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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Launches in April, New Mode Details

David D'Angelo's Avatar Posted by Developer, Yacht Club Games

It’s been a while since our last check in! We haven’t even gotten a chance to tell you that late last year, a physical version of Shovel Knight finally arrived for PS Vita. Since it’s been so long, we’d like to provide a status report on the PS4, PS Vita, and PS3 versions of Shovel Knight and all its expansions. Let’s dig in!

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will be launching this April!

Yay — the next expansion, Specter of Torment, is coming soon! But you might be wondering what is Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove? Before we get to that, we have more announcements to uncover!

Body Swap Mode for Shovel Knight will launch simultaneously with Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment!

Body Swap Mode is finally done! You can individually switch the body types of any Order of No Quarter Knight, Enchantress, Shovel Knight, Shield Knight, and Black Knight. Here’s your first look at body-swapped Shovel Knight and Shield Knight!!

Shovel Knight two player co-op will be available for PS4 and PS3!

For the first time on PlayStation, local two player co-op in Shovel Knight’s campaign is coming as a free update.

Sound Test Mode

For all you music lovers, we’ve decided to add a Shovel Knight Sound Test Mode where you can listen to all the tracks from every campaign. It’ll be a free update to all versions of the game.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Shovel Knight Co-op at PAX South

This will be the first time you can experience Specter of Torment. Be sure to join us! And be easy on us… it’s our first time at PAX South!

Introducing Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Okay! Soon, the game you now know as Shovel Knight will become Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. When that happens, you’ll also have new options to purchase each campaign as separate, standalone games on PS4.

Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope — Shovel of Hope is our new name for the original Shovel Knight game. But it needed a title like the others! What do you think?

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows — Plague Knight’s Campaign emerges from the Shadows to hopefully get some recognition this time!

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment — Specter of Torment is our most expansive campaign yet. We’re so excited for you to become the reaper!

Later in 2017, the following will release (names TBD):

Shovel Knight: King Knight’s Campaign — A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!

Shovel Knight: Battle Mode — On PS4 and PS3, duel with up to four players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight!

Why is this happening? Well, we hope providing less expensive standalone versions will provide better entry points for different types of players. Also, players can more easily grab an adventure (or Battle Mode) on another platform.

All owners of Shovel Knight on all platforms will automatically own Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove instead and will continue to get each of the planned free campaigns and features via updates. It will work exactly like how Shovel Knight was updated to include its first campaign addition, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Don’t worry!

In the spring, we will be raising the price of Shovel Knight. If you haven’t picked up Shovel Knight yet and want all the content included within Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, buy it now before the price increases this Spring! Or pick a selection of the standalone versions for a cheaper price.

Don’t forget King Knight’s very own campaign and the 4-player Battle Mode are still on the horizon for 2017. As described above, they will become available as standalone games on PS4 and will also be delivered as free updates Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. Look forward to more news on these in the future!

All Your Questions!

We understand all the news might leave you a bit puzzled. If you have any questions, let us know and we’ll continue to update this page.

Whew! That’s all we’ve got for today. Look forward to Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment on PlayStation very soon.

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luciddre4m- said:

January 19th, 7:15 am

Yacht Club is doing it right by rewarding their most loyal fans. I’m really looking forward to this!

kdubbs24 said:

January 19th, 7:15 am

Can’t wait for Specter of Torment! Quick question though, is the 2 player co-op mode coming in April as well? Or is that later this war?

Also, please tell me part of your team is already working on Shovel Knight 2… :)

SlyCooperFan100 said:

January 19th, 7:17 am

I suppose the biggest question is why you guys thought it was necessary to split the game up like this. Instead of calling DLC campaigns what they are – DLC – you’ve split Shovel Knight and its DLC into multiple individual editions and standalone games and have resulted in a much more confusing process. No one will understand what they’re trying to buy in the future if they want to buy just straight up Shovel Knight. “Shovel of Hope” is a new name and it will make people think it’s a DLC because they’re looking for the original game named “Shovel Knight” by itself.

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    David D'Angelo said:

    January 19th, 10:09 am

    Seluhir said:

    January 19th, 7:43 am

    Why? Because it’s good for business.

    Yes, there will be a small amount of confusion, but I think everyone who is looking for JUST shovel knight who knows it as just shovel knight… probably already bought it.

    Welmosca said:

    January 19th, 8:39 am

    Well said SlyFan…well said.

    Ralstonizer said:

    January 19th, 11:46 am

    I mean…normal people who don’t wildly throw their money away on things they can’t even bother to read a 1-2 sentence description of first, don’t really have this problem. It’s not remotely confusing to most people.

