Yacht Club Games, developer of last year’s Shovel Knight, gave some details on the game’s future in the last couple days. I’m going to run down everything I’ve compiled so far. There’s a lot of stuff to cover for multiple platforms, so you’re bound to get some info for the game on whatever platform you choose to play it on.
First, an add-on that was promised as a stretch goal for Shovel Knight’s Kickstarter campaign, titled Plague of Shadows, is going to be available during the second quarter of 2015. The add-on allows you to play as Plague Knight, one of the enemies you face in the Shovel Knight campaign. He plays differently the titular Shovel Knight, as he uses alchemy and explosives as his weapons of choice instead of…shovel.
Plague of Shadows also includes a crafting system that lets you turn the treasure you find into equipment and power ups and will have new objectives, new enemies, new boss fights, and both new and redesigned areas with different paths to take. Best of all, Plague of Shadows is a free expansion, so whether you have it PC, Mac, Linux, Wii U, 3DS, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Vita, or Xbox One, you’l be able to play this when it releases.
Next, when Shovel Knight comes to the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and Vita on April 21st, you’re going to get some serious value. Shovel Knight is going to be not only cross-save across all three platforms but also cross-buy! Yup, so you buy the game once and you own it on all three consoles! Hear that, Nintendo?
Shovel Knight’s Playstation debut is getting some other features that vary in levels of interest (I’ll let you decide on those levels). There’s going to be, as Yacht Club Games puts it, “PS4 Light Bar excitement” and some use of the Vita rear touchpad. While neither of these is that big of a deal (so much for letting you decide), I think the biggest addition is the appearance of Kratos from the God of War series. Not just simply a cameo, Shovel Knight will go toe-to-toe with always-angry Kratos.
Yes, the infamous brawling toads that tried so hard to be the Ninja Turtles are making an appearance in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight. No official word in what capacity the Battletoads will play in the game, but it only continues the teasing of a reboot of the Battletoads franchise.
In November of 2014, Microsoft renewed the trademark on the series. In January, Xbox boss Phil Spencer wore a Battletoads t-shirt during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event. Afterwards, when asked about it, he said, “I don’t think I’ve ever worn a t-shirt that’s been a complete head-fake. I wouldn’t do that.”
So there you have it, if the ‘Toads were your thing back in the day, then there might be something for you to look forward to. If all this teasing is only for their appearance in Shovel Knight, then I guess you’ll always have that. At least they’ll finally appear in a game that can be qualified as “fun.”
Check out the trailer below, courtesy of GameSpot.
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