'Knack 2' PS4 Release Date & Trailer: Sequel on the Way - What We Know so Far [Rumors]
A sequel for the action game "Knack" might be in the works after NeoGAF pointed out an employment record published on LinkedIn. However, the listing has been removed but can still be searched using Google.
The profile of Mindy Liang who is a 3D Animator at XPEC Entertainment Inc. lists her work for "Knack II" which includes animating 3D character motions and cutscenes for the game which is allegedly for PS4. She apparently worked for the game in May of 2015. Additionally, she also listed her work for "Final Fantasy XV" where the company is an outsourced developer for the game, according to Gematsu.
According to Attack of the Fanboy, the first "Knack" game was released as a PS4 launch title back in 2013. The release was apparently met with mixed reviews because while many liked the graphics, the repetitive gameplay bored others.
Game Rant adds that if there is a "Knack 2" in the works, the game would be in development for 2 years now. An official reveal statement from Sony might come as the outed developer's resume is the only evidence of it so far. The official reveal may come during this year's E3 event where Sony will be having a press conference.
The outlet adds that "Knack" was one of the most pre-ordered games of 2013 but it was not acclaimed so much. The president of Sony, Shuhei Yoshida even expressed his disappointment with regards to the review scores of the game.
"It's disappointing but I don't think it's worrisome for the launch of the system. I've played through all of our games, Killzone, Knack and Resogun, and I totally enjoyed playing through these games," Yoshida said, as reported by Game Rant. "I'm now on my second run of Knack and Resogun at a higher difficulty - these games really grow on you when you play more. I'm very confident that once you purchase these games and play, you'll be happy that you've done so."
While he was disappointed, Yoshida points out that "Knack" wasn't designed to review well and that game "was targeted as a second purchase" where it is a game players can multiplay with family in addition to single player games like "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed."
"The game wasn't designed [to meet specific] review scores - I was hoping Knack could score in the mid 70s and last I checked it's around 59-60, so I'm hoping it goes up," he said. "The game uses only three buttons to play, so it's not the type of game reviewers would score high for the launch of a next-gen system."