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Battle friends over pop culture trivia in PlayLink quiz show Knowledge is Power: Decades, out 14th November

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Battle friends over pop culture trivia in PlayLink quiz show Knowledge is Power: Decades, out 14th November

Wish Studios returns with a revamped spin on its mobile-controlled party game, with new characters, Power Plays and improved Challenges

Our PlayLink game Knowledge is Power, the smartphone-controlled, character-based, multiplayer action quiz gameshow, launched last year on PS4. We at Wish Studios had a lot of fun making it, exploring more of the potential of using your phone as a PS4 controller, after our first PlayLink game, That’s You!

After a reveal at E3 this year, pre-orders for Knowledge is Power: Decades open today on PlayStation Store, with 20% off for PS Plus members. The game releases on 14th November exclusively on PS4, I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes developer insights on what makes ‘Decades’ a brand new experience.

Decades of trivia

Top of the list was a completely new set of questions for the game, and this time around we decided to theme the game around separate eras of pop culture – spanning 40 years of knowledge.

We knew we’d be pitting Millennials familiar with endless streams of new music against some of us older types who bought their first single on cassette (International Bright Young Thing by Jesus Jones of course), and so we embraced that idea and we made sure we introduced game-balancing features to keep it fair as well as competitive across the generations.

On top of trivia, Knowledge is Power included special touch-controlled ‘Challenges’ – and for ‘Decades’ we’ve upped these in number from two to six, unleashing all new ways to pick, poke, swipe, prod, smash and chain answers.

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Adding character

We could tell from reactions at shows, watching streams and playing with friends that the characters were a huge part of Knowledge is Power’s appeal.

We decided with ‘Decades’ to introduce a whole new set of eight characters for you to play with. As such you can play as the portly and strangely retro-future ‘Internet Guy’, the 3D-glasses and giant popcorn box-wearing mascot, the human ’80s arcade cabinet, and many others. As before, you can use your phone to get dressed up as your character in new filters.

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More power

The other big feature in Knowledge is Power is of course the Power Plays; powerups, hazards and score multipliers that players can throw at their competition as they progress through the game.

For ‘Decades’ we kept five of the classics such as Gloop, Bomb and Freeze – but then also introduced on top a mighty EIGHT new ones. You’ll have to play to find out what Zippers, Disco Inferno or Millennium Bug will do…

And finally, we’ve added some new game modes to customise your game, as well as options to let you turn each Power Play on and off for that day when you really can’t take being glooped one more single time…

The next batch of PlayLink titles, which includes Chimparty, Knowledge is Power: Decades, Just Deal With It, WordHunters, Melbits World and Ticket To Ride, are all available to pre-order now, ahead of their 14th November release date.

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16 Comments

  • Please include a mode that turns off all the powers and mini games. Quiz only. The first was decent but we really didn’t like all that stuff.

  • Knowledge is Power is great, but this should have been an expansion to the original so we can combine the set of questions etc

  • Another useless addition to the ever pointless Playlink series.

    Why not just bring back BUZZ?

    • IIRC, a bunch of former Buzz devs pitched a new game in the series, but were turned down by Sony (Presumably because of Buzz’s lack of popularity outside of the UK). They ended up making the non-Playlink title ‘It’s Quiz Time’ instead.

    • Yeah, so we can buy expensive controllers for one game.

  • Is this game also totally translated into dutch like the previous game? Its not mentioned in the stores which languages it contains.

    I need to know before i buy

  • What a lame game was the first with zero game modes. And now Wish Studios want us to buy a new game while with just one update they can include the new decades questions. I hope that Sony one day will revive the buzz! franchise and all that crappy games will disappear.

  • Would you kindly first make a patch for the original and include the below in the second one? They badly needs 3 things:

    1) Clear mode (just quiz, no powers)

    2) No tutorial mode (had enough after the 2nd time)

    3) Skipping and/or accelerating animations for all modes

    We can’t enjoy Knowledge Is Power with friends as it is now for more than just one round (watching the repetitive animations and listening to the same instructions are killing the whole fun and take too much time).

    • All these improvements have been put into Decades

    • Good to know! Now, PLEASE update the original Knowledge Is Power to let gamers know what improvements they can expect in Decades (KIP is great for very casual gamers and even non-gamers and believe me – they don’t read those blog posts and comment sections – they won’t expect Decades to be better unless you patch the original).

      Especially that it has a totally separate set of questions etc. Would be a pity to ditch them.

  • My family and I still enjoying the original every few weekends so this new one sounds great. Hope it is coming to US market around same time.

  • Honestly, this should just have been an (maybe even free) expansion. IMO the original game was far from finished: no option to change game rules/length etc, no option to choose topics, scoring completely flawed. A decent company would have fixed this before releasing a completely new game. But in their defence, there are not many decent gaming companies left nowadays, so why not follow that trend right?

  • Is this one going to be harder than the first? Only the first was such a cakewalk that it didn’t feel challenging or interesting.

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