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love letter to 8 bits!
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love letter to 8 bits!
A groundbreaking love letter to 8 bits!
14,749 backers pledged $311,502 to help bring this project to life.



Hey Shovel, Plague, and Specter Knights alike! Better late than never, huh?

After many additions, revisions, plenty of of knights, and many long nights...we are finally ready to unveil... Shovel Knight: Official Design Works! We wanted to take every measure to make this artbook a celebration of Shovel Knight’s development and we couldn’t be happier with the results! Thanks for staying tuned while we put the finishing touches on this knightly compendium!

We’ve had the pleasure of working with UDON Entertainment who is best-known as a publisher of original and translated art books, graphic novels, and manga! Some of their best-known projects are from video game franchises, including Street Fighter, Okami, Mega Man, Dark Souls, Persona, Bayonetta, Valkyria Chronicles, Sonic the Hedgehog, and many more.

UDON has worked very closely with us to ensure that Shovel Knight: Official Design Works is every bit the definitive Shovel Knight art book that fans deserve. Within its pages you’ll find character art, developer commentary, rough illustrations and concept art, background development images, comprehensive sprite sheets, full-page promotional illustrations, and more – including an exclusive interview with the team! It was a ton of fun to recall our processes and problems with crafting each of the characters and worlds in Shovel Knight, and we can’t wait to share it all with you!

Click the preview above to see even more!
Click the preview above to see even more!

 This releases in August, so we’ll be following up with more closer to release!  

  • If you backed at the $25 Reward Tier or above (PDF coffee table book), you will be receiving a digital version of Shovel Knight: Official Design Works! 
  • If you backed at the $300 Reward Tier or above (Softcover coffee table book) or at the $500 Reward Tier or above (Hardcover artbook), then prep your doorstep, because a physical version of Shovel Knight: Official Design Works will soon be on its way to you!


We’re eager to start sending these artbooks over to you! ...but it has been quite some time since you answered the backer survey, right? Please help us make sure we have your latest information on file!

Even if you contacted us to change your address in the past, we strongly recommend you verify your Shovel Knight reward address one last time! Right now!  

On JUNE 5TH, we will lock down address changes as we prepare for shipping!


To confirm or update your address:  

  • Log in to your Kickstarter account. 
  • Select View pledge on the Shovel Knight project page, or select Shovel Knight from your Backed Projects
  • Select Survey and look for Name and address Review your previous address, and revise if needed!
You'll need to log-in before you see this View Pledge button!
You'll need to log-in before you see this View Pledge button!


The exact text might be a little different, but it will be under your survey response like this!
The exact text might be a little different, but it will be under your survey response like this!


Once released, you’ll be able to access the digital artbook the same way you downloaded Shovel Knight and the Shovel Knight Instruction Manual!

If you created a Humble Bundle account:

  • Log into your account on Humble Bundle then navigate to your Library. Once the artbook releases, there will be an entry for the Shovel Knight Artbook.

If you chose not to create a Humble Bundle account:

  • The same link you received to download Shovel Knight is still valid! Once the artbook releases, you’ll be able to find it at the same link. If you do not have the original email, you can use the Humble Order Resender to re-send it to your address.

Specter of Torment - Now Slicing Near You!

Specter Knight is creeping his way to a new platform is out almost every week now! We hope you’ve had the chance to try out the Shovel Knight:Specter of Torment campaign- we think it’s our finest work yet!! For more information on the release, including the latest release dates, check out our Specter of Torment Release Info page. Sorry for the wait! We love you!


Specter of Torment Release Info!!


Blight the Earth! The next adventure in the Shovel Knight saga is near! Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be releasing on all platforms this April! The specific dates vary from platform to platform, so let’s break it down:

Specter Release Forecast

  • Switch – Out Now!  
  •, Steam, Humble Store, – April 5th!  
  • Wii U, 3DS (Japan) – April 5th!  
  • Wii U, 3DS (America/Europe) – April TBD
  • PS4, Vita, PS3 (America/Europe) – April TBD
  • Xbox One – April TBD
  • Fire TV – April TBD  

We’ll be updating the post over on our website with specific dates once we know for sure.

TBD/To Be Determined platforms: we are awaiting for official word back from each platform holder to know the final release date.

Don’t forget – all existing versions of Shovel Knight, which means all backer versions, will be updated to become Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and will be receiving Specter of Torment!

What Is Specter Knight?  

Specter of Torment is the latest game in the Shovel Knight series! It’s all new! Check out this article for more.

Specter of Torment Official Soundtrack!

