Shovel Knight is a transcendent video game. The little indie that could had a successful Kickstarter campaign and became one of the greatest platformers of our time. Five years later, Shovel Knight is still going strong, with DLC on the way and a board game in the works. In addition, after launching on 12 different platforms, the title has recently sold over 2.5 million units. Just in time for its five year anniversary! Not too shabby for developer Yacht Club Games.
An anniversary deserves a celebration!
Over at Yacht Club’s website, devs have shared news regarding upcoming Shovel Knight content, as well as pictures from the game’s early stages. Accomplishments were also praised, such as Shovel Knight becoming the first third-party amiibo and the wonderful crossovers with God of War and Battletoads for certain versions of the title.
In regards to the future, Shovel Knight Showdown and King of Cards are on the way. Showdown is a multiplayer mode where different characters from the game beat the hell out of each other. King of Cards is an expansion where players control King Knight as he traverses a map just like Super Mario World, complete with secret exits. Sadly, all of this extra content has been delayed. Hopefully, we will get an update regarding Yacht Club’s progress before the end of the year.
Nostalgia-wise, Shovel Knight‘s developers gave fans a glimpse of the game’s origins. The pictures below show the platformer’s foundations being built, as well as the fruits of a Kickstarter tier that added backers’ faces to NPCs.
Personally, I’m a huge fan
I was blown away by Shovel Knight when it first launched. The level of care, detail, and genuine love that went into making it is evident in every screen. My partner was similarly transfixed; we ended up buying the amiibo just so we could play the co-op mode early. Furthermore, even though we own the title on both the 3DS and Wii U, we are guaranteed to buy the complete Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove once the physical version hits. It’s like Resident Evil 4 in that you can buy it over and over again and not question why.
Enthusiasts, are you joining in the festivities for Shovel Knight‘s birthday? Is the wait for the complete physical edition on Switch excruciating? Give us your thoughts with a comment down below.