Hollow Knight

In early 2016, Andy wrote about how record label Ghost Ramp is embracing games. It's since brought Darkest Dungeon, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Nuclear Throne and Hollow Knight's soundtracks to life—each with its own gorgeous sleeve art. 

In the wake of yesterday's Gods & Glory announcement, Hollow Knight's next expansion is getting the game-to-vinyl treatment too. 

And it looks awesome:

Composed by Christopher Larkin, the above boasts 15 tracks from the DLC on a limited edition, 1000-unit single-pressed LP run. It comes with an art print insert, a 'Grimmchild' enamel pin, embossed lettering on its jacket, and a Gods & Glory expansion download card. 

In his review, Tom Marks billed Hollow Knight's soundtrack as "sullen but energetic" and "exceptional, pairing each area with an orchestral soundtrack that perfectly sets the mood." I can't argue with that, and can't wait to hear what the latest DLC has in store. 

"Venture to the farthest reaches of Hallownest with an all new collection of 15 epic tracks," so reads its blurb on the Ghost Ramp site. "Meet fallen kings, gallant knights and ancient gods in this powerful, orchestral collection that brings together all the additional tracks from Hollow Knight and features an entirely new arrangement, Pale Court."

At $30.00, Ghost Ramp's Gods & Glory vinyl OST is "expected to ship November 2018." If pre-ordering is your thing, head this way for more details.    

Hollow Knight

The final Hollow Knight expansion, Gods & Glory, finally has a firm release date. As the trailer above reveals, the last chapter in the Hollow Knight saga will release for PC on August 23, and according to studio Team Cherry it'll be the largest one they've issued.

According to the studio's blogpost, the expansion will add new bosses, new music and new NPCs, as well as new quests. To coincide with the release, a new album of Hollow Knight music will release, compiling all of the new music featured in the four expansions. 

"It’s not been said before, but Chris [Larkin] created all of the extra Hollow Knight music for free! If you love the music (and sound) of Hollow Knight, buy the album and support this incredibly talented composer!" It'll be available on Bandcamp, iTunes an Spotify on August 9, but there will also be a super limited vinyl edition, which you'd better pre-order here if you must have it.

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Excellent soulsyvania platformer Hollow Knight is just about ready to emerge from its chrysalis and spread its wings, reformed and fat with free DLC. The last of its Kickstarter stretch-goal expansions – Gods & Glory – is rolling out next month, and is set to conclude the story of The Knight. It’ll be launching on August 23rd. Below, a very boss-heavy announcement trailer.

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Team Cherry, maker of insect-riddled indie Hollow Knight, has today revealed the release date for the fourth and final free content pack for the game.

In a blog post on Team Cherry's website, the developer announced the new DLC will be launched on the 23rd of August. The release will be available for all players, on both the Switch and PC. Excitingly, the studio confirmed this DLC will also be "the largest one yet."

So, what can players expect from this content pack? Similar to its predecessors such as Grimm Troupe, Gods & Glory will bring "a whole bunch of new bosses," "a slew of new music," "new NPCs" and "new quests." Back when Gods & Glory was originally announced in January, Team Cherry mentioned one of these new characters would be The Godseeker: a "disturbing yet alluring being" that will expand the player's romance options (ooh la la). The DLC will also introduce a third game mode, one that has apparently been "long requested" by fans.

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Our dates are locked in...
Hollow Knight’s fourth Free Content Pack, Gods & Glory, will be arriving for all players on August 23rd!

We said this’d be the largest pack yet and we weren’t lying! A whole bunch of new bosses. A slew of new music. New NPCs. New Quests. The final chapter for the knight is turning into the celebration we hoped it would be!

We’re so eager to get this one out to you all, and we’re so close. Get ready for the end of August. We’re gonna put your Hollow Knight skills to the test!

