Hollow Knight, boom of players on Steam but without a reason

Hollow Knight, boom of players on Steam but without a reason

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best metroidvania ever released so far, despite the relative smallness of the development team. The little indie gem has managed to carve out a slice of fans who still continue to hope for an announcement of its successor, Hollow Knight: Silksong. Four years after its release, Team Cherry's work was recently the protagonist of a new record on Steam, although no one really knows why.

According to SteamDB data, in fact, during the day of the August 5, 2021 Hollow Knight has totaled the beauty of 12,891 players connected simultaneously on Steam, surpassing the previous record of 11 thousand active users. The data is particularly interesting not only because the work was released now four years ago, but because no one really understood why, out of nowhere, so many people have played Hollow Knight on PC.

In fact, on Steam the title has not been discounted recently, nor has there been any news regarding the highly anticipated Silksong. Some believe instead that it is the absence of the sequel, in the face of so many announcements during the month of August, that pushes more and more players to explore the depths of the world of Hollow Knight. However, there is no real confirmation as to why Team Cherry's work has managed to attract so many active users in a single day.

What is certain is that Hollow Knight is a title that is always a pleasure to replay and that can keep us company for many hours thanks to strong backtracking and successful metroidvania components. We therefore look forward to news from the development team, hoping to have updates on the status of Silksong as soon as possible, now that many months have passed since we last heard of it.

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Hollow Knight just broke its own concurrent user record on Steam, three years after its release

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Critically-acclaimed Metroidvania Hollow Knight recently broke its own concurrent user record on PC – almost four years after its original debut.

Originally released back in February 2017, Team Cherry's epic action-adventure through a vast ruined kingdom of insects and heroes became an indie darling, achieving acclaim and awards from critics and fans alike, arguably reinvigorating interest in the Metroidvania genre and inspiring a host of other adventure games. 

Four years later, however, it seems it's just as popular as ever, securing a new all-time concurrent player peak on PC via Steam of over 12,000 players on August 5 – 12,891, to be exact, according to SteamDB (thanks, PCGN). Prior to that, the game had only breached 10,000 simultaneous players just a handful of times. 

Why? Well, we're not sure, actually. Quite often news or rumors about an upcoming sequel can make fans yearn for some quality time with an old favorite again, but Team Cherry made sure we knew in advance that Silksong wasn't going to be making an appearance at E3 2021. Otherwise, 'free' play weekends or big discounts can spark (or reignite) interest, too… but that doesn't seem to be the case here, either. Curiouser and curiouser, eh?

No matter the cause, it's great to see so many people exploring Hallownest again, and if you're chomping for news about that sequel, you're not the only one. Right now, Hollow Knight: Silksong is currently only scheduled to release on PC and Switch, and though it may come to other consoles too, just like its predecessor, Team Cherry said last year that nothing is decided yet. 

Silksong will be set in a different insect kingdom that's entirely from Hallownest, the setting for Hollow Knight. According to Team Cherry, the fresh setting will boast new biomes, more structured quests tied to new allies, and – gulp – more than 150 new enemies and bosses, as well as improved combat and aerial acrobatics. 

There's even better news if you supported Hollow Knight's Kickstarter; backers will also get a free copy of Silksong on PC or Switch providing long they contributed at least $10.  

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