After finding plenty of success as a downloadable title, “Shovel Knight” will officially be getting physical copies for Sony’s PlayStation4, Microsoft Xbox One, Windows PC and Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. The physical versions of “Shovel Knight” will come out on October 13 for most of the platforms, while the PC version will come out three days later on October 16, but only for European gamers.
The game’s developer Yacht Club Games, which will now be publishing the game’s physical release as well, made the official announcement, as this is the first time that Yacht Club has published a game for retail release. U&I Entertainment, the same distributor of “The Walking Dead” by Telltale Games, will distribute these newly boxed versions of “Shovel Knight” for the low price of $19.99.
Yacht Club has also released the details for what will be in the physical version of the company’s ridiculously difficult platformer. The boxed version of the game will come with the original “Shovel Knight” campaign and the game’s first update “Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows.” There will also be a challenge mode with over 50 levels for those who felt that the original game wasn’t hard enough for them.
Just like the digital release of the acclaimed indie game, the boxed version will continuously get free “Shovel Knight” DLC as they become available. Yacht has teased what these free updates will be, including new campaigns with Specter Knight and King Knight, along with a brand-new Battle Mode and a humorous Body Swap mode.
A report from Polygon has stated that the original digital release has sold more than 700,000 copies, which shows how the game has grown in popularity. “Shovel Knight” also received flattering reviews, numerous awards and was a constant Game of the Year contender for many critics back in 2014.
It’s not currently known if some of the console exclusive content will be making it to the physical releases of the game, like the “Battle Toads” on the Xbox One version or Kratos from “God of War” in the PlayStation 4 version. Still, considering how many awards the game has given, most fans will probably be happy to hold the game in their hands and finally try out the nostalgia-filled platformer.