn't work. Go on this one http://www.uspto.gov/ 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-vegeta  +   523d 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_Thousaaandd  +   523d ago
Yeah...I agree, would be amazing to see them all show up on PS4!

Man I love gaming!
McScroggz  +   523d 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.
MrSec84  +   523d 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.
MRMagoo123  +   523d ago
you forgot medievil, who wouldnt want that ?
XiSasukeUchiha  +   523d ago
Greatness! Thank you Sony.
OtakuDJK1NG-Rory  +   522d ago
Awaits! meaning you gonna wait longer
Tiqila  +   522d ago
Good things come to those who wait.
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bicfitness  +   523d 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-vegeta  +   523d ago
Agree.Just dig up the old LOD 2 files and go from there.
0P-Tigrex  +   523d ago
I wanna play as Lloyd... anyone?? Dart was cool, but Lloyd was OG status
MegaRay  +   523d ago
Or Ape Escape 4, or even Jak reboot by Japan Studio perhaps
user7402931  +   523d ago
WeAreLegion  +   523d ago
I wish.
OtakuDJK1NG-Rory  +   522d ago
sorry but that IP died
Am-No-Hero  +   523d ago
Andrew House is my hero
Killzoner99  +   523d ago
I wish Sony wouldn't share their plans publicly . Microsoft and Nintendo have been stealing their ideas for years.
Fireseed  +   523d ago
What idea could anyone possibly "steal" here?
EcoSos3  +   523d ago
Yeah just like MK is a copy of LBP Kart and Smash Bros. is a copy of PS All-stars/s
choujij  +   523d ago
Works the other way around too. I for one, think that Yoshi's Wooly World is inspired of LBP.

As I always say, if you're gonna copy something, at least copy something good.
BitbyDeath  +   523d ago
Mortal Kombat a copy of LBP?
KNWS  +   523d ago
Really Sony E3 this year what was that lol Sony and Microsoft are as bad as each other, they are clueless sometimes.
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breakpad  +   523d ago
you r right ...specially nintendo sabotages anything Sony does and comes from Japan, they just see their games and throw money, publishing help and other crap strategies stealing the games for their inferior machine
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0P-Tigrex  +   523d ago
Knack was a decent game at what it tried to be. Coming from someone who got the Platinum only thing i didn't like was it's insane linearity, story plot holes, and collectable farming. I swear the Diamonds were the most tedious collectables that i've had to get.. right behind the Pure Blade Stones in Demon's souls.
badz149  +   523d ago
Finding the diamonds almost made me insane! 5 playthroughs!! and the companion app is not helping either. Ohh...how I hated the final guardian before the final fight with the orb!
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Blackleg-sanji  +   523d ago
Hmm I loved knack so a knack 2 would be nice expand on what it had.
WeAreLegion  +   523d ago
I have been working on a Knack 2 script since the first came out. The concept had such potential. I'm considering sending it in.
Acquiescence  +   523d ago
No, don't turn Knack into a franchise, Knack sucks ass...
A poor game and an even more poorly designed mascot character. It's heart-breaking to think of all those classic Playstation franchises of yore that are so due a revival, like Jumping Flash! or PaRappa or MediEvil or Vib Ribbon or Alundra, yet Sony would rather continue to waste their time and resources on something as mediocre and subject to frequent ridicule as Knack.

If the game sold well, it's only because it was a launch title for a hotly-anticipated piece of tech.
kenshiro100  +   523d ago
In your opinion.

There's people who think otherwise.
oODEADPOOLOo  +   523d ago
Its all about that crash son!
TimeSkipLuffy  +   523d ago
of course you will see the game announced for 2015 and pushed back to 2016 :D
Bonkerz  +   523d ago
Im sorry but i think we can all agree that Knack only sold well because it was a launch title. The game got awful reviews, Sony is really throwing money down the drain by making Knack a franchise not a good move on their part.
DigitalRaptor  +   522d ago
The only reason Ryse: Son of Rome sold well was because it was a launch title. It got awful reviews and they're supposed to be considering a sequel to that.

Probably a good idea to you though...
cruzngta  +   523d ago
Knack was left wide open for a sequel, I hope they continue the same story for the sequel. I love knack and hope we get a sequel soon. I like when you beat the game you unlock all levels and also the arena mode. Great game and I liked the characters in it. Deliver the goods Sony.
McScroggz  +   523d ago
The idea of Knack is great - and it's a pretty decent game - I just hope they expand on the core ideas and improve the overall story and, especially, the characterization of Knack himself.

Personally, I think it would be a great type of franchise that could function on both home consoles and handhelds (if Sony even makes a new handhelds). Regardless, I do hope Sony gives the IP one more shot to see if it really takes off.
ANIALATOR136  +   523d ago
The Getaway. Medievil. Syphon Filter.
SaintAlpha101  +   523d ago
Knack is still probably my favorite game on the PS4 and IMO one of the most underrated titles in recent gaming, so I'd love a sequel.
Perhaps make it a non-linear game with optional paths where Knack travels the world and finds out more about the relics and if any creature like him exist out there in the world.
Also completely drop the goblins from the story, they were kinda pointless in the first game and the game would have been just as good if it was just the humans.

As for beloved characters, I think everyone wants the orange marsupial to return, including me.
A new Crash game would be awesome and I'd buy it day one.
PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   523d ago
Please do bring back some classics. Sony has like the most characters of the 3 I believe. And many IP that they're just sitting on and not doing anything with. We need Sly 4, Jak 4, new R&C, Syphon Filter, and etc. Jak 4 and Sly 4 don't have to be made by Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch, just get another studio to make them.
shivvy24  +   523d ago
Jak 4 confirmed
Paul85  +   523d ago
I want a new tenchu game .
Blackleg-sanji  +   523d ago
Jak 4 confirmed
Paparapa confirmed
Crash cofirmed
Knack 2 confirmed
Syphon confirmed
Spyro done right confirmed
....in a perfect world that is
Edit: add ape escape 4 and suikoden VI to this list
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drpepperdude  +   523d ago
What about MediEvil or The Legend of Dragoon?
kingdom18  +   523d ago
APE ESCAPE! I completely forgot about that, it would be great if we got a new one.
TheTwelve  +   523d ago
More Knack please!
Relientk77  +   523d ago
Bring back the classics
Gooch_suplex_Hold  +   523d ago
Well there's Ratchet and Clank next year!
XtraTrstrL  +   523d ago
All I know is, Naughty Dog better be working on a next-gen Jak & Daxter.
Fel08  +   523d ago
A new Crash game would be awesome.
cyclindk  +   523d ago
Not to bring down the mood, but I didn't find the Knack "universe" or characters all too endearing.

Just didn't connect with it, or the style.

Personal op

Technically neat though
TheEternalGamer  +   523d ago
For Knack i feel they should make it more challenging i played it on hard but i didn't even feel like it offered me a challenge a whole lot. still a good game though. But i think they should really focus on bringing back the beloved characters that made PlayStation what it is today from the PS1/PS2 Era.
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