Showdown is a Surprising New Multiplayer Mode Coming to Shovel Knight

Showdown is a Surprising New Multiplayer Mode Coming to Shovel Knight

A free new mode for existing Treasure Trove owners.

Shovel Knight developers Yacht Club Games announced the final new game mode in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and it's called Shovel Knight Showdown, a local co-op arena fighter. The mode will be available as a free update to all existing versions of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, except for 3DS and Vita.

Actually, Yacht Games announced a 4-player battle mode before as part of Treasure Trove, but until now we haven't seen or heard of it. Shovel Knight Showdown is a local only multiplayer mode that lets up to four players pick their favorite Shovel Knight characters, some for the first time ever, and battle it out in a Smash Bros.-like Arena Fighter. Pick one of 16 playable characters like Shield Knight, Black Knight, Enchantress, or more, and partake in either a one vs. one duel, 4v4 free-for-all, minigames, and even a story mode for each character.

Shovel Knight Showdown Character Select

Each one of the 16 playable characters will get their own story mode complete with a rival, multi-level campaign, minigame breaks, and a final encounter. Players will be able to fight through multiple stages inspired by Shovel Knight locations, along with completely brand-new stages.

IGN has the first gameplay look at Shovel Knight Showdown, so you can check out the video below. Yacht Club is also promising more information in the coming weeks, including a playable demo at PAX West.

Shovel Knight Showdown is part of the Treasure Trove expansion DLC that was released around the same time as the Switch version of Shovel Knight. While all new game modes announced as part of the Treasure Trove will be available as a free update, you can also purchase the DLC separately. No word on release date yet, but we'll keep you updated when we hear something.

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