Why wasn’t Hollow Knight Silksong at the Nintendo Indie World showcase?

Fans hoped that Hollow Knight: Silksong would be shown at today’s Nintendo Indie World showcase. Team Cherry hasn’t given players any solid news on the games’ development since late 2019, and it’s been over two years since Silksong was announced. As one of the Switch’s highest-profile upcoming indies, players are wondering why there’s been such a long silence.

Is Hollow Knight: Silksong canceled?

Hollow Knight Silksong Nintendo Indie Showcase

Hollow Knight: Silksong might not have been shown at the latest Nintendo Indie Showcase, but that doesn’t mean it’s canceled. Team Cherry has been largely silent about the game, but the studio’s Twitter is still semi-active, and Edge magazine featured an exclusive look at Silksong in December 2020. So, the game is almost unquestionably still in development.

More than likely, Hollow Knight: Silksong’s development has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire industry, from small teams to giant conglomerates, has seen disruptions over the last year. While Team Cherry hasn’t commented on how the pandemic influenced Silksong’s development, it’s likely part of the reason why we’ve heard so little about the game over the last year.

While we can only speculate at why Hollow Knight: Silksong wasn’t at today’s Nintendo Indie World showcase, it’s probably a combination of things. For one, Silksong is anticipated enough that the studio will likely hold off on another reveal until closer to launch. There’s no need to drum up interest. Additionally, Hollow Knight is popular enough that Nintendo might want to wait until a proper Nintendo Direct to give it the spotlight. If we had to guess, we’d think that the next time we see Silksong, Nintendo’ll give it an extended preview.

As of now, there’s no release date set for Hollow Knight: Silksong. The original game was Kickstarted in November 2014 and didn’t release until February 2017, so there may be a while left to go in Silkson’s development cycle. We’ll go out on a limb, and guess we’ll see more about the game sometime in 2021, though.