Indie game enthusiasts have something to smile about today. Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren’s games are about to reach a much wider audience. Ripstone Publishing, Green Hill and Nifflas are all working together to release Knytt Underground, the successor to Knytt and Knytt Stories on the PlayStation Store. Before 2012 ends, people should be able to download and explore as a Knytt on their PS3 or Vita.
I wish I could tell you more, but there really isn’t that much Knytt Underground information available. We just know it’s a thing that should be happening relatively soon. I had to do quite a bit of Google-fu to even find a screenshot of Knytt Underground, which you can see above running on a PC. Based on that, it looks like it should still be a 2D platformer in which players control a Knytt and have him/her explore a world. I guess, for now, we can think of it as a prettier version of Knytt and Knytt Stories.
I’m cautiously optimistic about a console and handheld version of a Knytt game. What made the series really great was how easy it was for fans to create their own levels and stories. My experience with Knytt stems from Knytt Stories. The fan-created adventures were really well done and I remember spending one afternoon collecting about 30 of them, then spending the next month playing about one level a day. I worry that the PS3 and Vita versions of Knytt Underground won’t feel the same.
Of course, if Nifflas, Green Hill and Ripstone Publishing work together to create a means for Knytt Underground owners to create and share their own stories and adventures, then everything should be fine. After all, the Knytt games have always been about freedom and exploration. It’d be weird to put an end to that now!
In the meantime, I recommend grabbing and trying out Knytt Stories. It’s really rather cool and there are plenty of fan-created levels on the Nifflas Support Forum. There’s even a DS homebrew app that lets you play Knytt Stories on the go, but it doesn’t support fan-levels that well.