Sony Japan Studio's new family-friendly hero is almost here, but players still don't know much about the adventure that awaits him. Rather than wait a few more days to find out the official story, I figured I'd make an educated guess at the plot based on the latest screens.

I haven't been following Knack's development as closely as some gamers, but I am an expert at piecing together plots from the slimmest of details. I traced an unfortunate series of events in Max Payne's life, uncovered some shocking details from Kratos' past, and even supplied Namco Bandai with better backstories for Soulcalibur V. Sussing out Knack's story was a little trickier, but I think I've nailed it.

We start with baby Knack in a laboratory. I'm guessing it's one of those Astro Boy deals where a gifted scientist lost his child and then tried to create a robot replacement. I'm still not sure why his head is a bucket, though – maybe the scientist isn't that gifted after all.

Over the years, Knack grows up, becoming stronger and smarter than his fashion-challenged father scientist. A mega corporation takes notice; its name is...Mega Corporation. appears the scientist's son isn't dead after all. Maybe he's just a huge disappointment. Either way, Knack and his human father and brother are invited to Mega Corporation for a friendly chat about science and technology. What could possibly go wrong?

It's a trap! Knack's human family is sliced to pieces with deadly laser beams! Luckily, Knack can turn into glass, allowing the beams to pass right through him.

Poor little Knack barely outruns the guards' missiles as he escapes Mega Corporation's headquarters.

Reeling from the loss of his family (turns out it's a reverse-Astro Boy story), Knack seeks refuge in an ancient temple.

While mediating with some wise old monks, Knack discovers he has the ability to suck objects into his body. Thankfully, the monks have a lot of garbage lying around.

After growing considerably in size and strength, Knack is ready for revenge.