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Update # 9: Achievements.... and PLAGUE KNIGHT!

Posted by Yacht Club Games (Creator)

It’s that time again! Here's the dirt!

Achievement unlocked - Achievements!l!

Shovel Knight continues to plow right through the stretch goals.  This time he’s broken the Achievement barrier.  Our own custom, non-obtrusive achievement system will be integrated into the game; this means ALL releases of the game will feature an achievement system, including 3ds/WiiU which typically don’t support it!  We’ll be striving to make original, creative achievements you’ll actually want to unlock - encouraging you to play the game in new ways you never imagined.  Thanks for all the support everyone!

New Game Plus is next! Let’s do it!!!

Introducing... Plague Knight!

Sometimes, the bomb is mightier than the sword. Deep in the recesses of his alchemical lab, Plague Knight perfects concoctions both poisonous and explosive. Toxin, disease, and death are his playgrounds. Even his comrades give Plague Knight a wide berth, because he spreads more than just the common cold. With an array of mysterious and magical bottles at his side, Plague Knight could be considered the black sheep of The Order of No Quarter.

Pros: Maniacal scientific mind, fearlessness bordering on recklessness

Cons: Physically weak, short stature, shy at parties

A Huge Surprise Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, we are going to announce something crazy. Something that we didn’t believe when we first heard it. Something that we cried over when we found out it was actually true. And we are still reeling in the shock of it. We want to shock you too, so get excited. Tomorrow is a big one.


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      Sean Lane on

      Okay, but there's a medium between easy, and frustrating beyond tedium and life wasting.

      I guess if starting a game 500 times is your thing, go for it without the achievement.

    2. Alex Mak on

      I like tough achievements. It's not achievement if anyone can easily achieve it. Like "U've started game". Should be "U've started game 500 times"!!!

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      Sean Lane on

      I only ask you don't make the achievements too tough. :)

      Also, Plague Knight is such an awesome design. That sprite is just as great as the full blown drawing. Is this the same artist that drew for Mighty Milky Way?

    4. Philip on

      at this point, plague knight would have to be my choice for boss knight, if we get to that point.

    5. Jesse Dylan Watson on

      New game + was the one I wanted most. :) I get excited about each as they come though.

      What we need is a second quest. :) Mirror and rearrange everything! Or something.

    6. kenshin_sp on

      Its just like a street doctor from the past days, AMAZING!!! :D

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      Bradson Goldie on

      Holy crap. His mask is amazing. I love him.

    8. Yacht Club Games Creator on

      @Alejandro del Rio Verduzco: Plague Knight is just the tip of the crazy,cool knights design iceburg
      @Daniel Dentler: If you find out let us know! seriously though, no promises, but we are looking into merchandising!
      @Kyle Dumouchelle: Plague doctor's mask, a witch doctor would probably look a bit more like the bad guy from the Princess and the Frog
      @Ryan Bell: We are just as excited!
      @Sadie: At least you won't have to wait for long! And thanks!
      @Josh Nieves: Hopefully it'll be something you can master after overcoming the difficulty!
      @Stéphane Lemay: Thanks!
      @Michael Wootton: First of all thanks! And I can't wait to see the final product with all this good stuff in it either!
      @Nathan Black: crazy is a good word!
      @Drunken Bear: I'm so glad he fits in!
      @François Potvin Naud: Hint taken ;) He's one of our favs too!
      @Chris Gronlie and William Michael Schneider : We can't wait to blow you away with that news!
      @Myles Hennessy: That would be great, but I think we may need more upvotes!
      @Mohammed Taher: Lol, I bet you are!
      @FuKuy: We gotta take it one step at a time, and while the achievements may be standard they are something we gotta put a lot of effort into adding. A MODing tool would be awesome but adding something like that into the game would require a substantial amount of resources and time. It's definitely not something we'd like to do only half-way; we'd like it to be as polished and well supported as possible. But more importantly, we want to make sure the main game is as strong and focused as we can make it. I hope that's not too disappointing!
      @Mark Winnington: A randomized gender version? That would be really neat. And we are really glad you like Plague Knight as much as us!

    9. Mark Winnington on

      Love the Plague Knight and look forward to his dirty tricks. I have been wanting a Plague Doctor mask for ages - this might finally persuade me. ;) And I'm curious about the big announcement! :D
      Love the stretch goals and hope that we reach the gender-swapped version. I think it's a brilliant idea, at least for the main protagonists/antogonists - there should even be a "randomize" option so it's really fair. ;)

    10. FuKuy on

      We need better stretch goals... achievements are already a standard feature for any game (at least PC/MAC games on STEAM).

      I'm glad for Nintendo users, but... how about a MODing tool to create new levels and integrate this feature into STEAM Workshop? That would be incredible cool!!!!

    11. Mohammed Taher on

      Can't wait for tomorrow's news...

    12. Hunter

      Could it be that you're one of the titles to be announced in next wave of greenlight games coming up!?

    13. William Michael Schneider on

      Sounds great! Cant wait to hear the surprise!

    14. Chris Gronlie on

      Can't wait for tomorrow's news!

    15. François Potvin Naud on

      That knight is so swell, I really hope I'll get to play as him!!! (hint hint)
      Seriously, the plague doctor concept is one of my favorite, even made my own mask some time ago! :D

    16. Ivan Karmanov on

      Plague knight is awesome.
      In Russia there is a comics with a nice villain in costume of Plague Doctor. This mask seems to be a new trend in geek community =)

    17. Nathan Black on

      Hell yeah I'm excited for whatever it is, keep up the crazy stuff!

    18. Michael Wootton on

      Awesome news, many congrats on hitting 90k!! The stretch goals sound so damn fun, I'm really hoping we manage to get them all in the last 10 days. Gender Swap, Playable Boss Knights, New Game +, Challenge Mode, and 4-Player Battle Mode all are way too fantastic sounding to not make their way into the final product!

    19. Stéphane Lemay on

      I've got to agree with the other posters, this is one neat character design!

    20. Josh Nieves on

      I cant wait for this game its been so long since i play something that looks so challenging like ghost and goblins.

    21. Sadie on

      Aw man, how can you leave us in suspense like that?!

      Seriously, though, congrats on blowing past $90k and Plague Knight looks boss.

    22. Ryan Bell on

      Another awesome villain. This is a great update and the anticipation is killing me for the big news.

    23. Kyle Dumouchelle on

      The witch doctor is in.

    24. Daniel Dentler on

      I absolutely love the Plague Knight, such a good design for him!

      :3 Where do I buy the Shovel Knight action figures pls?

    25. BladedFalcon on

      Yay! new Knight! and he looks so awesome! : D I really like how different he looks from the other knights as well! (: