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Update #38

Alpha! Web Site! Trailer! and more!

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Shovel Knight Unearths Alpha

We hit alpha this week! Wooo! While this is exciting news for us, lots of people were left scratching their heads… what exactly is an Alpha, you ask?

That answer changes a lot depending on the studio, but for us it means we have first pass completion of all content in the game. All features are implemented. All levels are playable. All bosses are fightable. All items are gettable! Everything is there. You can play the entire game from front to back. It’s all real!

The next step is heading towards beta. For us, beta means we will have all of that content finished, and the only outstanding issues in the game will be fixing small bugs and issues that remain. In the remaining weeks, our time will be spent doing playthroughs, playtesting, balance, iteration, polish, dialog, localization, testing, certification...exciting stuff. The polish that happens now is one of the most important phases of development!

And if you’re wondering why it took so long, let’s just say the game got a lot bigger than we originally intended, and we think everyone will be happy with that! To celebrate this achievement, we created a NEW TRAILER...but you can’t see it here...keep reading...

The new www.yachtclubgames.com is up!

 Did you ever look at our web site and think it was a little… lacking? Maybe it was ironically bad, and we needed some spinning skull gifs or a harsher color scheme to really make your eyes hurt. Yeah, we knew it wasn’t so great…

Well, bleed from your eyes no more! We have totally retooled our web site into a destination for all things Yacht Club and Shovel Knight related! Videos, news, streaming schedules, character spotlights, insight into our design process, blogs about games, and general video game love will all be present here. We have a few posts already up there to start us off! So come on! Visit the new site! We'll be mirroring all of our Kickstarter updates here, as well as lots of other fun stuff.

www.yachtclubgames.com

NEW TRAILER!!

A moment of great excitement has occurred. To see the new trailer, go to our blog post about it!

http://yachtclubgames.com/2014/01/new-trailer/

Shovel Knight is the Cover of Nintendo Force!

What’s Nintendo Force? It’s a really cool magazine dedicated to all things Nintendo! If you remember Nintendo Power, this is like the spiritual successor, with many well-known contributors. We’re honored to grace the cover!

WOW! Check out this awesome cover art Erin did. Every main character in the game, lovingly rendered on a full two-page spread! NF hasn’t revealed the whole piece yet, so we have to keep the rest a secret for now. Inside the mag is an interview and preview, more cool art, and some new surprises too! It’s chock full of juicy SK info. Read more about it here:

http://yachtclubgames.com/2014/01/nintendo-force-cover/

Humble Store Survey Transfers Begin!

Remember when you filled out that Shovel Knight Kickstarter Survey? Good times...good times. Well, starting today we will begin transferring all of the digital delivery only information to the Humble Store datacenters in preparation for the game’s launch. We posted some information about the specifics of Humble Store before, but we’ve made some updates so that we’re all on the same page:

I received an email from Humble Store! Does that mean I can download the game? I can’t seem to find it!

  • The game is not ready yet! Humble Store emails will be sent out before the game has officially released. This will allow you to do a few things:
  • Confirm your email address, platform choice, and reward tier
  • Download digital rewards (instruction manual, etc) as they become available
  • Setup a Humble Store account so that you can log in later (optional)

How will the Humble Store work?

  • The email that you provided in the survey will be the email used to redeem the game through the Humble Store.
  • Once we have uploaded the Shovel Knight game to the Humble Store, we will send a message to the applicable reward tiers with a link that you can use to redeem Shovel Knight through the Humble Store. The same goes for digital rewards.
  • If you requested a Steam Code, we will send a link to codes which can be used to redeem Shovel Knight on Steam.
  • If you requested a 3DS or Wii U version, we will send a link to codes which can be used to redeem Shovel Knight on the Nintendo eShop. If you requested a 3DS or Wii U version, you will be able to select your console’s region at time of code redemption. We are doing everything we can to keep the release dates as close as possible, but it is possible that different regions will be released on different days. In this case, additional regions will be selectable once Shovel Knight becomes available on that region’s eShop.
  • The PC, Mac, and Linux versions will all eventually be available for direct download, DRM-free, via the Humble Store as they are released.
  • Future updates to Shovel Knight can be downloaded through the Humble Store as they are released for PC, Mac and Linux. Steam, 3DS and Wii U will have updates delivered through that platform’s usual update method.

