Shovel Knight

Retro platform gaming may be an oversubscribed genre these days, but Shovel Knight only proves the enduring appeal of this play style.

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Shovel Knight is getting two more free campaigns

Along with a competitive multiplayer Battle Mode.

Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games already went above and beyond by creating the wonderful free DLC Plague of Shadows, which added an entirely new campaign where players assume the role of former baddie Plague Knight. Sure it recycled most of the levels from the original game, but it featured an entirely different move set, altered stages, and even added an all new story to make sense of this alternate perspective adventure. It arguably set a new standard for free add-ons.

Shovel Knight's retail release delayed two weeks

Xbox One physical version canned.

Shovel Knight's retail release was originally scheduled for next week, but it's just been delayed a fortnight. Now it's set for 30th October in Europe and 3rd November in North America on 3DS, Wii U, PS4, and PC. (Note: The PC version is Europe only.)

FeatureShovel Knight's Plague of Shadows DLC sets a new standard for free add-ons

It's basically an entirely new game. Can you dig it?

Shovel Knight is one of video game crowdfunding's biggest success stories. A retro platformer developed by ex-WayForward staff at fledgling studio Yacht Club Games, Shovel Knight raised more than quadruple its $75k Kickstarter goal in spring 2013. Upon finally launching in summer 2014 (on Steam and the North American 3DS and Wii U eShop), the game surpassed the developer's lifetime sales estimate of 150k copies by shifting 180k copies in its first month on sale. And that was before it was ported to PlayStation platforms, Xbox One, and the European Wii U and 3DS eShops.

Shovel Knight's Plague of Shadows expansion dated

Shovel Knight's Plague of Shadows expansion dated

Out next week on 17 September.

Yacht Club Games has dug up a release date for Plague of Shadows, the completely free expansion to its critically acclaimed retro platformer, Shovel Knight. Plague of Shadows will be available for every format of the game from 17 September.

This is no mere cosmetic addition. Plague of Shadows introduces a new character, the Plague Knight, and an entirely new story campaign to play using his unique explosion and bomb-jump abilities. There's also a new alchemy system, which introduces crafting elements to the game, plus new bosses, enemies and objectives, new areas and new routes through existing stages, and a new Challenge Mode.

That's one hell of a generous offering for a free expansion, and it arrives one month ahead of the game's physical retail release on 16 October. There's also a Shovel Knight amiibo on the way for Wii U players, the first indie game to be honoured with one of Nintendo's collectable statuettes.

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Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight announced for Xbox One

Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight announced for Xbox One

UPDATE: Wasteland 2 also coming to PS4.

UPDATE 5/03/2015 12.31am: Wasteland 2 is also coming to PS4, inXile has confirmed.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/03/2015 10.04am: Microsoft has confirmed a new list of self-published games headed to Xbox One via its ID@Xbox program, including Kickstarter success Wasteland 2.

The old-school party-based RPG arrives on Xbox One in Game of the Year form, and includes new combat mechanics, voice-overs, and an overhauled lighting system powered by Unity 5.

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Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows expansion detailed

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows expansion detailed

Stretch goal content coming as a free update.

Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has detailed Plague of Shadows, a free expansion for its critically-acclaimed 2D adventure.

The add-on will arrive during the second quarter of 2015 for all of the game's platforms: 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Mac and Linux.

Plague of Shadows stars Plague Knight, a robed skeletal bird-looking figure armed with explosives and alchemy.

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Shovel Knight sales surpass dev's lifetime estimate in one month

Shovel Knight sales surpass dev's lifetime estimate in one month

After going unpaid for months, Yacht Club shifts 180K copies.

New indie outfit Yacht Club Games has sold 180K copies of its debut effort Shovel Knight.

This figure includes its 15,684 Kickstarter backers, but it's still really impressive given the team's six-person size and low budget. The developer offered a very thorough breakdown of its development costs in a blog post on the matter.

So first off, the crowdfunded game raised a total budget of $328,682 ($311,502 from Kickstarter and $17,180 from PayPal).

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Shovel Knight's secret Butt Mode is assinine

Replaces all recurring proper nouns with "butt".

Yacht Club Games' debut offering Shovel Knight hearkens back to the old days in more ways than its retro graphics. It also has cheat codes. Most of these feature rather banal benefits but one in particular stands out: Butt Mode - a mode that replaces all of the game's most common nouns with the word "butt".

Shovel Knight review

RecommendedShovel Knight review

The ace of spades.

In one memorable exchange in the most recent TV series of Game of Thrones, the brutish warrior known as the Hound suggests that the only people who bother to name their swords are "c***s". But we video game players usually leave our weapons nameless not through virtue but through a plain lack of resources: there aren't enough names in the world to bestow on the endless supply of swords and guns that pass through our virtual palms. (The Master Swords and Klobbs of our world have to be uniquely good, terrible or recurrent before a christening.)

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Shovel Knight set to launch this month on Steam

Shovel Knight set to launch this month on Steam

Wii U and 3DS versions dated for North America, but not Europe.

Retro platformer Shovel Knight is slated for a 26th June release on PC, Mac and Linux via Steam, developer Yacht Club Games has announced.

The developer noted in its latest Kickstarter update that the 26th release will also bring the game to Wii U and 3DS in North America, but it might take a bit longer for it to reach certification in Europe. "We've been working through localisation and ratings specific to the European region. Hard working developers and publishers who have come before us have helped improve this process and so we have been receiving great support. We hope that we will have good news to share soon," the developer explained.

It's a shame it's taking longer for Europe to get Shovel Knight on Nintendo platforms, as these will each host an additional unique gameplay feature. The Wii U version will have a Demon's Souls-esque hint system where players can leave messages for one another, while the 3DS version will have asynchronous battles in which players pre-record their moves in five second blips, then see how they play out against each other.

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Shovel Knight's Wii U and 3DS-exclusive multiplayer features detailed

Shovel Knight's Wii U and 3DS-exclusive multiplayer features detailed

Leave messages and engage in asynchronous battles.

Yacht Club Games' retro platformer Shovel Knight is going to have a couple of unique multiplayer features exclusive to its Nintendo platforms.

As detailed by Polygon, the Wii U version of the platformer will allow players to leave hints and pictures for one another on the GamePad, a bit like the crowdsourced message system in Dark Souls.

"The cool part is that it's room-based," Yacht Club founder Sean Velasco explained. "Every time there's a room where you don't know what to do, or if you just want some more information, you can tap on this diary. Leave a message for other players or get a message yourself. Or maybe learn a little more the same way you would trade secrets on the school ground."

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Shovel Knight unearths at the end of Q1

Entering alpha now. New trailer too!

Retro platformer Shovel Knight - the debut title of ex-Wayforward staff at Yacht Club Games - is now slated for a 31st March release on PC, Wii U and 3DS, the developer has revealed in a new trailer.

The latest batch of accepted Steam Greenlight titles have been announced

The latest batch of accepted Steam Greenlight titles have been announced

Shovel Knight, Death, Inc, and Dreamfall Chapters.

The sixth batch of games to get greenlit on Steam Greenlight have been announced today and there's some pretty good-looking titles in its ranks.

Shovel Knight, the retro platformer by the former WayForward staff at Yacht Club Games has been accepted, as has the bubonic plague-themed RTS Death, Inc by some ex-Media Molecule staff (despite its failed Kickstarter). Fan-favourite adventure series The Longest Journey will be coming to Valve's popular distribution portal as well with Dreamfall Chapters.

The full list of games and software to be accepted is as follows:

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