Gods & Nightmares...
Through Hollow Knight’s Content Packs, Chris has been expanding Hollow Knight with a full suite of incredible new tracks. Gods & Nightmares packages them all together in one epic album (along with an all new, live recorded arrangement, Pale Court).

Hollow Knight: Gods & Nightmares is releasing on Steam ($4.99USD) on August 9th.

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Hollow Knight

There are no training wheels in this kingdom.

Buried deep within this insect infested land, each playthrough of Hollow Knight feels and moves a little differently. There are no waypoints or story missions - there's not even a right or wrong way to play, really. Developer Team Cherry doesn't care where you go, or how you get there. Even how much of the story you see is up to you.

This lack of direction is overwhelming at first. Even though I'm the kind of player that naturally double-backs on where I think any given game wants me to go - someone who instinctively scours for secrets - the dozens of pathways and possibilities trouble me. As I wander through Hollow Knight's early hours it becomes more troubling still, and I start to worry that I may miss huge swaths of lore and collectibles - even whole areas, maybe? - if I'm not thorough enough. But as I adapt to the natural ebb and flow of Hollow Knight's rhythm and concentrate instead on what lies ahead, that anxiety melts away.

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Hollow Knight incites a bit of debate around the site. As John brought up in his review last year: what do you do with a game that is genuinely good but rather unoriginal? It’s a Metroidvania game that a lot of us picked up because it was simply the most recent Metroidvania game, and that’s not the best excuse for buying a game. In the year since launch, Australian studio Team Cherry has met this criticism by consistently adding new, free DLC to the title, with each pack helping to define and improve on the base game. Today, Hollow Knight: Lifeblood is available, and if you already own the game the update is probably installed.

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Hollow Knight

Developer Team Cherry has released Lifeblood, its new "under-the-hood" update for the gorgeous bug-themed Metroidvania adventure Hollow Knight.

Lifeblood is out now on PC and is a bit of a departure from Hollow Knight's previous updates - Hidden Dreams and Grimm Troupe - in that it's primarily focussed on improvements and optimisations, rather than significant content additions.

Much of Lifeblood, Team Cherry explained in a blog post last month, consists of improvements made as part of ongoing work porting the game to Switch. It said these changes were beneficial enough to warrant bringing to other platforms.

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Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight's long-awaited Lifeblood update is now available, developer Team Cherry announced today. If you purchased the game through Steam or GOG Galaxy, it will automatically update. DRM-free GOG and Humble buyers will need to download an updated version from their respective storefronts.

Lifeblood's headlining addition is a new boss, but an existing boss has also been "seriously upgraded." That said, some players are probably more excited about the new custom map markers, which you can use to stay organized in the game's complex, interconnected world (and which you can explore the making of here). A medley of smaller fixes and extras are also included, most of which help catch the PC version up to the upcoming Nintendo Switch port. 

Looking ahead, Team Cherry says Hollow Knight's third major DLC, Gods & Glory, is "coming together as we speak, and is shaping up to be the largest pack yet." In an update earlier this year, the studio described it as the "final chapter of the Knight's journey," and said it would release in early 2018. It includes a new game mode, multiple new bosses, and the ability to "glorify" your charms, adding "whole new depth to your charm collection."  

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Hollow Knight: Lifeblood is a free, automatic update for all players on all platforms! Descend into a kingdom refined, tweaked and optimised in this major Hollow Knight update.



Features:

  • A brand new boss with a new music track by Chris Larkin!
  • One boss has been seriously upgraded. A true challenge awaits!
  • Custom Map Markers are here! Cartographers rejoice!
  • Extras added to the Extras menu!
  • Numerous game balances and tweaks.
  • Now playable in Japanese.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Additional sound effects and voices.
  • Optimisations and performance enhancements.

Hollow Knight: Lifeblood represents many months of under-the-hood improvements, and we’re far from over! Free Content Pack 3: Gods & Glory is also coming together as we speak, and is shaping up to be the largest pack yet! Lots more still to come!
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