Update: Almost there! and Director for a Day reveals!
Batten down the hatches! The Yacht Club is working 24/7 to get Shovel Knight wrapped up and out the door for you lovely lovelies for our impending release this winter (soon, not the end of the year)! We’re getting more delirious as each moment of crunch passes, but that’s perfect because we’re in the midst of the final push for fun content! Namely:
- Village and NPCs - did you know that Shovel Knight is going to have a village in it? What mysterious or hilarious things could happen there?
- final map layout - what is the order that everything unlocks?
- bonus areas - between stages, you deserve to run around and dig up treasure in a low-stress environment. we’re making those!
- final ending sequence - how should the credits scroll? how long should we hold that shot for maximum emotional impact? we’re talking a high level of done-ness here.
This is going to be an insane year full of Shovel Knight releases, updates, and love. And look… boxes and boxes containing boxes for all of the reward stuff arrived! ITS HAPPENING!
Director for a Day Characters!
Anyway, without further ado, let us introduce our new characters created with our directors for a day! Our gracious benefactors turned tyrannical designers for but the briefest of moments! We talked over the design of each of their concepts, sketched art, figured out battles and patterns, pixeled, iterated, and had a generally amazing time. There’s still polish to do and tweaks to make, but we couldn’t resist sharing these iIllustrations and sprites! A million thanks to our collaborators… here is the result!
Director: Max VanDuyne
From the shadows of the Enchantress’ lair, the Liquid samurai takes form. Beginning as inert blobs of liquid, these fierce combatants leap around the room, transforming and slashing in a whirlwind of confusion. Combining agility with maneuverability, the liquid samurai is skilled in both ranged and melee weapons. Take heed!
Director: Danny D. Henderson Jr Aka 'Seizui'
A group of evil knights is terrorizing the countryside? Reize Seatlan is on the scene! This plucky young adventurer travels the land, helping people in need and following his own invented Knight’s Vows. But which of these knights are good, and which ones are bad? Reize is a bit naive but always well-intentioned, and we’re excited to see how his twin crystal boomerangs fare against the ShovelBlade.
Directors: Matt & Woolie from Two Best Friends Play
The storm is coming…. With a fearsome rope whip and the toughest-looking armor around, one might think that the traveling warrior Baz would be a shoe-in to join up with the Order of No Quarter. Imagine his surprise when he was rejected! He now roams the land, taking out his anger on passersby. Could he ever prove himself strong enough to earn the title of “Baz Knight”?
Director: Steven Ness
A lone warrior, Phantom Striker appears to those that he deems worthy of challenging him. Light on his feet and wielding a rapier, this enigmatic fighter also controls the power of lightning! Always in search of an honorable battle, Phantom Striker may reward those who fare well against his cyclonic charge.
Director: Alexander "Hatman" Hatzikides
Mr. Hat is obsessed with hats, but for good reason! For although he wears a helmet, each hat that he places atop his head gives him the powers of that hat’s owner! Mr. Hat can switch from a charismatic foppish dandy to military genius in a moment, and he takes great pride in his varied fighting styles. Lately, though, there have been rumblings of an even greater warrior who wields a ShovelBlade; one with a wonderfully blue, horned helmet...
That’s it for today, everyone. Look forward to lots of new information very soon!