We chose to partner with the Humble Store for several important reasons:

  • They are genuinely great people! They were super helpful and very flexible with us, which was a huge help when considering how to distribute Kickstarter reward downloads. They also wear some spiffy t-shirts.
  • Easy and consistent distribution; a better experience than we could otherwise provide on our own.
  • Unified Kickstarter distribution + direct orders = saves us a lot of time that we can spend on the game instead. Ability to provide all of the info / downloads for all platforms in one place.

Humble Store Accounts:

If you don’t already have a Humble Store account, you can create one here: https://www.humblebundle.com/signup This is not required, but we do recommend it.

Email Matching (IMPORTANT!)

If you do already have a Humble Store account, your Humble Store account email MUST be the “Email for game delivery” that you entered in your survey, otherwise you will not be able to add Shovel Knight to your Humble Library.

What if they don’t match?

Humble Store members can make any changes should something be incorrect, so fret not; just send us an email explaining what needs to change: contact@humblebundle.com

I still have some questions about Humble Store!

The folks at Humble Bundle are around to help with all sorts of questions regarding their site. Send an email on over to contact@humblebundle.com to sort out any details.

I still have some questions!

We’ve been furiously working on the game, day in and day out, but are always happy to take an email break! Get in touch at kickstarter@yachtclubgames.com and we’ll do what we can to help!

David Ardito, Matt Lohkamp, and 41 more people like this update.

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      Creator Yacht Club Games on March 23

      @Kasey Theodore Egan: Just sent you a message about this, sorry for the delay!

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      Creator Kasey Theodore Egan on February 7

      I missed out on my chance to fill out the survey. Is there another way I could get one in to collect my copy?

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      Creator Yacht Club Games on January 27

      @Phillip Hansen: It's as solid as we can make it, since we don't have total control over all aspects of the different distribution platforms. HOWEVER, we'll do everything in our power to make sure it comes out ON March 31st!

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      Creator Phillip Hansen on January 27

      Yes! I'm just curious though (But I think I've said that every time. :x), but is March 31st just a placeholder date, or is it the exact date of launch? ;3

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      Creator Yacht Club Games on January 24

      @Seizui: Thanks! And thanks for doing your part to help get us there!
      @Duncan: That WOULD be an epic level to have at the end....!

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      Creator Duncan on January 23

      Okay, I'm loving the new trailer music- epic.
      (I get the feeling the one stage with the green background near the end is the Enchantress's level. The rain and bridge make it look appropriately climactic, and if it's bringing back the shadow mechanic from earlier in the game, I'm getting a "final exam" vibe from it...)
      This looks amazing- I can't wait!

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      Creator Seizui on January 23

      Congratulations, guys! Your trailer was awesome to view. Will definitely be excited to play once it comes out, provided work is not kicking my butt.

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      Creator Yacht Club Games on January 23

      @Chris Aaron: Thanks! We won't let you down!
      @Lightford: Send us a PM and we'll get you sorted.
      @Jared Katz: Those will come later as free updates!
      @Ryan Hicks: Sorry, for the confusion! Lately that word has come to mean something much different than it's initial definition. This isn't a public alpha(where a game is made public for the purposes of playtesting), it's just a milestone in our development cycle. Next is Beta (game is done, but bugs still exist) and finally GMC (Gold Master Candidate: game is submitted to distributors for approvals).
      @Princess Erimemushinteperem: Hopefully soon, but those are planned as an update later this year. The earliest you would see those would likely be after our initial launch!
      @Joel Hobbs: I know I'm pumped! haha
      @Randy Jimenez: Check out my response to Ryan to answer your first question. Your humble Profile may take some time to be updated as we are still working on things in the backend. Expect an update on that soon!
      @Daniel Yow: I think I misunderstood the initial question! Feel free to make videos with footage of Shovel Knight gameplay/audio! The more people hear about it the better!
      @giga-ganon: you'll be able to rebind any controller you'd like to play shovel knight with!
      @Wayne Griffin: Huzzah!
      @Kevin Gildehaus: Glad you like the new website. This one was made by a real professional!

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      Creator Kevin Gildehaus on January 23

      Much better website for you guys! The old one really was bad...
      Glad to hear the game is coming along nicely. Know y'all have been taking your time, but I know it'll be worth it!

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      Creator Wayne Griffin on January 23

      Congratulations! This is very exciting news, and it's nice to have an actual release date. That trailer is epic! I love the new song; I am so glad I opted for the soundtrack tier. Shovel Knight arrives on March 31! Huzzah!

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      Creator giga-ganon on January 23

      @yachtclubgames
      Does the game support other controller than xbox? Is it direct input?

