My amiibo senses are tingling!!! Something big is happening! What could it be?!
From the outset of development on Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment we had a couple of concrete goals and ideas. We wanted to go bigger and better than our previous effort, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, and make Specter’s campaign even more unique and varied. We wanted to tell a more serious story with some creepier overtones. Most of all, we wanted to center the game around a truly cool character. Specter Knight was always supposed to be a “tragic but awesome” kind of guy, and we wanted to drive the point home every way we could. When crafting Specter Knight’s mobility, embodying these themes was most important.
Impressions from Plague of Shadows itself was also a huge influence on Specter of Torment! Reception to the alchemist’s maniacal moves… well, they certainly got a reaction! Some people hated how Plague Knight flew all over the place (usually into a pit!), while many warmed up to the explosive trickster after some practice. At Yacht Club, we love the subtlety and possibilities found in Plague Knight’s crazy mobility set, but we saw a lot of frustration too. For Specter Knight, we resolved to create more streamlined and intuitive controls with a lower execution barrier- a playstyle that was in between steadfast Shovel Knight and frantic Plague Knight.
Hey there Specteracular artists!
It’s been a little over a week since our art contest wrapped up, and we had to critique over 500 entries! We were blown away by the quality, creativity, and variety of all the artwork…even the art mediums were diverse! We received entries ranging from digital renditions of scenes from Specter of Torment to 3D character models, game mods, clay figurines, paintings, and even a cake!
It was a really difficult decision for the team considering all of the amazing entries we had, but we finally have the winners of our Specter of Torment Art contest! Warning! Spoilers ahead for all things Specter of Torment! Proceed with caution if you haven’t yet played the latest Shovel Knight adventure!