Typetm012 said:

January 19th, 7:26 am

I love the Plague of Shadows update and I hope the Specter of Torment update is just as good

OnTheBus666 said:

January 19th, 8:32 am

Wow they just keep shoveling on content! Cant wait to dig into the newest modes and campaigns.

halosas94 said:

January 19th, 8:42 am

Is that co-op for regular(classic)Shovel Knight,and do i need to buy it digital or physical to play co-op?

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    David D'Angelo said:

    January 19th, 10:10 am

    If you own Shovel Knight, you will be able to play co-op!

Welmosca said:

January 19th, 8:52 am

I have yet to buy Shovel Knight but its a confirmed buy,I like eveything about the game.Also its really cool to see the support you guys are giving to the game…real DLC,its always good to see devs doing that.

Thanks for the local co-op and above all the Sound Test Mode…I miss that so much in games,nowadays its hard to see devs who care about their fans but seems like you guys are part of a species in extinction.Always loved to hear the soundtrack inside the game.

    Seluhir said:

    January 19th, 11:59 am

    I think you’re just playing the wrong games… I’ve played several games in the past year with ‘music player’ modes, with various forms of extra features to explore the game.

    Nights of Azure, for example, had a full music player that also included little captions from the sound design team explaining their thought process and the design process for that particular tune. Every Atelier game has the ability to customize which track plays where. Even FFXV has a ‘music player’ built-in that allows you to listen to various tracks from the game AND from previous games in the series wherever you are. The list goes on, really.

    I’m always glad to see it when it happens because music appreciation is awesome, but if you think nobody really does it anymore, then you’re just playing the wrong games :)

Max654 said:

January 19th, 9:21 am

When you release Specter of Torment, will we have every Specter Kinght’s feat as individual Trophies? I mean, Plague Knight was nice but it was unfortunate that we get every single feat for one single trophy.

Will there have also trophies related to Challenges, Co-op mode?

feelgoodgamer said:

January 19th, 9:47 am

Played it only for like 30 minutes and didnt enjoy it much. I just want to say these different names are extremely confusing. Might give it another chance if its discounted before the price increase, but would love some more info if there is any different/fun gameplay options in the new stuff.

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    David D'Angelo said:

    January 19th, 10:13 am

    Sorry to hear that. Hope you give it another shot. Plague of Shadows and Specter of Torment both play completely differently than Shovel Knight and you might enjoy it!

    Ralstonizer said:

    January 19th, 11:49 am

    Oh man. Games having different names is sooooo confusing! I’ve just been playing pong for the last 40 years because I can’t even figure out how to get a game with a different name in my video computer box!

deedee1287 said:

January 19th, 10:12 am

Fantastic game, one of the best on my vita, thank you for all the support and can’t wait to see what will be your next project

Saimy69 said:

January 19th, 10:22 am

Thank you guys so much for these upcoming updates, especially the 2 player local coop. Which is coming when?

UnshavenBox94 said:

January 19th, 11:21 am

I just wanted to say thanks for doing a physical release of Shovel Knight for Vita and for doing “through” Fangamer. It’s a shame that PS Vita and 3DS will not get the CO-OP feature but it makes sense since you would need to put more work into the game, any way thanks for the updates

zepified said:

January 19th, 6:36 pm

You guys have been the best w/ releasing DLC and offering it to us all for free!!! That is a practice more devs for sure need to take part in.

Not only that, but I also want to make it known about how thankful I am that you guys are supporting the Vita w/ Shovel Knight as much as on the other systems. I think and will continue to think that the Vita is perhaps the BEST way to play Shovel Knight (especially w/ headphones) and the fact that you guys are still including the Vita with all of the DLC releases, despite the costs you could save by not including the Vita, shows us all that you guys care about gamers first and everything else second. So thank you for supporting the Vita and thank you for making one of the best platformers ever!! Keep up the brilliant game-making. : )

AgentX said:

January 19th, 9:10 pm

Shovel Knight is an excellent game that keeps getting better. Thank you for all of your hard work!

GlimmeringShadow said:

January 19th, 11:00 pm

Shovel of Hope huh? Interesting. Almost like a certain other IP that rebranded its first outing. What was it called again? Trek Wars? Babylon Star? Ah, I’m probably just imagining things.

BathoryBlaze said:

January 20th, 4:29 pm

You guys are amazing. I’m so glad this game came to ps4. When I finally did get to play it it was everything I was hoping it would be and more. Thank you so much.

Hakumen__ said:

January 30th, 4:42 pm

How about local co-op play for the PS TV?

Would that be possible?

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