Ahead of the Nintendo Switch presentation tomorrow night, Yacht Club Games has announced that it will be bringing Shovel Knight to Nintendo's new platform. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment are Switch-bound already. What is Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, you may wonder?
Soon all of the various Shovel Knight games will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC/Mac/Linux, and Nintendo Switch as standalone games. The first Shovel Knight becomes Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope to differentiate it, but there's also Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, the upcoming Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, and the Shovel Knight games planned for 2017: Shovel Knight: King Knight's Campaign and the 4-player Shovel Knight: Battle Mode.
"Why is this happening? Well, we hope providing less expensive standalone versions will provide better entry points for different types of players! Also, players can more easily grab an adventure (or Battle Mode) on another platform!" explained Yacht Club.
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is everything in a single package. If you already own Shovel Knight, you still get all of the games for free. (The exception is Battle Mode, which is local-play only, so it won't be coming to Vita or 3DS.) Your current copy of Shovel Knight will be updated to Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove automatically. While the standalone versions will be cheaper than the current price of Shovel Knight ($14.99), the price of Treasure Trove will actually go up this Spring to reflect the additional content.
Yacht Club also outlined some other additions to the overall Shovel Knight package. Two player local cooperative play is coming to all platforms except 3DS and Vita. Body Swap mode, which switches the genders of the entire cast is coming to the game with the launch of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment.
The developer also hinted at work on a new project outside of Shovel Knight breaking ground this year.
"But if you want something new outside of Shovel Knight...we have vowed to begin work on a new project this year!" said Yacht Club in the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove FAQ.