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Plague of Shadows Now Available!


Hooray! Today we complete two more stretch goals! World class platforming, music, storytelling, and art all return in Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, available now to all owners of Shovel Knight! Pick up the FREE DLC on your platform of choice – Wii U, 3DS, Xbox One, PS4, PS Vita, PS3, Windows/Mac/Linux (Steam, GOG, Humble)! Extract the potion’s key ingredients from Plague Knight’s former allies… the villainous knights of the Order of No Quarter! Take on the explosive quest with a new play style, new story, new bosses, and more!

Wait…how do you download a free update! If you’re lost, check this page out to find your way!

What’s new!

Okay…really though…what is Plague of Shadows? Let’s break down all the content:

A new adventure starring Plague Knight!

  • See your favorite game from a new point of view.
  • Play through Shovel Knight’s quest, but as the explosive trickster Plague Knight with new gameplay and story.
  • Explode onto the scene as Plague Knight!
  • Use explosives, bomb jumps, and alchemy to blast your way through the game in a whole new way!
  • Combine casing, fuses, powders to create your favorite bomb. Customize your jump and arcana and discover all 9,720 attack combinations!
  •  Find new armors, secrets, collectibles, easter eggs, and more!
  • Master Plague Knight’s mobility to defeat new bosses!
  •  Discover brand new areas and new paths through the classic levels! Use your arcana in challenging new side areas!
  • Learn more of the background story behind the beloved characters in the village and the villainous Order of No Quarter.
  • Is your science up to snuff? Take on Plague Knight specific challenges with new Feats!

Prove your mettle in Challenge mode

  • 10 Shovel Knight Courses: timed challenges, puzzles, enemy survival, and intense platforming!
  • 5 Plague Knight Challenges: Prove you’re the master of Plague Knight’s new bag of tricks!
  • 32 Boss Challenges: Revisit the boss fights as Plague Knight and Shovel Knight under new conditions – low health, limited weapons, time limits, and higher stakes!

Brushing up on your alchemy!

If you’re still confused, get out your beakers and Bunsen burners, and get to work studying the science behind Plague Knight:

Plague of Shadows Instruction Manual

Plague of Shadows Mobility Design

Plague of Shadows Mobility Tips and Tricks

Plague of Shadows Press Kit

We poured our hearts and souls into Plague Knight, and we hope everyone truly enjoys the new update! Please let us know what you think!

Don’t forget, you’ll need to clear the game as Shovel Knight to take on Plague Knight’s new adventure and Challenge Mode! There might be another way to unlock Plague Knight too …

Celebration Stream!

We’re super excited about the launch of the game, so we want you to join us instead of playing, ha! For those of you who can pull yourselves away from the new update or multi-task, we’ll be playing lots of games and talking about the development at 8PM PDT Today (9/17). Join us on our twitch channel then!

As always, thank you for all your support. Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows wouldn't have existed without your help!

Plague of Shadows Trailer! Big week!


Plague of Shadows Is Almost Here! Trailer Time!

Greetings Shovelers and Soon-To-Be Alchemists! This next week is sure to be an exciting one, including the MEGATON reveal we promised… so let’s jump right in! First, watch this trailer and weep.

 As always, click here if you want to see the trailer in its full 60FPS majesty.

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Release Imminent!

We’re happy to share that, as of August 5th, Plague of Shadows has completed development! Now the game is in the “submission phase” where we coordinate with everyone to make sure it arrives on your system without a hitch. This can be a mystifying step, since we need to coordinate with a lot of teams beyond just our own. Once we hear word back, we’ll be able to share a true final release date. But expect it very, very soon! In the meantime, get ready for updates in the near future detailing the new campaign! If you want to learn more about Plague of Shadows right now then visit our Plague Knight press-kit

Nintendo’s “Nindies@Night”!

Nintendo is throwing a big pre-PAX show! And guess who will be there!? ( hint: it’s us )

Join us live on stream! Or if you’ll be in Seattle, come in person!

Thursday, August 27th at 8PM! Food, drinks, and video games await! Be the first to compete for glory in Shovel Knight’s Challenge Mode against other party-goers! For more information, check out Nintendo’s site right here.

If Seattle is outside your reach, then tune in online! We’ll be there to talk about what’s next for Shovel Knight, from Plague of Shadows to beyond! It’ll be an event you don’t want to miss!

Physical Version Coming to a Store Near You!


