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In its young history, Yacht Club Games has only made one game thus far. The studio has continued to work on Shovel Knight since its release in 2014 with a bunch of brand new content.

Shovel Knight still has some new things to offer this year, but it sounds like Yacht Club Games is starting to think about moving on. In a tweet published on the developer’s page, it states that the team hopes “to start work on a new project in 2017”.


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Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment are coming to Switch, Yacht Club Games has announced.

Going forward, Shovel Knight will be known as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. When Yacht Club Games makes the change, you’ll be able to purchase each campaign as standalone games on Switch (and other platforms not counting Wii U and 3DS).

The breakdown from Yacht Club is as follows:

Shovel Knight has been popping up in more and more games as of late. The character even made a cameo appearance in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 earlier this year. In 2017, Shovel Knight will be showing up in Yooka-Laylee as well.

David D’Angelo of Yacht Club Games was asked about Shovel Knight’s cameos in a recent feature on Nintendo Life. He had this to say about the character being featured in other studios’ games.

“Typically with our cameos the developers have reached out to us as they were excited about the possibilities of having Shovel Knight in their worlds. It’s really thrilling for us to see Shovel Knight in new environments, so we’re happy to be a part of the fun. Honestly, we usually don’t have to do much from our end as all the developers we’ve worked with have been top notch and very respectful of the IP. Yooka-Laylee was an especially fun one though as we created the 3D model in-house. It was enjoyable to leave the second dimension for a bit! Gunvolt was incredible – it was amazing to work with Masaya Suzuki to design the Shovel Knight sprite. What a legend!”

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Shovel Knight has sold 1.5 million copies, USGamer reports. Although that number isn’t entirely made up of Wii U and 3DS owners, we know that the game performed incredibly well on Nintendo platforms.

Our last Shovel Knight sales update was in April. Yacht Club Games said at the time that 1.2 million copies had been sold and it had shifted 180,000 amiibo figures.

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USGamer caught up with Nick Wozniak from Yacht Club Games and managed to obtain some additional details about Specter of Tournament, the next expansion for Shovel Knight. We’ve rounded up the important tidbits below, though the full article is located here.

– Free to everyone who owns Shovel Knight
– being pushed as “standalone” so casual observers understand that it’s more than a simple reskin with a new character
– May also make Specter of Torment a true standalone release, though they wouldn’t elaborate on what form they would take
– Set before the original Shovel Knight
– Follows Specter Knight as he recruits the Order of No Quarter
– Specter Knight can wall climb and dash slash
– Yacht Club is remixing his levels
– New screens as well as new art
– You might recognize “one or two screens if you really know the old game,” but otherwise it will very different
– Players can choose any level they want
– All boss battles have been redone
– Harder/easier stages like that of Mega Man

Last night, Yacht Club Games finally showed a trailer for Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment at The Game Awards. The studio shared a bit more on the expansion in a blog post shortly afterwards.

Perhaps what’s most interesting here is that the team is making Specter of Torment “from the ground up so that it can be a completely unique standalone experience.” It’s a prequel, featuring “new areas, new music, new enemies, new objects, new boss fights, new weapons, new armors, and way, way more than ever before.” It really does sound like its own thing in many ways.

Here’s the full update from Yacht Club:

Yacht Club Games debuted a brand new trailer for the Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment expansion during The Game Awards 2016. We’ve posted it below.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may not be the only reason Nintendo fans should tune into The Game Awards tomorrow. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games is now teasing something for the show.

On Twitter, the company put out the following message:


Shovel Knight’s new Specter of Torment campaign is slated for Spring 2017. One would assume that Yacht Club Games would have something new to share on that front – especially with how the tweet above was worded.

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Yesterday, we published our interview with Inti Creates about the Azure Striker Gunvolt series as a whole. We’re following up on that today with a specific interview with Yacht Club Games about the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack.

During our discussion, Yacht Club was kind enough to take on some questions regarding the package’s origins, its status in Europe, where the amiibo integration in Gunvolt 2 came from, and more. Head past the break for all of the company’s comments.

We finally have some news about the Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack for Europe. In case you didn’t know, the Striker Pack contains both Azure Striker Gunvolt games in one retail package. The pack’s release in Europe has been unclear for a while, but it seems like we finally have clarity now.

Today, the Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack was rated by PEGI, meaning it was cleared for release in most European countries – and the rating lists Yacht Club Games as the publisher, who are also publishing the pack in North America. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 was released on the European eShop yesterday – the Striker Pack doesn’t have a release date yet, but it hopefully shouldn’t take much longer.

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