Shovel knight has become a popular video game in the last year. It was released for PC, Nintendo, Xbox, and Sony Consoles as a download only version for those with an internet connection.
Back in June it was announced that Shovel knight would be re-released as a retail disc version. Shovel Knight was supposed to re-release on disc a few days from now in North American and Europe; However, the Shovel Knight creators, Yacht Club Games, have announced that the game will be delayed until October 30 in Europe and November 4 in North America.
Matt Porter of IGN reports the reason given for the game’s delay and cancellation on Xbox One:
” ‘The final few steps of the Plague of Shadows content took a little longer than expected, but it was important to us that this update to be on the disc/cart right out of the box,’ says the announcement. ‘Unfortunately that meant we had to push back the date just a little a bit.’
In addition, the Xbox One retail version of Shovel Knight has been cancelled for now, due to ‘publishing policies on that platform that are totally beyond our control.’ However, the digital version on Xbox One is still available.”
Other bad news includes a longer release delay for the Playstation Vita and a price increase for all retail versions. Jeffrey Matulef of Eurogamer reported the following:
” ‘The Vita version’s retail release has also been delayed to sometime in 2016. ‘We are still working our hardest to make it possible,’ Yacht Club said. ‘Hang in there a bit longer, and hopefully we can make something happen!’
There’s more bad news: Yacht Club Games decided to raise the retail release’s suggested price from $19.99 (about £13) to $24.99 (about £16). This decision was funded less by greed and more by exposure as several retailers told the studio that shelf space was a limited and that a game under $20 would only be featured in a bargain bin.
‘Some retailers ran into trouble with limited space to show off their wares, and the rules in place about where games with certain prices are displayed,” the studio explained. “We didn’t want our ‘bargain priced’ game to go straight to the bargain bin of obscurity, so we had to raise the price.’ “
Why would they even bother releasing it on disc when it’s already out for download? I think people like to have a boxed version with artwork as a collection piece; also, some people may not have reliable internet access to download it, so they will soon be able to get the disc instead.
Shovel knight was funded through a Kick Starter campaign and gained a lot of funding. This is another example that shows Indie Games are loved by many people.
Shovel knight is so popular that recent rumours suggest the character may become the next fighter introduced in Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo WiiU. Also, Nintendo will release a Shovel knight Amibo toy in the near future.
See the Youtube video review from IGN to find out why Shovel Knight is so great: