Hello again, Knight-a-rinos! Today’s update is all about closing the book on Shovel Knight's artbook!
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 bearing with us while we figured out every last detail in 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! 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’re proud to finally share it with all of you!
Let’s dig in to the release particulars:
Digital Art Collection...OUT NOW!
($25 Backers and above)
Rev up those monitors because it sure is time to see art! You can redeem your digital artbook now through Humble Bundle, the same way you obtained your copy of Shovel Knight... but it’s been quite a while since then, huh?
If you previously created a Humble Bundle account:
Softcover Official Design Works Artbook...ON ITS WAY!
($300 Backers and Above)
When it comes to physical goods, there’s always a chance for last minute delays! Thankfully, we believe these are all out of the way for good. We finally have every softcover artbook in hand, and will be sending them out to your updated addresses today! Sit tight, and this art-packed parcel should arrive on your doorstep in the coming weeks (along with a small surprise).
Thanks to UDON, this physical version contains additional bonus sections containing sprites, interviews (with us, oh boy!), and a tribute gallery from artists around the world!
Hardcover Official Design Works Artbook...IN BINDING!
($500 Backers and above)
Woah, speaking of delays! We’ve never made a hardcover book before, but that’s why we’re working with experts! These extra steps require extra time but we promise the results will be more than worthwhile. This one-of-a-kind, deluxe hardcover edition won’t exist anywhere else but in yours and ours personal collection. Display it fondly, treat it with care, show your friends, admire its stalwart durability, and most of all... enjoy!
I Want An Artbook!
We want you to have an artbook! Since it’s debut, many backers have asked if they can pick up a copy. Since we partnered with UDON Entertainment to make this really real, we’re happy to say that the softcover Shovel Knight: Official Design Works can also be obtained online (via Amazon or Barnes & Noble) and even in stores/comic book shops.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at:
Development on the latest wacky adventure in the Shovel Knight saga is going strong! New King of Cards story, worlds, objects, levels, and more are coming into focus everyday! We'll continue to post big updates here but you can follow along with us in a number of ways:
By decree, you are royally invited to the unveiling ceremony of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove’s final adventure!
Shovel Knight: King of Cards is the final campaign in the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove saga, and it’s bigger and grander than ever! Play as King Knight, the gilded goon himself, as he travels through 4 new worlds and more than 30 all new courses, on a journey to best the Three Kings who rule over the land. With a high flying spin and a boisterous bash, he can crash through all who would dare stand in his way!
Does King Knight have what it takes to become a ruler? Maybe he can pick it up along the way on this quirky quest! Experience refined platforming, exquisite visuals, new action-packed courses, brand new bosses, and amass a devoted following in Shovel Knight: King of Cards! This campaign is headed for release in 2018. For even more details and screenshots, check out the press kit!
…but that’s not all! Don’t miss the first reveal of gameplay footage included in Nintendo’s PAX West Presentation!!
We can’t wait to tell you more about it! In the meantime… have fun poring over every detail of the title logo and gameplay. And if you’re going to PAX West 2017, be sure to stop by our booth, #433, to get a hands on with the demo!
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!
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!
LAST CALL FOR PHYSICAL ADDRESS UPDATES
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!
PHYSICAL ARTBOOK BACKERS ($300 REWARD TIER OR ABOVE)
UPDATE YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS WITHIN KICKSTARTER BY JUNE 5TH!
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!
DIGITAL ARTBOOK BACKERS ($50 REWARD TIER OR ABOVE)
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!
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!
ShovelKnight.com, Steam, Humble Store, GOG.com – 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!
Need More Info?
We’ve been posting some pretty cool articles about everything that’s new in this version:
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!
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.
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!