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Plague of Shadows: Crafting Perfect Mechanics

Gather around, fellow scientists! Let’s talk about Plague of Shadows, the free update to Shovel Knight where you play as Plague Knight on his own adventure! Making games can be a winding road and we wanted to talk about where our travels have taken us while we put together the latest campaign. If you haven’t yet read about the mobility changes that went into Plague Knight, be sure to check out our previous articles.


Shovel Knight International Status!

Hello again! We talked for a bit previously about Our Plans For Releasing Shovel Knight In Additional Regions. Let’s go into more detail about what we’re at work on and what steps await us! A lot of these steps might not be new information for many of you out there, but I hope it can help clarify where we’re at in the process. Releasing the game in these regions is our topmost priority right now. We’re sorry that this delay has even occurred!

Note that some of these details may be specific to Shovel Knight! These steps can occur in different orders or in parallel depending on a game’s development cycle and all projects can face unique challenges. Also this status is only for the release of Shovel Knight on the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS since the PC version is already available worldwide. Alright, here we go!

Update: November 5th, 2014: Shovel Knight is out now, right this very moment, in Europe and Australia for the Wii U and 3DS!! Reade more here.

Update: October 14th, 2014: Believe it or not, we can finally confirm that Shovel Knight will be releasing in Europe and Australia in November for the Wii U and 3DS!! Reade more here.

Update: September 19th, 2014 : Final Testing has drawn to a close! We’ll be shipping up and shipping it out the door! If no unforeseen issues arise, then a solid release date will be coming into focus soon!

Update: September 4th, 2014 : Shovel Knight has received a “PG” rating from the Australian Classification board! Thank you to everyone involved there as well as the incredibly helpful staff at Nintendo Australia!

Update: July 31st, 2014 : With localization in hand, the European region is one step closer!


The Story So Far…

An active blue flame checkpoint means that step is done!


Digger’s Diary Detailed!

Shovel Knight is a game being initially released on 3 platforms: Nintendo Wii U, 3DS, and PC (Steam, Humble Store). Creating a new version of Shovel Knight isn’t as easy as pressing a button; taking on a new platform is no simple feat! Each new device brings new specs, controls, quirks, expectations, and features which need to be considered across the game. We don’t just want our game to run on the system, we want it to feel at home there too! So…when it came time to develop Shovel Knight on Wii U, we were already brainstorming about the wild world of Miiverse!