Shovel Knight, a game that soared into popularity shortly after its release, has been one of the best platforming games of the past decade. The game has been out for quite some time, and with its huge success, it’s a wonder that it took so long for a sequel to come out; Shovel Knight: King of Cards, isn’t exactly a sequel, instead being an add-on for the main game. However, this add-on is pretty much the size of an entire game on its own, so it may as well be a sequel.
It was supposed to come out earlier this year, but was delayed by several months. Thankfully we’ll be seeing that add-on very soon, but it turns out the series will also see some spinoff games; including a multi and single player arena fighter dubbed Shovel Knight Showdown, and a 2D dungeon digger that has been called Shovel Knight Dig. There’ll be a whole slew of updates for the original Shovel Knight in the future as well.
According to Yacht Club Games, the King of Cards update “has more levels, mechanics, secrets, and content than any Shovel Knight game to come before it. It’s a spectacle, crammed to the coffers with ideas- it’s the biggest game we’ve ever made, and we can’t wait for everyone to finally, finally play it. We’ve used everything we’ve learned in the past to make this game shine. We hope that you’ll find it both a delightful return and a fitting sendoff to Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove.”
The mentioned Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the all-in-one edition of the titular game, which includes every aspect of it, from the newly announced Showdown mode to the Shovel of Hope campaign. It’s available on several platforms and will soon be getting a physical release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Shovel Knight Showdown will be added to the Treasure Trove Edition for free on consoles and PC, but it’ll also be available as a standalone game.
Shovel Knight Dig on the other hand won’t be added to the Treasure Trove, as it’s a completely separate, standalone game. We don’t have too much information on when this game will be released, since Yacht Club Games themselves said it still had a ways to go until it was ready. Still, it’s good to know that this immensely popular and loved series is finally getting to expand a bit beyond its original game.