Following on from news and the reveal of a new campaign to what was already a much-loved game in 2014, developer Yacht Club Games have made not one but two major announcements today regarding upcoming plans to their acclaimed title, Shovel Knight. Firstly, Shovel Knight is the next in a growing list of games that’ve been confirmed to be coming to Nintendo’s upcoming new console, the Switch. Secondly, the game will be receiving another wave of free updates to anyone already in possession of a copy.
Alongside an odd but certainly interesting body-swap mode (releasing alongside the upcoming stand-alone Specter of Torment), which switches the gender of all characters within the main campaign itself — including the titular Shovel Knight himself — a brand new 2-player local co-op mode will also be available for those who wish to band together as blue and green Knight alike. A new battle mode will also become available soon-after which pits players against one another as one of the heroic or otherwise villainous knights featured in the game. Though the latter two updates will only apply to PC and console iterations of the title with 3DS & Vita versions sadly missing out on these additional modes.
Yacht Club Games have also confirmed that the game will now be referred to as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove wherein players can purchase any individual campaign as a stand-alone game. Alongside Plague Knight’s Plague of Shadows and the soon-to-be-released Specter of Torment, starring Specter Knight, the main campaign will now be referred to as Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope. This won’t affect anyone who currently owns Shovel Knight and those who do will still get the two recently announced new campaigns (King Knight’s campaign arriving later in the year at an unspecified date) for free via update.
Needless to say, you can’t accuse Yacht Club of not supporting both their game and its many fans, even two-and-a-bit years after Shovel Knight’s original release. As for any new projects outside of the Shovelverse, Yacht Club have hinted that they plan to start work on their next game at some point this year.