Folks who got Shovel Knight when it was first released in 2014 have been treated to several substantial free updates in the years since, but developers Yacht Club are looking to wrap up and move on. The studio's COO James Chan tells GamesIndustry.biz that the King of Cards and Showdown add-ons "will be the end of Shovel Knight," allowing the developers to move on to pre-production for a new game.
Speaking with Matthew Handrahan, Chan referenced Shovel Knight's original Kickstarter campaign from 2013, which crossed its highest stretch goals and led to the five years of free updates to the game's complete Treasure Trove edition. The last two goals, a third playable boss knight and a versus mode starring all the playable characters, are coming in the form of the King of Cards campaign and Showdown in a few months.
"That's it," says Chan. "This will be the wrap up, this will be the end of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, and then it'll be pre-production on the next thing, which we're not quite sure what it is yet."
Chan also shared that Yacht Club has sold 2.65 million copies of Shovel Knight since the game launched. The continued success of Shovel Knight, particularly on the Nintendo Switch, has helped Yacht Club grow its studio to 17 people while working away at these substantial free updates.
In addition to beginning work on a new title, Chan says Yacht Club will be renewing its efforts as a publisher for other indie developers, starting with Mechanical Head Studios' upcoming combat platformer Cyber Shadow.
The end of development on the original Shovel Knight doesn't spell an end for the franchise, as Yacht Club and co-developers Nitrome announced Shovel Knight Dig (think "Shovel Knight Downwell") last month. Shovel Knight's last updates will be released some time in December alongside physical editions of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove for the Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.