Knack story, characters, and transformations detailed
posted on 10.18.13 at 10:36 AM EDT by (@salromano)
41 new screenshots of PlayStation 4 platformer launch title.

The story of Mark Cerny and Sony Japan Studio’s PlayStation 4 launch title Knack revolves around a little creature named… Knack.

Goblins and humans have lived together on Earth in separate societies since the goblins invaded Earth a few years prior to the game’s events. But when the goblins invade a human settlement, it’s up to Knack to find their hideout and discover how they got access to advanced tanks and airships.

Knack will be aided by a number of characters on his journey:

  • The Doctor – The inventor that brought Knack to life thanks to the mysterious power of the ancient relics.
  • Lucas – The Doctor’s teenage assistant.
  • Ryder – Lucas’ uncle, who is also a world-famous explorer.
  • Viktor – A billionaire industrialist who made his fortune mining the ancient relics that provide power for electricity, machinery, vehicles, and more. He has bigger ambitions, however, placing him at odds with Knack and crew. This means you’ll be facing not only the goblin soldiers, with their tanks, mechs, and airships, but Viktor’s own army of soldiers and robots as well.

Throughout the story, you’ll play through a variety of stages and environments, including caves, forests, cities, and airships, within which challenging boss battles await.

Knack is a creature made of relics. He can absorb more relics as you progress through the game, growing from his original three-foot tall stature to six, 15, and even 30 feet tall. Just like relics, Knack can also absorb other materials, like ice, metal, and wood.

Ice Knack is first acquired in a cave of ice. When you exit the cave, you’ll still have your ice equipped, giving you a power advantage, but you only have until the ice melts to defeat tough enemies. Metal Knack is an “extremely powerful” form, but the magnetism could lead to “some interesting problems.” Wood Knack, one of Knack’s biggest forms, burns easily, which you could use to access “some interesting areas.”

View a set of 41 new Knack screenshots at the gallery.

Thanks, PlayStation Blog.

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  • DarthBrian

    I, for one, am really looking forward to this. Played it at Comic-Con too. It is definitely more challenging than it looks and I love platformers. My second-most anticipated launch game behind Resogun.

    mmmmmmm…Resogun. <3

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    This game was epic! Tried it @ the PS4 Booth! Smooth and challenging!

    • TheExile285

      Mind sharing some more details about the game and PS4 in general?

      • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

        -Smooth Camera.
        -Easy Controls To Play & Enjoy.
        -Difficulty Does Matter.
        -The Graphics Are Really Neat.
        -The DualShock 4 Is The Best Controller To Play Knack. :D
        -Response Time To Battle Opponents Is Fast.
        -Loading Times Are None.
        -The PS4 Doesn’t Grill Steaks Like The PS3, It’s Quiet Like A High-End Performance PC.

        -The World Is In Play. Enjoy.

        • TheExile285

          cool, thanks!

          • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

            :D No Probs. I might not get my hands on Knack this holiday season. but in spring I definitely will.

        • AdachiTohru

          Ok, i’ll buy it :)

          • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

            Good. :)

    • jujubee88

      I need to play it. I really enjoyed Sonic Adventures and this basically looks like that but next gen enhanced. ^^

  • hush404

    I had an eye on this since we got the first showing and now that WD has been delayed, its kind of climbing the ladder on games I want at launch.

  • Budgiecat

    Which looks better visually> This or KH III?

    • Zackasaur


      But Knack is still gorgeous.

      • Budgiecat

        I hope there wasn’t any bias in that…

        This has a very “Pixar movie level” quality to it.

        I’m not sure I got that sort of vibe quality from the recent KH III trailer. Aside from the great particle effects, I saw a lot of angular polygonal imagery on the character models…

        • Sol badass

          Well that was an early build, so of course itll llook way better when its done

  • Elvick

    I can’t wait top play this.

  • jujubee88

    Transform into Mark Cerny option?

  • Sal Romano

    Knack is my most anticipated next-gen launch title.

    It’s the nostalgia.