Shovel Knight has been burying the competition on other platforms, so it only makes sense that he eventually make an appearance on Nintendo’s new Switch console.
Yacht Club Games, the developer that brought the stunningly good 8-bit platformer to life, has announced that the game will make its way to the Switch later this year – with some changes to boot.
The developer has confirmed that the entire Shovel Knight tale will be available with a new name – Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. The game will include both the main adventure, along with the two new expansions, Plague of Shadows and the upcoming Specter of Torment, automatically. To keep things fair, Yacht Club has confirmed that anyone who owns the game on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC will get this collection free of charge, as well as additional updates to the game. So, no complaining there.
In addition, the game has a new title now – Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope. Yacht Club Games is working on rebranding the game, as well as adjusting its price, but hasn’t confirmed just how much that new price will be as of yet. (This is to those that don’t already own the game, by the way.)
The company explained that the rebranding is because the game “has simply gotten too big! It’s difficult for many players out there to find everything or even know that these campaigns exist. We believe that providing standalone versions will provide better entry points for different types of players and allow more people to continue enjoying each adventure on their next favorite platform.”
One forthcoming update to the game will introduce a two-player co-op mode, which will be available across the board for home consoles, but not portable versions of the game. This mode was previously exclusive to the Wii U, for those that owned a Shovel Knight amiibo to unlock it.
The game will be three years old this June, so expect a major push for the title around its anniversary. We certainly, ahem, dig it.
Shovel Knight is currently available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and PC.