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Games You Should Play While Waiting For Hollow Knight: Silksong

The release of Hollow Knight: Silksong can't come soon enough for fans. While there isn't an official release date yet for Silksong, things seem to be moving closer in that direction. The developer is in the final stages of testing, and though Team Cherry has been clear the team doesn't want to rush things or make any promises before being sure they can be delivered, hopefully gamers will be able to get back to slashing their way through the world of Hollow Knight soon.


Until the mysterious and long-awaited release date is revealed, what games should you play to pass the time? That is, other than the original Hollow Knight, of course. After all, just because you're waiting doesn't mean you can't have some fun in the meantime. 

If you're hoping to get your fill of action and adventure, these games should keep you occupied and entertained while you wait with bated breath for the release of Silksong.

Ori and the Blind Forest

Like Hollow Knight, Ori and the Blind Forest is an award-winning, vibrantly animated critical hit that's worth playing for the aesthetic alone. Beyond the pleasing visuals, Ori and the Blind Forest will be a hit with Hollow Knight fans thanks to its compelling narrative and enthralling action-adventure gameplay. If any part of the reason you love Hollow Knight is its ethereal, outdoor vibes, Ori and the Blind Forest will not disappoint.


So, while you wait for the next chapter in Hollow Knight, try Ori and the Blind Forest. The main story will keep you busy for at least 8.5-12 hours, and if you have the Definitive Edition, get ready for even more fun. If this taste of mystical exploration leaves you wanting more, good news: Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a satisfying sequel that's as celebrated as the first game. While all ages can appreciate the series' gorgeous artwork, adults will especially connect with certain nuances of the game.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

If you're looking for something to keep you busy until Silksong is out, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is sure to do just that. Expect to spend at least 80 hours playing through just one house in this game, and hundreds if you go for all three. This iconic tactical RPG series has a long history, but don't be afraid to jump right in.


Just as Hollow Knight features a rich story and dynamic combat, Fire Emblem: Three Houses will put you right in the heart of war, from one of three sides. On top of that, there are plenty of twists and turns to uncover in the game's plot. Whether you're a fan of romance, school drama, or action — you name it, this game has it. What really makes this game such a good fit for soon-to-be Silksong players is the immersive nature of play, as well as the rich complexity that still makes it easy for first-time players to jump right in.


Though Celeste doesn't feature outright combat, climbing the game's massive mountain is certainly a fight in and of itself. This indie critical darling should appeal to Hollow Knight fans because of everything else they love about the game: challenging gameplay, platforming, and a charming, creative art style. The story is smoothly interweaved with gameplay, and though the main character's journey represents real-world themes like mental health and self-acceptance, it has a fantastical look and mystical vibe that will likely capture the hearts of Hollow Knight fans.


Both games seem simple at first glance, but both games reveal a surprising amount of depth, so much so that you might get swept up long enough to stop wondering when the Silksong release date will actually be announced. As hard as waiting can be, hopefully Celeste and the other games here should keep you busy and entertained until the release of Silksong.