A ray of hope: Physical release of Hollow Knight might happen, after all


A while back, we reported on the physical release of Hollow Knight being canned. A dissolution between the developer and their publishing partner made the possibility of the indie title being sold on cartridge a near impossibility. However, a recent ESRB filing points to a physical edition of Hollow Knight becoming a reality.

“I gotta believe!”

Take a look at this screenshot discovered by Reddit user u/ofreezyy:


The ESRB left out Horrifying Bugs in its rating, but otherwise, this looks legit.

The reason this listing points to a physical version of Hollow Knight? Simple. Digital-only titles do not require an ESRB rating. Therefore, Hollow Knight must have a physical retail release on the way.

I am eagerly anticipating this announcement in an official capacity. I prefer physical media and also adore quite a few Switch indies. This leads to me waiting on official or limited edition versions of these titles in cartridge-based form. Dead Cells is already on my shelf. Celeste is on its way via pre-order. Shovel Knight is coming soon. All I need now is Hollow Knight to become tangible.

Fellow Switch indie enthusiasts, have you held out hope for a physical launch of Hollow Knight? Do you prefer digital or physical media? Please share your thoughts with us by leaving an insightful comment below!

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Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.