It’s been a year since Shovel Knight dug into the hearts of people everywhere. Can you believe it? With more than 700,000 copies sold and over 100 awards including many Game of the Year accolades, Shovel Knight’s phenomenal success is something we never dreamed possible. We couldn't have done any of this without your incredible support! And now, we’re ready to take the next step: into the REAL WORLD!!

That’s right! We’ve heard the demand, and now we have our biggest megaton announcement yet!!

Shovel Knight is coming to retail.

The Details

North America: October 13, 2015

Europe: October 16th, 2015

$19.99 MSRP

Available on Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, (PC – Europe only)

Pre-Orders should be live at your favorite retailer: Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Gamestop, Amazon…you name it! To make as big of a splash as possible, and to let retailers know that they need to stock up, you should definitely pre-order now!! We’d consider it a huge personal favor; thanks in advance!

What's in the Box

The physical version of Shovel Knight contains everything we’ve released so far. First, there is the original Shovel Knight campaign with all the content you know and love! Also included is Shovel Knight’s first content update: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Finally, there’s a full-featured Challenge mode with more than 50 crazy challenge levels to explore!

Of course, like the digital version, every boxed version will also receive FREE future updates as they become available:

  • Specter Knight’s Campaign – A full campaign starring the shadowy scythe spinner!
  • King Knight’s Campaign – A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!
  • Battle Mode – Duel with up to 4 players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight! (Wii U/PS4/XB1/PC exclusive)
  • Body Swap Mode – Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a dude? Well, now you’ll be able to change them all around, along with the rest of the cast!

Oh, and one more thing: every boxed copy of Shovel Knight will include a lavish instruction booklet similar to the Kickstarter reward. No 2-page inserts here! You deserve a full manual, to hold in your hot little shaking hands and pore over as you wait to get home!

Yacht Club Games – Now a Publisher!!

Wait, but who is publishing the game?! We are! Yes, us! That’s right! The Yacht Club Games crew has joined the world of physical publishing. But we’re getting a big helping hand from our distributor U&I Entertainment, who will be shipping the game out to stores for us. They have done an amazing job with Telltale’s games like The Walking Dead, as well as Divinity: Original Sin, so we know they are up to the task! Fun Fact: they even shipped the original PlayStation back in 1995!

This is a whole new frontier for us, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have the amazing team at U&I at our backs to help us bring Shovel Knight to store shelves! This is just the beginning!

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows – Coming Very Soon!

The wait for Plague of Shadows is almost over! This free update will definitely hit digital platforms BEFORE the boxed version. We’re in the home stretch and are polishing every detail, pixel, and potion right now. Here's a fun GIF to check out before the final version is released!

Remember that tough bookroom in Pridemoor? Look at a skilled Plague Knight just breeze on by it!

Battle Mode

Even in the chaos of all this new stuff, we are still plugging away on new features. New single player adventures are always fun, but it will soon be time to shake it up in Battle Mode! Lots of playable characters, stages, battle types, options, and more are coming! Here’s a taste:

 We hope everyone is looking forward to the wild battles!

That’s all for now!!

Wow…was that too much information? Stay tuned this coming month because we have even more crazy cool news to reveal. For instance, a final Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows release date and trailer! Also… we’ve heard the cries of bringing more exclusive content to Nintendo platforms. It might not be quite what you expect… but keep an eye out for another MEGATON announcement soon!

Will Shovel Knight take over the world? What will the new content be like? What is happening with the Nintendo versions? So many questions! Please let us know what you think of everything in the comments! As always, thank you so much backers for your continued support!

Introducing Shovel Knight: Plague Of Shadows, Playstation Release Date, PAX East, Plush!


The time is near! We’ve been toiling away on our stretch goal content… and the first release will soon be upon us with Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows! Read on for all the details!

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

In this adventure, you play as Plague Knight, the villainous master of alchemy, in a quest all his own. Using his maniacal scientific mind, Plague Knight is seeking to concoct Serum Supernus, the Ultimate Potion. However, to retrieve these ingredients, he must extract them from his former allies… the villainous knights of the Order of No Quarter! World class platforming, music, storytelling, and art all return in Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows; an explosive quest with a new play style, new story, new bosses, and more!

We’ll be showing the FIRST EVER playable demo of Plague Knight’s campaign at PAX East. Make sure to drop by and give it a try at booth 6224 or just say hello to the Yacht Club crew! For those who can’t make it, here are some more details:

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Press Kit

Playstation 4, Vita, and PS3 Arrive on April 21st!

