Slash the Earth!
Indie developer Yacht Club have revealed that they will be bringing more free content to valiant side-scrolling platformer Shovel Knight, in the form of two all-new campaigns.
In a recent update on the developer’s blog (via. Eurogamer), the studio revealed that the two new adventures will revolve around Specter Knight and King Knight, and will feature their own set of Feats and Challenges.
Some GIF images were also shared, offering players a glimpse at the new wall-jump ability players can enjoy as Specter Knight. As with Shovel Knight’s Downward Strike and Plague Knight’s bomb-system, the ghoulish gallant has his own methods for obliterating his foes: a ‘Dash Slash’ attack with his signature scythe. A ‘Darkness’ Bar also appears to be visible, which presumably works in a similar way to Plague Knight’s Power Meter, fuelling the player’s special abilities.
In addition to new characters with fresh Feats and abilities, players will be able to tear it up in two new game modes. Whilst Battle Mode introduces competitive multiplayer, Body Swap allows players to switch the gender of the game’s whimsical characters. As Battle Mode will take place across a single-screen supporting multiple controllers, the multiplayer addition won’t be making it onto handheld versions of the game. Yacht Club did, however, assure that they’d update fans if any changes occurred.
A release date for the new campaigns has yet to be specified, but Yacht Club did mention that players can expect the campaign to arrive “sooner than the wait between Shovel Knight and Plague Knight.” Like previous update Plague of Shadows, the campaigns will be free to current owners of the game. The Specter Knight campaign will arrive first, and will include one of the new game modes. King Knight’s adventure, on the other hand, will follow afterwards, releasing alongside the other mode. The campaigns will be available across PC and consoles.
The first addition to Shovel Knight came last year in DLC Plague of Shadows. The free update introduced a fresh story, new dialogue, and a host of new weapons, upgrades and abilities.
Released in 2014, Shovel Knight has found a home amongst some of the best-loved indie titles in recent years. It’s also first indie title to receive an amiibo figure, and has since been released across numerous consoles and PC, with physical and digital versions now available. Yacht Club additionally announced a physical version for the PlayStation Vita, in collaboration with FanGamer.