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Update #11: Virt Live Stream, Avatars, and Reddit AMA!

Posted by Yacht Club Games (Creator)

Virt Alert! Jake Kaufman Livestream Tonight!!

Jake Kaufman is composing LIVE tonight: Friday at 5PM Pacific Time. After announcing Manami Matsumae’s involvement, we’re all doubly excited for Shovel Knight’s musicality, so it should be like a square wave fever dream:

We don’t even know what to expect! In the meantime, check out Virt's awesome level select theme ( listed below! ). Describes working with Manami Matsumae

Many have asked how Manami Matsume will be working with Yacht Club Games for Shovel Knight. Welp, our friends over at have written up an article describing the process. Check it out!

New Game Plus+ Unlocked!

Dig dig dig, dig right to new adventures, Shovel Knight! This time he’s broken new ground+. Expect to boot up a new, tougher version of the game after you beat Shovel Knight, keeping all your gear and upgrades! And hey, maybe we’ll squeeze in a few OTHER differences on the new game+ runthrough. Master quest?! Who’s with us!

Next up is a playable boss knight. Let’s keep excavating!!

Avatar Packs

Do you want to rep Shovel Knight on forums everywhere? Well, now you can, with our Official Shovel Knight Avatar and Signature Pack! Scope ‘em and post ‘em! Some of them are animaaaaaated!

Grab it here:

Reddit AMA on Monday!!

AMA stands for ask me anything: It's an open Q and A session on Reddit! You can see the previous ones here:

We’ve been answering questions on our live stream related to Shovel Knight, but wouldn’t you rather take your time, crafting the perfectly worded question for all the Reddit world to see? Well, now you have the chance! Starting Monday, 4/8, at 1PM EST/10AM PST, we will be doing a Reddit AMA, and it will last as long as people are willing to listen to our answers. Ask us anything....who our high school sweethearts were, tales from the game dev world, why we’re begging for your money on Kickstarter, should you add oregano to your secret pasta sauce, what is it like to start a company, etc!! It’s going to be a ton of fun; join us and tell all your friends to bombard us with their wildest questions!

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    1. mousewings

      Love the Plague Knight avatars. Thanks!

    2. Runcycle Media on

      With a Trowel, not a towel! You know, those mini shovels. Your mind is obviously focused on naughty things and NOT shovels.

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      Bradson Goldie on

      That line of avatars is awesome. If it was slightly bigger I would make it my banner on Facebook.

    4. Michael Robert Thurman on

      A couple of questions! Is there anyway the backers could get the ability to play the demo from PAX, after the funding period is over? Please! We are dying here! Second, I'm leaving for an LDS mission to Argentina for two years, starting in July. Will I still be able to use the code I get for the Wii U version of the game when I get back? Hope to hear from you soon!

    5. Lusso on

      Congratulation for all your work !! Your enthousiasm for this game is amazing and contagious !

    6. Yacht Club Games Creator on

      @Johnny Vila: you are sooo welcome!
      @Trevor: it's comng!
      @Drew Newman: You're welcome! Having shovel knight in just a towel would probably up our EXRB rating...
      @Stephen Staver: Awesome! Stay that way till the game comes out!!!
      @Shawn Drape: Don't give up hope, we may do another update with animated ones later!
      @Tabari Durham: you are so totally welcome!
      @Sadie: looking good!
      @Bomo - Ogre King of the Obsidian Order: Isn't it aewsome!!!!
      @Michael Wootton:We are super excited that you think so! I can't wait to see all you shovel heads in the WiiU Miiverse!
      @Luis Henrique da Costa: We totally agree! I hope we can deliver!
      @Dan Glover: Wow! We won't let you down!

    7. Dan Glover on

      Love the music. This is the 3DS game I am most looking forward to this year.

    8. Henrique on

      I'm loving the excitement oozing from everyone in this kickstarter, if Yacht Club Games manages to keep this passion throughout the development of the game I'm sure it will turn out amazing!

    9. Michael Wootton on

      So excited about the music, and congrats on the quick rise to 100k!! Yay for New Game+!!! Upped my pledge to grab another copy so I won't have to choose between 3DS/WiiU. Can't wait to see how this Kickstarter will end, seeing all the increased publicity is really fun. All the best to the Shovel Knight team, and thanks for the awesome avatars!!

    10. Chris Ellis on

      Love dat music!

    11. Sadie on

      Very cool avatar packs, thanks! Better go fancy up my Kickstarter avatar with a debonair Propeller Knight.

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      Tabari Durham on

      Congratulations on another stretch goal reached! I will follow you guys to the ends of the Earth! Another great job done with live streaming and fan involvement Yacht Club Games! Thanks for giving us the fans, what we want! That's all for now!

    13. Shawn Drape on

      I got insanely excited by the idea of an animated avatar I could use on Twitter or Google+. To find that only the banners are animated is a little disappointing :(

    14. Runcycle Media on

      Congrats on Game+!!! More work for you all to make us happy! Thank you for making this addition to the game a possibility! I mentioned earlier how Parasite Eve II's additional game modes extended the life of that game for me ten fold. Unlockable gear or items based on how well you completed the main quest will drive players to seek perfection. Unlockable and more difficult game modes will drive us insane. You're going to make us go through the campaign with a trowel aren't you?

    15. Trevor on

      Nice work on the avatars! But... Where's the animated Propeller Rat avatar?!

    16. Johnny Vila on

      Yesssss! Thanks for the Avatar Packs. :D