The expansive metroidvania with hand-drawn animations got a little bit bigger. The second of the slated free content updates dropped just in time for Halloween.
Hollow Knight [Official Site] is one of my favorite releases of this year. Players take control of a lone bug and explore the ruins of a forgotten kingdom still full of dangerous creatures and treasures. It can be a slightly challenging experience but also a really rewarding one and it's a game where a playthrough can easily be over 20 hours.
The developer, Team Cherry, is committed to adding new content for free to the game and earlier this year released the first content update. This added new quest, new areas to explore and other goodies. This second content update, called The Grimm Troupe, similarly adds new enemies, music, a quest and generally more to enjoy. As with the previous content update, it can be tackled at whatever point of the main adventure players want.
We had to wait a few days to get the latest update on Linux as the developer was busy ironing out bugs (the software kind!) before pushing the update to other platforms. Just as well as the patch notes show that a lot of annoyances have been fixed.
A third and final free content pack is set to come at some point in the future, though Team Cherry is still mum about specifics like theme and release date. If it’s anything like these first two packs, it’ll be well worth waiting for.
You can grab Hollow Knight on Steam, the Humble Store or GOG. It’s currently discounted for the Halloween sales. You can read Liam’s thoughts on the game as well; this is a game that’s easy to recommend to all fans of metroidvanias and platformers.