In less than 48h, Nintendo will reveal a lot of details about the Nintendo Switch during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. Various games will be revealed during the presentation itself, and there’s no doubt many publishers/developers will announce some more in the days/weeks that will follow.
But Yacht Club Games didn’t want to wait until Friday to announce that Shovel Knight was coming to the Nintendo Switch. To be more precise, it’s Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment that are coming to Nintendo’s new home console. Unfortunately, there will be no crossbuy offer, and you will have to pay for it even if you already own the game on Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS.
Now, you’re probably wondering what Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is, and it’s what the base game will become in the upcoming weeks. The reason for that name change is the fact that each campaign will become available for purchase separately:
- Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope – The original game;
- Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadow;
- Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment;
- Shovel Knight: King Knight’s Campaign – A new campaign featuring the King Knight [releasing in 2017]
- Shovel Knight: Battle Mode – 4 players VS mode, allowing you to play as your favorite hero or villain. Unfortunately, the Nintendo 3DS version of the game will not get this mode [releasing in 2017];
- and more…
Yacht Club Games decided to allow for each campaign to become purchasable separately in order to “provide better entry points for different types of players”.
If you already own the base game, no need to worry: it will automatically get “upgraded” to the Treasure Trove edition, and you will still keep on receiving all the planned free campaigns and features via updates. If you don’t own the game yet, you may want to purchase it soon, as the price will be increased this Spring (though obviously, you will be able to purchase the standalone campaigns, if you prefer).
Here’s how things will work for future campaigns:
- owners of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will get everything for free, as updates;
- the campaigns will be released as stand-alone games at the same time.
For more details about Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, make sure to check out the FAQ!
Additionally, Yacht Club Games announced the long-awaited Body Swap Mode was not only complete, but also that it would ship alongside Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment. They will share sprites and illustrations of all-new designs for body-swapped versions of the main characters in the upcoming days, as the release draws closer.
Here’s what the body-swapped Shovel Knight and Shield Knight look like:
But that’s not all! Remember the co-op mode for the Wii U version of Shovel Knight, that requires an amiibo? Well, it’s coming to all console versions of the game (including the Nintendo Switch), as part of a free update. The best part? You won’t need the amiibo to play anymore. Unfortunately, there’s a catch: co-op is not coming to the Nintendo 3DS version of the game…
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (Wii U, 3DS, Switch) will be released in Spring. The Nintendo Switch version of the game has been added to the List of confirmed games for the Nintendo Switch, and the Upcoming Releases page has been updated!
Source: Yacht Club Games