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Specter of Torment is the next chapter in Shovel Knight saga

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Become the enemy next spring

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment premiered during The Game Awards 2016, courtesy of a brief trailer from Yacht Club Games. Due out in spring 2017, the game moves the Shovel Knight saga forward — or backward, as it were.

Specter of Torment is a prequel to Shovel Knight, the developer revealed. Instead of the little blue hero, it features the villainous Specter Knight. Players will work to establish the Order of No Quarter, the evil group that fights against Shovel Knight in the main game.

We didn’t get the longest look at Specter of Torment, but it appears to maintain the trademark aesthetic of Shovel Knight. The indie hit won acclaim for its retro-skewing style when it launched in 2013, and its next expansion doesn’t do much to shake things up in that area. That is very much a good thing when it comes to Shovel Knight.

Most recently, Plague of Shadows launched for Shovel Knight owners as a new expansion for the game. It’s available as a free download.