The first game announced for PlayStation 4 at Sony’s PlayStation Meeting in New York City tonight is Knack, a Pixar-looking game directed by the system’s lead architect Mark Cerny and developed by SCE Japan Studio.
Knack is a new platformer that ‘takes advantage of everything that the PlayStation 4 supports’, according to Cerny. That includes graphical capabilities, physics simulation, and more.
The game is centered around Knack, a creature built out of ancient relics, who can add more relics to his body as he finds them. He was built by The Doctor, who studied these relics, which are from a long lost civilization, for many years, and finally found a way to bind them together and give them consciousness.
Knack is out to defeat a resurgent goblin army threatening mankind. But it soon becomes clear that the human community poses an even greater danger.
During the game, Knack discovers he has a skill that allows him to incporate ice, metal, and other substances into his body.
“The result is gameplay which is a little bit like Crash Bandicoot, and a little bit like Katamari Damacy, in that the Knack can get quite large indeed,” said Cerny. “There’s also a touch of God of War in there, in that there is an epic feel to the game in places.”
Watch the debut trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.