New adventure brings new music, including brand new tunes for your favorite stages and locales! As was the case with Shovel Knight’s original soundtrack and Plague of Shadows, the latest OST will be made available over at Jake’s Bandcamp in early April. Stay tuned — as he’ll be hosting a live listening party as well!

Coming Soon!
Coming Soon!

Need More Info?

We’ve been posting some pretty cool articles about everything that’s new in this version:  

Instruction Manual

Press Kit

Body Swap

Specter of Torment Review Round Up

New amiibo Functionality

We Hope You Enjoy Specter of Torment! It’s almost here! Prepare to pick up your scythe, and sharpen your spectral ‘edge!



Body Swap Design, Specter of Torment Out Now On Switch!


Hello everyone! Let's break into some big updates:

Specter of Torment Switch Launch!

Prepare your Scythes! The next adventure in the Shovel Knight saga is out today on Nintendo Switch! Take control of Specter Knight, servant to the Enchantress, in a quest to recruit a cadre of knights and create the Order of No Quarter. Experience perfect platforming, world-class visuals, impeccable stage design, incredible music, and even meet a friend or two in Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment!

For more, check out our update here.

As we mentioned in the previous article, Specter of Torment will release as an Update on all other platforms this April. Just like Plague of Shadows, this will be a free update to all existing and backer versions of Shovel Knight. 

Considering campaigns, modes, co-op, body swap, languages, and platforms -- SK has become rather complicated! We want to make sure every version has the the time needed in both testing and finessing. We’re filling out paperwork and bug fixing non-stop this month to get these out ASAP! We hope to have everyone slicing soon!

Designing Body Swap!


Launching alongside the Specter of Torment update is Body Swap within the original Shovel Knight! We wanted to make sure to get every detail right and share our thoughts on the entire process. We've compiled it all in this a huge, image intensive update that we're updating with more designs over time. So we're hosting the big article on our website here.

Celebration Stream

While our work has just begun on launching Specter of Torment, we’re excited to have one platform complete in the launch of the very latest update. If you are too and would like to join us, we’ll be streaming just a little Specter of Torment and more cool games that inspired it starting at 6PM PDT today! Join us on our Twitch channel then!

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


Greetings, blue burrowers! It's a new year and we have a lot to share, so 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 all consoles!!

Finally!! After many requests! Grab a friend and rejoice! Local two player co-op in Shovel Knight’s campaign is coming as a free update to all console and PC platforms (3DS/Vita not included). amiibo not required!


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: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will be released first for Nintendo Switch's launch window!

Get ready for Shovel Knight Co-op using Joy-Cons, Specter of Torment, Body Swap Mode, new challenge stages, new feats, and more on your new Nintendo Switch!! The other consoles and standalone versions will follow suit in April (dates to be confirmed once submitted and approved by platform holders).

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

We're back on the road again-- this time bound for San Antonio, Texas! January 27th to the 29th. This will be the first time you can experience Specter of Torment so be sure to join us and even play on the Nintendo Switch! Hope to see you there!

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 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC/Mac/Linux, and Nintendo Switch:


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! If you haven't yet seen the trailer we posted in the last update, well then you can watch it here.

 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 (and therefore all versions obtained by backing Shovel Knight), 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 on a particular system 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. Or continue enjoying the new content right at home on the version you have now.

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 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC/Mac/Linux, and Nintendo Switch and will also be delivered as FREE updates on ALL platforms to Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. 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.

That’s all we’ve got for today! Whether you're trying Shovel Knight out a new system, or playing on the original platform you backed Shovel Knight for way back when, we hope you enjoy playing these new updates!

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Trailer!


Hey, shadowy scythe spinners! Today, we summon the very first in-depth look at the prequel to Shovel Knight... Specter of Torment! Take a look:

Whoah! Did you get everything!? You’ll not only play through Specter Knight’s own story, but also see new areas, new music, new enemies, new objects, new boss fights, new weapons, new armors, and way, way more than ever before. Even the villainous boss knights have prepared new tricks and tactics!

Does that sound like a new game?! Well, that’s because we’re building Specter of Torment from the ground up so that it can be a completely unique standalone experience.

While Plague of Shadows followed an alternate parallel campaign, Specter Knight travels a new path in this amazing prequel. It’s your mission as Specter Knight to recruit the Order of No Quarter for The Enchantress! Specter Knight’s campaign truly is his own adventure, and we can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it this Spring.

For a better breakdown of how Specter Knight controls, check out this piece.

Stay tuned as we conjure up even more amazing Shovel Knight experiences in 2017! It’s going to be a fun year!