Yacht Club is best known for their massively popular retro platformer, Shovel Knight. But the studio hasnt been sitting idly on their success. In a joint project with Nitrome, theyve been developing another game in the Shovel Knight franchise. Announced a good two years ago, Shovel Knight Dig will be a new platformer, with a focus on going down.
Initially planned for a 2021 release, a post on the official dev blog has announced that they need more time, and that they expect to release the game in 2022 instead. Specific dates were not provided.
But to quell community dissatisfaction, they offered a sample of whats to come: one of the upcoming games villains. In Shovel Knight Dig, the protagonists wealth was stolen from a group of underground rivals known as the Hexcavators, led by Drill Knight. In the same blog post, Yacht Club reveals another enemy you will face, called Scrap Knight.
Picker in hand, Scrap Knight sorts worthy valuables for sale and keeps the truly special stuff slung over her shoulder in an enormous bag. She has spent her recent days sifting through the shifting refuse pile known as the Magic Landfill, a sorcerers rubbish heap located deep below the earths surface. The Hexcavators find her useful because she can recover most anything, but Scrap Knight has ideas of her own. Make haste when digging through her mystical junk yard, danger lurks in the clutter!
While technically new, this isnt Scrap Knights first appearance. Shes also the playable character in Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon, a puzzle action mobile game releasing before the end of this year on Switch, PS4 and PC.
Its been a weird few years, we understand why smaller studios might still be experiencing delays. The least we can do is offer our patients while they keep at it.