Knack 3 might become a reality after all as Sony has filed a new trademark for the Knack IP. This could just be a periodic renewal of the license, but it’s also a good indication that PlayStation has more plans for the platformer franchise. This also comes in light of new game announcements rumoured to happen this week.
Despite the franchise’s middling critical reception, the Knack games have developed somewhat of a cult following. The last game in the series, Knack 2, released in 2017. Since then, fans have been asking for a third game.
Both Knack games were directed by Mark Cerny, best known as the architect of both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The first game was mostly seen as a tech demo for the PS4’s capabilities, but its popularity and meme status on the internet pushed it to become a franchise when the sequel was revealed.
However, it’s worth noting that both Knack games were also developed by Japan Studio, who were unceremoniously disbanded in 2021. It’s possible that Sony might’ve shifted development duties to a new studio if they are developing Knack 3.
Others speculate that the next Knack might be a selling point for PS VR2. Seeing as though Knack was made to demonstrate the PS4’s power, the third game’s fate might be tied to promoting PlayStation’s next virtual reality headset as a demonstration too. Either way, this is excellent news for fans hoping for a third outing.
Sony is reportedly gearing up to make several announcements this week via a PlayStation Showcase, with the focus apparently being on PS VR2 and their Game Pass competitor, Project Spartacus. We’ll just have to wait and see if Knack develops into anything more than just a routine trademark renewal.