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Shovel Knight Entering Alpha Design Stage

by Andy Goergen - January 19, 2014, 11:48 am EST
Total comments: 3 Source: https://twitter.com/yachtclubgames, Twitter

The 8-bit shoveler continues to progress.

Shovel Knight has entered the alpha cycle of development, according to Yacht Club Games. The NES-style action adventure game is planned for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. While no release date has been set, Yacht Club indicated that it would be "Past Winter," adding further that this meant past March/April.

The game was originally pegged for a September 2013 release date, based on the delivery date of the Shovel Knight Kickstarter page. No comment has been given by Yacht Club Games on why the game has been delayed, but given the funds raised for the game more than quadrupled the initial target total, and more and more features were added as stretch goals, one could surmise that the game was pushed back to accommodate things such as playable boss characters, multiple platforms (the game was initially pitched as a PC exclusive) and multiplayer modes.

For more information on Shovel Knight and Yacht Club Games, see the Nintendo World Report interview with the developer from April 2013, while the KIckstarter was underway.


azekeJanuary 20, 2014

I really hate that Kickstarter system.

People get crazy and give lots of money to developers, developers want more money so they promise more, more features, more platforms, more everything and the project gets bigger, balloons and from a little reasonable indie game becomes unmanageable Project Manhattan.

Promising more features while keeping the same deadline is incredibly stupid. You won't miraculously do more work with the same people within the same time period.

Having said all that i still pledged for 3DS version.

jg233January 20, 2014

This looks pretty good, butI doubt I would drop $15 for it.

AilingforaleJanuary 20, 2014

I got to play this at Pax. $15 would be a steal, they'll probably charge $20 and I still think that it's a great deal if you like platformers.

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