On the back of a successful E3 demonstration of Hollow Knight: Silksong, a highly anticipated sequel to Team Cherry's delightful 2017 platformer, the dev posted a development update and their E3 demo playthrough, if you don't mind spoilers.
Hollow Knight: Silksong's demo happened at E3 thanks to Nintendo, and there's no doubt that Team Cherry have found their spiritual console with the Switch, if there is such a thing.
Anyway, first up on the menu is Greymoor, which Team Cherry claim is one of the biggest areas they've ever made. It holds many mysteries, new friends and a new "lethal, lunging" enemy.
"The misted fields and dilapidated towers are now infested with Crawbugs, devious nesting types, and the former tenders of the land have become haunted. In the pens at this land’s height, keepers wrangle swarms of Dustroaches, rapid-breeding pests with insatiable appetites", they wrote.
Hollow Knight: Silksong dev said they've kept most things under wraps so as not to ruin too many surprises, and instead they focused on breaking down some basic systems.
First and foremost, whereas the Knight gathered soul by striking enemies and using Focus to heal, Hornet relies on silk and her Bind ability, which rapidly wraps her wounds and heals her - it can even be done mid-air.
A single Bind can heal 3 masks but unlike the Knight, her Bind consumes the entire starting spool of silk. Careful though - if you're hit, your healing is toast.
Hollow Knight: Silksong's protagonist is likely to kick the bucket as often as the Knight, but Hornet leaves behind a cocoon with a full stock of silk. Cracking it open is a key tactical decision when fighting bosses, and it's all down to timing it well.
Also, Hornet has a voice, unlike her mute predecessor, which adds dialogue and narrative to the fray, but Hollow Knight: Silksong players will not be burdened with it - you can ignore them if you wish.
Character voices are yet another delightful addition to Hollow Knight: Silksong, and Team Cherry reached out to the community who "provided some twisted and over-the-top performances".
They specifically mentioned the deadly fencer Lace, voiced by Mitsuki Hashimoto, whom they thanked for "bringing Lace to life in all her sadistic glee".
There's no word on the launch date other than 'when it's ready'. You can find the update on Team Cherry's website here.