Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture announced their new downloadable title at GamesCom 2011 and it’s called Black Knight Sword (no relation to the awful Martin Lawrence flick). Grasshopper stated that they wanted a “picture book” look to the game with the familiar gameplay of a 2D side scroller.
“Black Knight Sword is a fully Grasshopper-developed title. It’s a blend of old meets new, classic meets fresh,” the studio said. “This is a side-scrolling action title inspired by Japanese theatre drama. It’s also a modern interpretation of a picture book-type game, with old-school action gameplay.”
The group also discussed the influence it took from its European publisher, Digital Reality:
“Even through the development is being handled by Grasshopper, the partnership with Digital Reality on the European continent has influenced the setting, tone and background,” said Grasshopper. There’s a lot of European soul injection in there.”
The game is scheduled for a digital-only release in January or February 2012.