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      Creator Daniel Yow on January 23

      Thanks. I'll be talking about it in the video. No footage however, since YouTube is still ripping videos apart with its ContentID system.

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      Creator Randy Jimenez on January 22

      Is the alpha open for all tiers? Also, should this already be appearing in our Humble profile or does that come later?

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      Creator Joel Hobbs on January 22

      If that trailer doesn't pump you up, I don't know if you'll ever be pumped.

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      Creator Princess Erimemushinteperem on January 22

      Here's hoping we'll be able to see the gender swap art assets soon! =)

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      Creator Ryan Hicks on January 22

      so does everyone get into the alpha?!

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      Creator Jared Katz on January 22

      Are the extra modes like Challenge Mode and Battle Mode are not going to be ready for launch or will come later as DLC?

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      Creator Lightford on January 22

      I was wondering if at all possible, we can change the email on here to be sent to another email instead? I have one main Humble Bundle account, and the email I provided on her back in July is not the same email. Is it possible to get it changed?

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      Creator Chris Aaron on January 22

      I've been waiting so long to play Shovel Knight again and every update makes me even more excited for it! This new trailer is so damn awesome and the game looks so beautiful. Keep up the great work!

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      Creator Yacht Club Games on January 22

      @BladedFalcon: Thanks! Alpha is such a big step and it feels great to know that we are on the home stretch!
      @Jason: So are we!!!!
      @Tyler Head: Yup! 3DS, WiiU, Steam are all simultaneously releasing as far as we are concerned!
      @Martin Bergman: Check out a sample of it here!!!!: http://yachtclubgames.com/2014/01/trailer-music-and-hd-60-fps-video/
      @Jordan Hall: The Shovel Blade is within your grasp!
      @Justin Holmes: Give your WiiU a high five from us!
      @Kyle Dumouchelle: Thanks! we updated it!
      @Zombie_Socks_96: Whoa whoa WHOA! it's ok, take deep breaths, it'll be out soon. No need to attack an oncoming vehicle for no reason!
      @Jesse Dylan Watson: Totally normal! The emails aren't out yet but will be soon. It will, in fact take a little time!
      @paughthead: w00t yourself! Don't worry paught, streams will start up again. Probably tomorrow, in fact!
      @César Roberto López Rubio: Good! Gotta train for that level of shovelling!
      @Daniel Yow: Clicking on the new trailer and telling everyone in the world about it will do nicely!
      @Justin: Also check out the trailer at 60 FPS!!!: http://yachtclubgames.com/2014/01/trailer-music-and-hd-60-fps-video/

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      Creator Justin on January 22

      @Daniel - You mean other than the new trailer?

      Btw, here's a better trailer link for those that don't know how to go full window:

      www.youtube.com/v/6zddBfV3fpM

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      Creator Daniel Yow on January 22

      I am absolutely promoting this game on the 3DS. Is there by any chance a proper way to promote it using YouTube medium?

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      Creator Zombie_Socks_96 on January 22

      Jesse, don't forget to check your spam folder as well. When my code for Broken Age got sent out, that is where it ended up, not sure why considering every other email made it through just fine, but yeah, just a heads up.

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      Creator César Roberto López Rubio on January 22

      My body and my 3DS are ready fot it :D

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      Creator Justin on January 22

      @Jesse - Over 14 THOUSAND emails...give it some time.

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      Creator paughthead on January 22

      w00t!

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      Creator Jesse Dylan Watson on January 22

      I haven't gotten the Humble Store e-mail yet. Is that normal, or have I missed something important?

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      Creator Zombie_Socks_96 on January 22

      March 31, why you so far away? I need you! I CANT WAIT ANYMORE! *jumps into traffic*

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      Creator Kyle Dumouchelle on January 22

      "New Website!
      By: Yacht Club Games on January 21, 2013"

      I think you might want to double check what date your clock, or however the site determines time, is fixed.

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      Creator Justin Holmes on January 22

      Me and my Wii U are so excited for this!

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      Creator Jordan Hall on January 22

      Yes, yes, yes! I am very excited for this, and March doesn't seem so far away. I'm counting down down the days until I can wield a shovel to fend off the forces of evil!

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      Creator Martin Bergman on January 22

      Dat music in trailer #2. Can't wait for the soundtrack

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      Creator Tyler Head on January 22

      Is 3DS version launching day 1?

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      Creator Jason on January 22

      I'm soooo pumped for this.

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      Creator BladedFalcon on January 22

      Holy crap! HUGE update! and an awesome one to boot! Congratulations on reaching Alpha guys! :D

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