Shovel Knight is coming to the Nintendo Switch, developer Yacht Club Games has announced.
The NES-inspired sidescroller will also be seeing some adjustments to its pricing scheme. Rather than including its DLC campaigns as free updates within the original game, both Shovel Knight and all expansion content will be available to purchase as standalone titles.
The change won’t affect Yacht Club’s original promise regarding release of additional content. You’ll still be able to access all the spinoff titles for free if you own the original game, but those who’ve yet to dive into the blue hero’s trowel-some adventure will now be able to select which campaigns they experience, without needing to complete the original first.
The change will be implemented across the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux, with the full collection being renamed Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. Alongside the original game, Treasure Trove will include the previously-released Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, and looming Specter of Torment DLC. Players who already own the game will receive this new version through an update. The original will also be renamed Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope.
The subsequent King Knight DLC will also be available to purchase separately later this year, as well as being added to the Treasure Trove bundle.
“We want to keep our promise of releasing free content for all players.” Yacht Club commented via an official FAQ, “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.”
However, Yacht Club will soon be raising the price of the game, and players who wish to access Shovel Knight’s additional content for free have been advised to grab the game now before the change is put into effect.
Yacht Club also announced that the new Body Swap Mode is complete; a fun add-on that offers fresh, body-swapped designs of the game’s main characters. A four-player Battle Mode will be hitting systems this year (excluding the 3DS and Vita), allowing up to four players to rally against one another as one of the Shovel Knight crew. The mode will launch alongside the up and coming Specter of Torment DLC, scheduled to appear this Spring. A trailer was released last month, showing the fearsome phantom in action, which you can see here.
If you’re hankering for a little more of Yacht Club’s whimsical charm, the dev also expressed a ‘vow’ to begin work on an entirely new project this year, separate from the Shovel Knight saga. For more information, you can check out Yacht Club’s official website here, or follow the developer on Twitter.