As King of Cards and Showdown finally arrive.
If for some reason (forgetfulness, inexplicable dislike of excellent retro platformers) you’ve still yet to snag Shovel Knight’s Treasure Trove edition, developer Yacht Club Games has warned that it’s getting a significant price bump tomorrow, 10th December.
At present, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove costs around 18.99/$24.99 USD (with prices fluctuating depending on platform), and already offers some top-tier value. Currently, it includes the original Shovel Knight game, Shovel of Hope, plus its two following episodes Plague of Shadows and Spectre of Torment – both of which introduce new protagonists with their own distinct abilities, radically altering the core platforming experience.
As of 10th December, however, Yacht Club Games’ long-awaited final two Shovel Knight instalments – King of Cards and Showdown – will be added to the Treasure Trove bundle. The former brings a new protagonist, in the guise of the titular royal, plus the card game Jaustus. Showdown, meanwhile, is a new four-player brawler, making for a bit of a series departure.
Given the imminent swell of content, Yacht Club has announced that Treasure Trove’s price will increase from $24.99 to $39.99 (around 30), meaning those that pick it up now will effectively get five games for the price of three. “Consider it a pre-order discount!”, says the developer.
The arrival of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove’s two final games tomorrow marks the end of a six-year-long chapter for Yacht Club, as it finally delivers the last of the stretch goals promised as part of Shovel Knight’s successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013.
Yacht Club hasn’t yet announced its next, post-Shovel-Knight project, but it has revealed the blue bouncer will return in arcade game Shovel Knight Dig, which is being jointly developed by Yacht Club and Nitrome for release at some currently undisclosed future point.