It looks like the tremendously successful Metroidvania, Hollow Knight won’t be receiving a physical release anytime soon.
Developer Team Cherry initially partnered with Skybound Games in hopes of releasing physical copies of the title, but it seems both parties have parted ways. Skybound posted a Tweet to announce the unfortunate separation.
We are saddened to share that we’ll no longer be working with @TeamCherryGames to bring #HollowKnight to new platforms. We absolutely love the game and wish Team Cherry continued success. We look forward to seeing what’s next for them. pic.twitter.com/Cyp9tniGKu
— Skybound Games (@skyboundgames) November 9, 2018
Following their post, Team Cherry elaborated on the sudden turn of events, stating that bringing their Metroidvania to store shelves ended up being too much work for their small team.
“As a team of three people still in intensive production of Hollow Knight, taking the game into the retail space (even with the extensive assistance of Skybound) proved more work than we could reasonably manage. In future, we will investigate other ways to deliver physical versions of Hollow Knight, though likely that will be in smaller quantities. We’d like to thank Skybound for the amazing opportunity they provided, and for their professionalism and enthusiasm the whole way.”
Hollow Knight was recently released as the Voidheart Edition for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which brought fans the entire Hollow Knight experience in one package, the core game along with all the DLC content.
It originally launched back in February 2017 for PC, and later came to the Nintendo Switch back in June 2018 as a surprise release during E3. It has sold over 1 million copies collectively across all platforms.