Hollow Knight’s Lifeblood update will draw more of yours

Hollow Knight

While the promised free Gods & Glory expansion for Team Cherry’s excellent Hollow Night is still in the works, porting the game to the Nintendo Switch has led to the creation of some tangential new content & features that we all get to enjoy in the interim.

While not completely finalized, they’ve rolled this little bundle of boss fights and gubbins out as a beta on Steam, and call it the Lifeblood update. While perhaps not worth a full playthrough to experience, it’s more of an already-good thing.

The star of the show for the Lifeblood update is an all-new boss fight. The Hive Knight (pictured above) leaps into battle with a charmingly buzzy ‘Huzzzzzah!‘. He’s not the toughest of enemies, but still has some interesting tricks up his sleeve, and has his own theme tune.

They’ve also gone and tuned up the Traitor Lord boss fight. Formerly a little underwhelming due to a lack of attack variety, the mantis should now do a few better job of keeping players on their toes, further encouraging completion of a particularly helpful character’s side-quest.

One major new feature has been introduced early: Custom map markers should help you navigate the sprawling underworld a little more easily. Really, this should be a standard feature in every Metroidvania if they’re not going to automatically mark every type of locked door or closed path for you, but it’s nice it’s finally here.

Beyond that, there’s some (unspecified in the patch notes) balance tweaks, some additional sounds and voice samples and some bug fixes. The Lifeblood update is currently Steam-exclusive and can be accessed by right-clicking on Hollow Knight in your downloaded games library, selecting Properties/Betas and picking the Public Beta branch of the game there.

This new update should soon come to all versions, along with the Gods & Glory expansion (the last of the promised Kickstarter stretch goals), but for now it’s Steam-only.

There’s also rumblings that some paid DLC is planned for later in the year, perhaps giving us the chance to play as Hornet. Can a metroidvania possibly grow too large? Team Cherry seem dedicated to finding out.

Hollow Knight is available via GOG, Steam and Humble for around £11/$15.

7 Comments

  1. epmode says:

    Oh, this is nice. I was disappointed when I originally stumbled into that hidden area only to realize that it didn’t have a boss.

    • unraveler says:

      Agree, I was completely expecting to fight the queen of the hive, and I was excited when I reached the open arena with a huge bee in the background; Only to meet her ghost and get a gem as a conclusion to the hive area.

      • sub-program 32 says:

        Also that wasn’t her ghost really. After all, you could see the *real* her in the background of the entire room. Her ‘ghost’ was more of ‘a form more suitable for communicating with lesser bugs’ that she projected to you.

    • Crafter says:

      It was explained in the lore .. but still felt too easy for this game where there are bosses everywhere

  2. muki0 says:

    This game is easily the best $15 I’ve ever spent.

    • Lawlcopt0r says:

      Would it be frustrating for someone that sucks at precision platforming? Still unsure if I’ll buy it

  3. mangrove says:

    The pinnacle of metroidvania. What a game!