Suda51’s Black Knight Sword has new screenshots and trailer

Not content to dose the water supplies of modern genres with hallucinogens and performance-enhancing stimulants, Grasshopper's Suda51 is turning his hand to old-time games where you only have two dimensions to move within and both of them are bastard hard. Black Knight Sword promises “A throwback to the classic platformers for the 8 and 16-bit era of games,” offering “a fresh, modern and interactive interpretation of a dark fantasy fairy tale” of chivalry, nightmares and “eye-catching environments full of curious-looking creatures.” The trailer manages to go almost 30 seconds before confusion sets in.

Luckily, a few screenshots make things a little clearer, demonstrating a reticulated 2D look that may intend to evoke shadow-puppet theater, or might just be done like Paper Mario or Symphony of the Night. Either way, looks kind of like the side-on shooter sequences from the Suda-produced Shadows of the Damned, no?

The game has no release date yet, but will join the ranks of spruced-up 2D platformers on XBLA and PSN when it's done.

Aug 22, 2011




  • soranamineforever - August 23, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    Whoa, I half expected this to be a port or remake of Sonic and the Black Knight (didn't read the the subtitle of the article). God knows that game could use one. So long as this sword doesn't talk, I'm good.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - August 23, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    Looks interesting..
  • V22Dreamcast - August 22, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    Anything made by Grasshopper Manufacture has my full attention. Looking forward to BKS, along with Sine Mora & Lollipop Chainsaw.
  • Darkhawk - August 22, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    For someone who can never get published, Mr. Goichi is certainly spreading himself a little thin these days. But I wish he'd stop being "cute," and get back to the type of visionary work found in Killer7 and NMH.
  • HeroOfLegend - August 23, 2011 5:50 a.m.

    I kinda agree with this. While I'm interested in this game, it seems like he's trying to live up to his reputation of being weird, rather than just doing it naturally, if that makes sense.
  • eliguy83 - August 23, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    I think I know what you're saying. "He's trying too hard?" If so, then I think I might agree too; it's like analyzing a joke, and then it isn't funny anymore.
  • KillerTofu - August 22, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    Damned teasers...thanks for the pics as well! Def one to keep an eye on
  • blakebeauchamp - August 22, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    "Black Night Sword" eh? First I've heard of it, looks pretty good. Will definitely be watching this.

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