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

Posted by Yacht Club Games (Creator)

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!

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      Lightford on

      Bought a Switch and had to purchase this on there. The Body Swap is pretty awesome. Since this will be my second playthrough, I thought I would turn it on opposite. I'm really enjoying this feature.

      Thank you, for releasing this so quickly on the Switch; it plays beautifully.

    2. ordalic on

      Should i buy digital or go for a retail version? Worth the wait for retail or is it chanceless?

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      Wandering Shadow on

      I really love how you fleshed out the concept of this mode. I'd expected just a straight up swap of everyone, but the ability to choose who gets swapped individually and even choose if the text is swapped or not is just more of the crazy above and beyond awesome that I should expect by now. I went from not caring about this mode at all to wanting to try out all sorts of different combos.

    4. Matthew Boychuk on

      Yeah I think the work you guys put into the designs is great and I love the concept of the gender bender mode. But I don't like the word regressive being used to describe classic games like Mega Man. Feels like people are just trying to shame my hobby again as doing so has become trendy in recent years.

      Also kinda wish there was an in-universe reason for the gender bend like how you get cooked a nice meal to raise your health instead of it just being sprite swaps controlled in a menu.

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      J on

      I'm liking all the work that went into the body swap mode, but to keep going on about inclusiveness and the like strikes me a bit like pandering. Not that I'm against it at all, but perhaps my opinions have been a little tainted by a lot of stuff I've seen lately...