Shovel Knight Dig to release on Apple Arcade and Nintendo Switch in September

Shovel Knight Dig screenshot with Shield Knight
(Image credit: Yacht Club Games)

What you need to know:

  • Shovel Knight is a video game franchise by the indie developer, Yacht Club Games.
  • One of the games in the Shovel Knight universe, Shovel Knight Dig, was originally slated to release last year, but was delayed.
  • Yacht Club Games recently announced that the game is slated to release on September 23, 2022, on Apple Arcade, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

Shovel Knight is one of the biggest indie sensations in recent years, being a perfect marriage between retro aesthetics and modern platforming. The game was initially pitched on Kickstarter, greatly surpassing its goal and becoming a huge success. After over five years, the developers, Yacht Club Games, finally finished adding Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove's free DLC promised in their initial campaign on Kickstarter. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove ended up having four single-player campaigns, co-op mode, and a multiplayer brawler, each with their own achievements and challenges.

Despite having moved on to new franchises, namely the original IP, Mina the Hollower, Shovel Knight still has some life in it as a franchise. Shovel Knight Dig is a game with a similar art style, with the antagonist being a new character called Drill Knight, who steals Shovel Knight's hard-earned loot. The game is procedurally generated, meaning that each playthrough is a completely new experience.

Initially slated for a 2021 release, Yacht Club Games ended up delaying the game. Fans of the blue knight need not fear, however, as a definitive release date was announced yesterday.

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The game will release on September 23, 2022, for Apple Arcade, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. For Nintendo Switch and Steam players, the game will be $24.99, but Apple Arcade subscribers can access the game alongside dozens of others with their $5 monthly subscription. 

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