Since 2013, Yacht Club Games has been dutifully plugging away at Shovel Knight content. With additional Plague Knight and Specter Knight campaigns already included in the complete Treasure Trove package, all that's left is a campaign for King Knight and a new multiplayer mode. Finally, Yacht Club has announced a release date for these last two Treasure Trove additions: December 10.
Let the countdown begin! Shovel Knight Showdown and King of Cards arrive December 10th. Read on to find out where you can play our latest and greatest adventures! https://t.co/2pagsMUYFW pic.twitter.com/vVgihipbFj— Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) November 13, 2019
So, in just under a month's time, owners of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on most platforms will receive two free updates: the King of Cards single-player campaign and Shovel Knight Showdown, a four-player local multiplayer arena battler. Way, way back when the Kickstarter for Shovel Knight was active, these and the previous free campaign updates were put up as stretch goals—once they're done, Yacht Club will consider Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove to be complete and move on to a new, unannounced project.
All owners of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove—including people who bought the original Shovel Knight before Treasure Trove's 2017 debut—will receive both King of Cards and Showdown except for players on 3DS and Vita, which will only receive King of Cards.
Also coming on December 10 are physical releases of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove for consoles and some new Shovel Knight amiibo. The PlayStation 4 physical release has been delayed to early 2020, but the Switch and Xbox One copies will make the date-each version retails for $39.99 USD. An amiibo 3-pack with Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight will unlock new costumes for their respective characters in the 3DS, Wii U, and Switch versions of Treasure Trove, while a new Gold Edition recolor of the Shovel Knight amiibo will unlock all the same features as the original variant did.
Though the release of Showdown and King of Cards brings development on Treasure Trove to an end, there's more Shovel Knight to come in the future. In August, Yacht Club Games and Nitrome announced Shovel Knight Dig, a Downwell-inspired vertically scrolling roguelike game.