Grasshopper Manufacture Forgot to Announce its Newest Game, Black Knight Sword

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Posted by Alex (2021 posts) -

The above video (taken by Gamer365) comes straight from Gamescom, where Grasshopper Manufacture is reportedly showing its latest game, a downloadable, side-scrolling action title called Black Knight Sword. While the camera man's maddening tendency to focus away from the action periodically detracts, the footage shows a mixture of hack-and-slash gameplay and a sort of puppet-show, paper cutout style of artwork that looks damn nifty. However, there is one, small problem with all of this. Up until this video started making the rounds, no one even knew this game existed.

In fact, technically, it still doesn't exist, for as we've learned in recent weeks, video games cannot actually exist until they have been announced via press release and/or a Game Informer cover story. To declare otherwise would be, at best, "shoddy journalism," and at worst, tear a hole in the very fabric of reality as we know it.

And yet, here sits this video, seeming proof positive that Black Knight Sword does very much exist, and does very much look kind of cool, despite a total lack of press release, cover story, or any of the typical tools we writers rely upon to do our jobs and maintain the desperately worn thread of our personal sanity. This video's existence is hacking away at that thread right now, driving me to the brink of utter madness.

Rather than think too much more about this, I'll just leave this other video here (featuring an interview with Akira Yamaoka by German TV show GamesWorld) for your perusal, and retreat to the darkest corner of my office to rock back and forth gently while sobbingly repeating the words "Black Knight Sword how can you exist? Black Knight Sword, how can I persist!" over and over, like some ceaseless, psychotic roundelay.

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#1 Posted by Alex (2021 posts) -

The above video (taken by Gamer365) comes straight from Gamescom, where Grasshopper Manufacture is reportedly showing its latest game, a downloadable, side-scrolling action title called Black Knight Sword. While the camera man's maddening tendency to focus away from the action periodically detracts, the footage shows a mixture of hack-and-slash gameplay and a sort of puppet-show, paper cutout style of artwork that looks damn nifty. However, there is one, small problem with all of this. Up until this video started making the rounds, no one even knew this game existed.

In fact, technically, it still doesn't exist, for as we've learned in recent weeks, video games cannot actually exist until they have been announced via press release and/or a Game Informer cover story. To declare otherwise would be, at best, "shoddy journalism," and at worst, tear a hole in the very fabric of reality as we know it.

And yet, here sits this video, seeming proof positive that Black Knight Sword does very much exist, and does very much look kind of cool, despite a total lack of press release, cover story, or any of the typical tools we writers rely upon to do our jobs and maintain the desperately worn thread of our personal sanity. This video's existence is hacking away at that thread right now, driving me to the brink of utter madness.

Rather than think too much more about this, I'll just leave this other video here (featuring an interview with Akira Yamaoka by German TV show GamesWorld) for your perusal, and retreat to the darkest corner of my office to rock back and forth gently while sobbingly repeating the words "Black Knight Sword how can you exist? Black Knight Sword, how can I persist!" over and over, like some ceaseless, psychotic roundelay.

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#2 Posted by Sinful (211 posts) -

awesome stuff

#3 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6197 posts) -

Whoa neat looking side scroller.

#4 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

Well that came out of nowhere. Awesome though, more Grasshopper Manufacture is always a good thing.

#5 Edited by MaFoLu (1858 posts) -

I refuse to believe this game exists until Randy Pitchford says otherwise!

#6 Posted by reson8er (31 posts) -
#7 Posted by Vexxan (4618 posts) -

Looks great.

#8 Posted by Olivaw (1215 posts) -

How could you post this story without copy and pasting from a press release, Alex? How?! 
 
HOW DID YOU CRACK THE GAME JOURNALISM CODE

#9 Posted by DrRandle (1202 posts) -

I totally want this game...

#10 Posted by Dudevid (16 posts) -

I adore the art style and sound design. A game that feels like this should never be called "Black Knight Sword". They need something akin to what the name "LittleBigPlanet" achieved. What is it with Grasshopper and names as of late? Though, I'll give them "Lollipop Chainsaw".

#11 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10809 posts) -

Cool!

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#12 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

I think we just found out the hook for Alex's new nu-metal track.

#13 Edited by skrutop (3615 posts) -

Why the hell do people pan away from the footage? Drives me nuts when I'm trying to catch gameplay from a new game and instead they show some stone-faced people playing.

Anyway, the dude does the Scrooge McDuck pogo jump, so I'm sold.

#14 Posted by fabiosooner (14 posts) -

I wish journalists stopped picking the Gearbox guy just because he tried to defend the indefensible Duke Nukem Forever. That Ars Tecnica article is very, very shallow and low - the Eurogamer article it mentions may have been mostly accurate, but Ars Tecnica ignored that much of the info presented had already been said by the developer ***months ago***. That's what the guy was complaining about, and he was right - I remember how happy I was to know there would be more Borderlands way back in January or February. 
 
In other words, yes, *it was shoddy journalism*. (Not that's anything new when it comes to gaming journalism. Only sports journalism manages to be worse.) Just as using one new game shoddily announced to beat on a dead horse *also* is shoddy journalism... Shoddiness seems to be contagious, doesn't it?