 Enough about new content… we’ve got some serious fever… Spring Fever that is! Shovel Knight is bound for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita on April 21st as part of Sony’s Spring Fever campaign! The core of Shovel Knight’s quest has remained faithfully intact in its journey, and we’ve peppered in some fun new additions like PSVita Back touch, PS4 Light bar excitment, Cross-Save, and Cross-Buy!! That’s right, Shovel Knight on Sony will have Cross-Buy over all 3 platforms. You asked, and we delivered! Whether you’re taking up the adventure for the first time or trying it out on your preferred Sony system — we hope you enjoy the game! Don’t forget the Sony version includes a surprise clash with God of Wars’ Kratos himself…and we have to say it’s pretty freaking outrageous and fun!

Shovel Knight Plush - Available Soon!

Shovel Knight can now stand guard over your desk, shelf, bookcase, or wherever else treasure and adventure can be found! The paragon of shovelry himself will be available for pre-purchase tomorrow thanks to our friends at WeLoveFine. Plushie armor might not provide the best defense, but it boosts charisma right through the roof! These are too cute to leave at home so we’ll be bringing them along to our PAX booth too!

 (Plushie Shovel included but not pictured)

Happy Holidays from Shovel Knight, 2014’s Game of the Year!!!

The end of the year approaching means that it’s Game Award season! And wow, so far we have had a great run! To our surprise and delight, Shovel Knight was chosen as Indie Game of the Year at the Game Awards. You can hear our heartfelt acceptance speech here, and we even mentioned our Kickstarter Backers!! We love you guys <3

 We’ve also been nominated and are winning many other awards! If you see any other Game of the Year Polls, make sure to vote for Shovel Knight! Some of you have already answered the call! The Last of Us has earned over 200 game of the year awards… think we can beat them? 

This Year, Give the Gift of Shovel Knight! 

It’s gift-giving season, and we have heard that many of you would like to give Shovel Knight to friends and loved ones. We wholeheartedly recommend this, but there is just no good way to wrap up our digital game in present form!! Therefore, we now present to you the Official Shovel Knight Gift Card Holder. Simply print this out on a nice paper or card stock of your choosing, and slip a Nintendo eShop card into the holder. Viola! If you don’t have a card, then just write a nice message inside to let them know they got Shovel Knight!! Check it!

Click This Link for the Full Size Version!!

And finally, if you do this… please take pictures and send them to us!! We would love to see your beautiful packages and reactions!! 

Stretch Goal Content: Plague Knight Update! 

The pedal is to the proverbial metal on Plague Knight! We are working full time on update content (Plague Knight, Body Swap Mode, and Battle Mode!), and it’s shaping up to be amazing. The Plague Knight campaign will be the first content released, and it’s feeling like a whole new adventure already! A new relic system! New characters and bosses! Remixed content! On that subject, we’re going to share a little detail. Mona, who runs the potion minigame in the village, will have a vastly expanded role.... Here is a peek at the design process so far! 

Kickstarter Rewards - Adventures in Postage

We’ve almost entirely vanquished the mighty task that is Kickstarter Rewards! After sending out packages rapid fire, non-stop, we can finally move around the office again! Mistakes and moves can happen and so we have had a handful of packages bounce back to us. We’ll continue to contact bounced package backers via email to straighten out the details. If you’re checking your mailbox and wondering where your rewards are then check your inbox instead! Here are a few notes on remaining rewards: 

  •  Posters - We have these in hand and will be sending them out within the week. They’re tubed up and ready to go! 
  •  Artbook (digital and physical) - This one will not be released until all new art for the Stretch Goal Updates has been made. New knights, objects, places, concepts, and more await. We also have an extra special surprise lined up, so keep an artistic eye out for this one! 

Shovel Knight Digs into the Playstation platforms! 

Maybe you haven’t heard the exciting news, but Shovel Knight is branching out on to other platforms for adventure. Early next year, Shovel Knight will make his debut on Playstation platforms: PS3, PS4, and PSVita! Along with this extremely exciting development in the legend of Shovel Knight, a guest character that you are all familiar with will be meeting our stalwart, blue knight: Kratos from the God of War series! 

For more info, check out our website post about it! 

That’s all for now! If you’re hungry for more day-to-day Shovel Knight then be sure to check our Website, Facebook, and Twitter. See you all next year!