Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Showdown Release Dates Revealed

Yacht Club Games, the fine folks responsible for the charming indie game Shovel Knight, recently hosted their own Nintendo Direct-style presentation to showcase Shovel Knight’s final content update. We got new trailers for both Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown but most importantly, both games got a final release window of December 2019.

You can watch the entire ‘Yacht Club Games Presents’ video below:


The presentation opened with a brand new trailer for King of Cards, giving us another glimpse at King Knight’s flamboyant style of gameplay and the jolly card game Joustus. While this royal adventure certainly looks like a grand old time, details about Shovel Knight Showdown really made an impression. Trailer footage of the game’s single-player campaign and explosive multiplayer battles lit up the screen, casting aside any doubts that this game would merely be a gimmicky spin-off. With promises of even more new characters and stages to be revealed over the coming months, Showdown is shaping up to be a fighting game that’s brimming with content and personality.

There were also some physical goodies on display. Some snazzy Amiibos for Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight were shown off as a means to unlock additional challenge rooms and a unique in-game costume for each respective character. Plus Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels, Shovel Knight’s official board game, got some screen time to flaunt its unique side-scrolling design. The game’s Kickstarter has already been funded, but there are still some stretch goals to earn before the campaign ends in just over a weeks time.

A final surprise concluded the presentation: the announcement of Shovel Knight Dig, a 2D downward dungeon crawler that’s being developed by Nitrome and Yacht Club Games. Neither a release date, nor a platform were given for this title, but the trailer made it look like a bite-sized way to get a quick Shovel Knight fix.

Though some may be disappointed that King of Cards wasn’t shadow-dropped today, it’s been proven that while Yacht Club Games take their time, a quality product is always on the horizon. We’ve waited two years for Shovel Knight’s last content update, a few more months won’t hurt.

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