#15 Posted by Zelnox (386 posts) -

I hope it gets more challenging as the game progresses.

#16 Posted by Pop (2616 posts) -

looks really dope!

#17 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#18 Posted by Cybexx (1162 posts) -

I like when games just come out and show gameplay on their reveal, doing it on their announcement is even cooler. It is much better than "Hey we paid Blur a bunch of money to make this trailer based off some concept art we made."

#19 Posted by theanticitizen (264 posts) -
@fabiosooner His claim of shoddy journalism had nothing to do with DNF, it was about Borderlands 2 being revealed before it was officially announced
#20 Posted by Maajin (1056 posts) -

Grasshopper has a really fitting weird as fuck logo, by the way.

#21 Posted by Tesla (1916 posts) -

This shit looks dope son!

#22 Posted by BALE (8 posts) -
      
#23 Posted by metalsnakezero (2290 posts) -

Another Grasshopper Manufacture game? Awesome.

#24 Posted by probablytuna (3596 posts) -

Wow, Grasshopper is being super productive right now or is it because it has a large development team? Kinda reminds me of Double Fine's recent development strategy.

#25 Posted by buhssuht (437 posts) -

how many people work at Grasshopper any way? I always though it was small company just enough to make one game at a time

#26 Posted by zombie2011 (4972 posts) -

I like the art style of the game, the gameplay looks standard.

#27 Posted by Sammo21 (3250 posts) -

reminds me of parts of Shadows of the Damned...

#28 Posted by MisterMouse (3543 posts) -

seems like a cool concept.

#29 Posted by DeF (4846 posts) -
#30 Edited by ProfessorEss (7307 posts) -
@fabiosooner said: 

I wish journalists stopped picking the Gearbox guy just because he tried to defend the indefensible Duke Nukem Forever. 

I'm sure Al's just bein witty.   

Don't fret yerself over it Fabio, Pitchford doesn't have to worry about what a bunch of ham-n-egger, beer bellied, sharecroppin, "journalist" jobbers blog and twit about him. ;)
#31 Posted by nickux (1385 posts) -

Geez, it's like every game Grasshopper touches is a must-buy for me. They've been on such a role lately between No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned, it just keeps getting better and better.

#32 Edited by ProfessorEss (7307 posts) -

On topic, I'm not a fan of Grasshopper games but always love their style. 
This one, I don't think I like the style either. 
Maybe it's just the video quality.

#33 Posted by Eyz (451 posts) -

Awesome!
Always up for some more Grasshopper titles^^

#34 Posted by vinsanityv22 (1064 posts) -

Between this and Grasshoppers schmup, I'm SO happy they're supporting DLGs. I feel like, far too often, Japanese developers ignore the XBLA, Steam and PSN in favor of stupid garbage like PSP.

#35 Posted by WiFiPirate (141 posts) -

I think I saw a skull in a microwave, and it looks like those enemies were dropping strawberries. Yup... sounds like Suda51.

#36 Posted by phrali (646 posts) -
@fabiosooner: that whole thing had nothing to do with DNF. wtf are you talking about?
#37 Posted by reson8er (31 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: lol, Indeed I am.
#38 Edited by artofwar420 (6276 posts) -

*Insert Fry's "take all my money" picture*

#39 Edited by Skooky (473 posts) -

Did Alex make a page for game that "didn't actually exist" when he made the page?

#40 Posted by Beforet (2915 posts) -

God damn I love Alex's snark.

#41 Posted by Rudeboy217 (1766 posts) -

Awesome. It has a really interesting look.

#42 Posted by Wraxend (560 posts) -
@Sammo21 said:

               

reminds me of parts of Shadows of the Damned...


           

I was just thinking the same, the art looks like the side-scrolling parts from SotD
#43 Posted by Game_Baron (119 posts) -

@buhssuht: About 140 people. i like how they took the mini game function of Damned and input it into a new game. Nice.

#44 Posted by JackSukeru (5907 posts) -

Did anyone else notice that the way the black knight holds his sword whilst running is identical to the way Travis holds his lightsaber and how Juliet holds her chainsaw (at least from the screenshots) while doing the same.

I guess someone over there really likes that stance, or maybe I'm seeing something that isn't there.

#45 Posted by ArcLyte (883 posts) -

honestly i'm not in love with the art style. but being a grasshopper manufacture game i'm sure it'll be good.

#46 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

Oh my god, this article was so sharp I cut myself.

Never change Alex!

#47 Posted by PKHilson (205 posts) -

Reminds me a little bit of the side-scrolling shooter levels from Shadow of the Damned. Neat stuff.

#48 Posted by superscott597 (109 posts) -

I think this game is proof that platformers have benefited from the introduction of sweeping slash moves rather than piercing attacks. Seemed like the character controls like something out of the Genesis. That's not entirely bad, but could prove to be unnecessarily frustrating if that's the only kind of attack you have in the game.

#49 Posted by JackiJinx (3089 posts) -

I want to bring this home to my mother.

#50 Posted by yindotrunks (95 posts) -

Ah man Alex you're so funny...

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