One of the best retro platformers of recent years, Shovel knight continues to evolve and outperform on many levels. We’ve already mentioned the second major expansion that’s coming our way, but now developer’s Yacht Club Games have detailed a few new details regarding the future of the brand, as a new console looms.
First, the obvious. Shovel Knight will be coming to the Nintendo Switch at some point this year. That’s great news for those looking for exciting content when the system launches some time in March, but that’s only half of the story.
Yacht Club will be shaping a whole new architecture for the franchise, allowing every major expansion to be purchased as a separate game on every current platform it’s available. Shovel Knight will be rebranded as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove for those who already own the original release, whilst the studio are also providing expanded options on how to purchase new content if you’re yet to purchase them, whether as standalone games or as a complete set. Shovel Knight itself has gone all Star Wars with a new subtitle, Shovel of Hope, whilst Plague of Shadows and Specter of Torment stay as is.
Then later this year, the King Knight will get his own (currently unnamed) campaign, whilst a new battle mode will arrive pitting four players against each other (unfortunately 3DS and Vita owners will miss out on that battle content).
On top of all that, the previously Wii U exclusive co-op mode will be ported to the PS4, XB1 and PC along with the Switch, whilst a new Body Swap mode will allow you to switch the gender of any lead character, for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to be a female Shovel Knight.
All previous owners of the game (i.e. Treasure Trove) will continue to get new content for free, so rest easy, you won’t need to repurchase anything. You can find more details plus a quick explanation as to why Yacht Club has evolved the franchise via the official launch post.