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Tearaway director's RPG Knights and Bikes cycling to PS4

Knights and Bikes – the nostalgia-tinged RPG by former Media Molecule (Tearaway, LittleBigPlanet) developers – is coming to PS4, developer Foam Sword has announced.


Currently doing the rounds on Kickstarter, Knights and Bikes is a co-op RPG about a couple of kids – and their pet goose – trying to save their small island town from financial ruin. Equipped with frisbees, bicycles, power gloves and more, the pair must use their twee arsenal and wide-eyed ingenuity to rescue adults, collect treasure, and explore the island.

Knights and Bikes is the brainchild of Rex Crowle, the creative lead on both Tearaway editions, and Moo Yu, a gameplay programmer who worked on both LittleBigPlanet and Ratchet & Clank: Tools or Destruction. Audio contractors like “Audio Daredevil” Kenny Young (Tearaway, LittleBigPlanet) and composer Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs, LittleBigPlanet) will be involved as well.

Foam Sword described Knights and Bikes as being inspired by Earthbound, Secret of Mana, and The Goonies. “We would like to take these, along with of our favourite childhood memories, and channel it all through our years of experience making games,” the small studio stated.

It certainly has a winning premise at any rate. Set in 1987 on the island of Penfurzy, where Arthurian legend meets modern tourist attraction, it exists on the brink of the old world and the new, of fact and fiction. When the island’s most prized relic is debunked as a fake, tourism has plummeted and threatens to bring the small town into economic despair. Furthermore, player characters Nessa and Demelza may have kinda sorta released an otherworldly spirit that’s taken possession of many folks and animals alike.