Updated at: 24-04-2023 - By: Leo Hall

As part of the Xbox and Bethesda Game Showcase at E3 2022, Hollow Knight: Silksong has finally received an update. After the massive success of the first Hollow Knight game, the sequel has been in development for quite some time. A few years ago, the title was announced, but until recently, details were scarce.

Despite the lack of a firm release date, here is everything we know about Hollow Knight Silksong at the moment.

Hollow Knight Silksong release date

Xbox has announced that the highly anticipated release of Hollow Knight: Silksong will occur before the end of June 2023. The gaming giant has since confirmed that, yes, Hollow Knight: Silksong will be released within the next 12 months, along with everything else featured in the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase June 2022.

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Hollow Knight Silksong platforms

Along with the vague release date, we also learned which systems will support Hollow Knight: Silksong. It’s coming to Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store.

Xbox Game Pass subscribers on Xbox One, Xbox One X, and Xbox One S will be able to play Hollow Knight: Silksong on release day.

Will Hollow Knight: Silksong be on PS4 or PS5?

No release date for Hollow Knight: Silksong on PS5 or PS4 has been announced as of yet.

Hollow Knight Silksong trailer

Watch the first trailer for Hollow Knight: Silksong, which Team Cherry used to announce the game to the world in February 2019, up there.

The kidnapping of Hornet opened the two-minute trailer before she escaped to discover lush meadows and dank underground passages. It was shown in the trailer that there will be new foes to vanquish, new bosses to take on, new friends to make along the way, and new cities to discover, each with their own set of non-playable characters and quests.

Xbox and Bethesda’s June 2022 Game Showcase trailer for Hollow Knight: Silksong, confirming the game’s inclusion in Xbox Game Pass.

And here we have the second trailer for Hollow Knight: Silksong. More glimpses of gameplay, more bosses and villains, and more of our old friend Hornet, who has been elevated from friend and foe to playable hero since the original game’s release.

Hollow Knight Silksong gameplay

At first, the only gameplay footage we had to go off of for Hollow Knight: Silksong was the reveal trailer. Despite the fact that this was merely an introduction to the sequel, we were treated to several scenes in which the protagonist, Hornet, leaps and bounds over her foes with impressive agility. And the most recent trailer only reinforces and improves upon that impression, making the action appear seamless and natural.

Therefore, it can be concluded that Silksong will feature a similar mix of platforming and 2D combat to that of Hollow Knight. The new protagonist, Hornet, appears to be a gymnast next to the Knight, effortlessly flipping over enormous enemies, suggesting that Team Cherry has made the platforming significantly more acrobatic in Hornet than in the original game.

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Silksong also has a unique approach to healing compared to Hollow Knight. Hornet can heal three health nodes at once, rather than slowly like the Knight, and she can do it while in motion. Hornet, however, has a Silk metre, and restoring three health nodes instantly depletes the bar.

Hollow Knight Silksong story

If you’ve played Hollow Knight, you’ll remember Hornet, who at first obstructed the player’s progress but eventually became an ally. In this sequel to Hollow Knight, Silksong changes things up by making Hornet the main character instead of the Knight.

Hornet is abducted and taken to the kingdom of Pharloom in this new game. Silksong’s basic plot places Hornet at the very bottom of this new kingdom and tasks her with ascending to the top of the kingdom and reaching a shining citadel in order to find out the truth behind her kidnapping, as described by the game’s developer, Team Cherry.

Hornet will also be able to undertake optional missions. The ability to keep track of all your side quests in a journal makes these sound a lot more substantial than they were in the original Hollow Knight. This could be a chance to expand Silksong’s story in other directions.

Hollow Knight Silksong development

Silksong, a new chapter for the original Hollow Knight, started out in development as downloadable content. Originally intended to feature Hornet, the DLC’s scope ended up being much larger than expected, so Team Cherry made room for a full-fledged sequel featuring Hornet instead.

When you consider the sequel, it becomes clear why. Over 150 new enemies, including several new bosses, were teased in the first trailer for Hollow Knight: Silksong. In fact, the sequel introduces brand-new features like the ability to make your own weapons, tools, and traps out of the bodies of your slain foes.

We have some good news for you if you enjoyed the soundtrack to the first game. Since Christopher Larkin, the original composer, has returned to work with Team Cherry on scoring Hollow Knight: Silksong, fans can rest assured that the game’s tense moments will be set to memorable music.

Here’s Silksong’s newest gameplay trailer from the June Xbox showcase

Wait, wait, it’s not a release date, but the new trailer looks pretty good. There is a lot of intense fighting, including some boss battles and a lava escape sequence. All in all, it’s a healthy diet for your itty-bitty bug. The trailer also serves as official confirmation that Silksong will be available on Xbox Game Pass on the game’s official release date.

What else is new?

The 2017 side-scrolling action RPG Hollow Knight has a sequel in the form of Hollow Knight: Silksong. Some have compared it to Souls due to its difficult boss fights and the fact that you can pick up your belongings right where you fell. Silksong maintains the spirit of the original game while updating the mechanics in a few key ways.

  • Instead of playing as Hollow Knight’s The Knight, you take on the role of Hornet. Hornet can heal more quickly than The Knight and has access to more rapid movement options like dashing and sprinting. Oh, and she’s a talker!
  • Hornet replaces Souls with silk to heal and activate abilities. If you drop a bundle of silk when you die, you’ll need to destroy it before you can pick up more silk when you respawn.
  • Hornet doesn’t rely on charms but rather on tools like bombs and a spiked ball. Tools can be made as well.
  • Hornet, in contrast to The Knight, who descends Hallownest, ascends the Pharloomian kingdom throughout the game.
  • Silksong’s new monetary system includes shards of shell and rosaries. Tool repair and creation often necessitate the use of shell shards. Products are purchased with rosaries. Rosaries are obtained from caching and enemy killing, but they are lost if the player dies without a string attached to the Rosary.
  • In Silksong, you can choose from four distinct quest paths: Gather, Wayfarer, Hunt, and Grand Hunt. Notice boards allow you to keep tabs on the status of the quests you’ve accepted from NPCs.

What kind of game is Hollow Knight: Silksong?

Silksong is a side-scrolling action game similar to Hollow Knight. More than 150 distinct enemy types and numerous bosses await you. The gameplay is similar to that of a Metroidvania game in that you explore a large map in search of upgrades and secrets.

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When compared to other games in the genre, Hollow Knight: Silksong is expected to have a high challenge level. The difficult bosses, random encounters, and frequent death in Hollow Knight have drawn comparisons to the Dark Souls games. The game provides a variety of items, such as Souls and Silk, that can be used to heal or attack, but it still requires quick reflexes and deft platforming to progress.

Hollow Knight: Silksong’s soundtrack brings back the original composer

Composer Christopher Larkin, who worked on the first Hollow Knight game, will be back for Silksong. Larkin has released a couple of previews of the game’s soundtrack, which is full of triumphant strings and gloomy piano.