And Shovel Knight Dig is coming next year.
Shovel Knight’s main adventure might be over, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to sproing out of the spotlight just yet; developer Yacht Club Games has now unveiled the spaded-one’s latest spin-off: “puzzle adventure mash-up”, Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon.
Pocket Dungeon, a collaboration between developer Vine and Yacht Club Games, offers a colourful blend of falling-block puzzling and dungeon-crawling – the gist being that Shovel Knight can move freely around each top-down, single-screen stage, and must clear groups of adjacent enemies with a quick spade-thwack in order to progress to the next area.
“Group foes together for massive chain attacks while grabbing keys, power-ups, and potions to refill your health!”, explains Yacht Club, with wrinkles on that core premise arriving in the form of new items, equipment, and boss battles. Additionally, a total of 10 playable heroes from the Shovel Knight universe are promised, each with its own unique power and play style.
Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon, which features a new soundtrack by Jake Kaufman, will include a Story Mode for one daring adventurer, plus a two-player Versus mode focussing on head-to-head competition. There’s no word yet on release platforms or a launch date for Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon, but hopefully Yacht Club will share additional details soon.
Elsewhere, Yacht Club has offered a minor update on its previously revealed other Shovel Knight spin-off, Shovel Knight Dig. The developer says work on this downward digging arcade adventure is going well, and the game is now expected to release sometime next year.