Yacht Club Games is finished with Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, but they're apparently far from finished with the character.
Sean Velasco, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove's director, and artist Sandy Gordon are the guests on the latest episode of the Nintendo Power Podcast, where they fielded various questions on Shovel Knight from host Chris Slate. Mostly, the interview's a chance for Velasco and Gordon to look back on the long arc of Shovel Knight's history—the Kickstarter, having Shovel Knight become an Amiibo, finally finishing off Treasure Trove—but towards the end, they both confirm that Yacht Club's future plans for Shovel Knight go beyond the recently announced Shovel Knight Dig.
"We hope for many adventures in the future with Shovel Knight, y'know," Gordon tells Slate. "We'll be able to continue making Shovel Knight games for a really long time, and Dig is most likely going to be the next one that comes out."
"We're gonna keep on making Shovel Knight stuff forever and ever and ever," Velasco adds. That's in-line with what Velasco told USgamer last year, before we learned about Shovel Knight Dig.
Whatever Yacht Club's project may be (and regardless of whether it stars our brave Shovel Knight), it's separate from Dig, which Yacht Club is co-developing with UK studio Nitrome. At PAX West 2019, Yacht Club's Alex Faulkner told USG that Dig's vertically scrolling roguelike gameplay is heavily inspired by Downwell. "It's not Shovel Knight 2 and it's not a lame side thing," said Faulkner.
In September, Yacht Club's COO James Chan said the team was ready to wrap up Treasure Trove and start on a new internal project, but that they weren't "quite sure what it is yet." Yacht Club still hasn't revealed any concrete details about its next game, but its website currently lists a few open jobs for 3D artists, programmers, and designers.
While Velasco and Gordon couldn't offer an update on when either Shovel Knight Dig or Yacht Club's next game might be released, they did provide two new cheat codes for Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which is a pretty perfect offering for a Nintendo Power guest appearance.