A player was inspired by Hollow Knight, learned to program from scratch, created a game in 2 years and played a joke on silksong 16

A player was inspired by Hollow Knight, learned to program from scratch, created a game in 2 years and played a joke on silksong

Morris worked in a profession that was completely unrelated to game development

In September 2019, six months after Silksong was announced, Hollow Knight fan Jordan Morris decided to develop his own game inspired by Team Cherry’s metroidvania. To do this, he learned to program from scratch, according to him, falling in love with the process of creating games on Unity from the very first lesson. Before his passion for development, Morris worked in a profession that was completely unrelated to game development.

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Morris’ first game on Unity

Morris said that he spent all his free time studying, while simultaneously working on his main project – Haiku, the Robot in the spirit of Hollow Knight. In 2020, the programmer realized that he would not be able to complete the creation of the game if he continued to work on it only after work.

Then he created a demo version of Haiku, the Robot and posted it on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. On it, the idea of ​​​​the game was appreciated and Morris helped raise money for a full-fledged development. After that, the novice programmer left his job and continued to create “the game of his dreams” alone.

On April 28, 2022, Morris released Haiku, the Robot on Steam. A few hours later, the network drew attention to the reference to Hollow Knight: Silksong, which the developer left in the game. In one of the locations, there is a tombstone with the inscription:

“To those who find my grave in the distant future, I will ask the question: “Silksong is already out?”.

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On the Hollow Knight subreddit, the joke was appreciated, and some metroidvania fans noted that the question was “almost irrelevant”, because Silksong “should be released soon.”

The authors of Hollow Knight probably haven’t seen this reference yet, but the young developer’s game itself was appreciated by one of the studio’s employees, Matthew Griffin, who shared the Haiku, the Robot trailer on his Twitter. It’s worth noting that Griffin occasionally posts similar videos about games similar to Hollow Knight.

As of this writing, Haiku, the Robot has received 93 reviews on Steam, of which 96% are positive. 

Release trailer