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Shovel Knight’s final two expansions conclude the series next spring

Shovel Knight gets one more story campaign and a fighting game

Shovel Knight Showdown versus screen
A screen from the fighting game Shovel Knight Showdown, the final release in the series.
Yacht Club Games

After almost five years, Shovel Knight’s story is coming to an end. Yacht Club Games announced that the long-awaited King of Cards expansion, as well as the recently revealed Shovel Knight Showdown, will launch next spring to complete the game’s story.

Both Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown are due on April 9, 2019, with several options for buyers. If you’ve already got the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove package, these campaigns will come to you as free downloads; you can also purchase each one for $9.99. But if you’ve been holding out to own the entire Shovel Knight saga in one set, Yacht Club Games is releasing a complete physical edition day-and-date with the expansions.

The Shovel Knight journey has been an especially long one. The 8-bit-style platformer first launched in June 2014, soon becoming emblematic of the growing retro revival trend. Numerous expansions followed in the years since, including story campaigns made to extend upon the adventure through the Tower of Fate. King of Cards, first announced in 2017 for a 2018 release, is the fourth and final campaign in the series, a prequel starring King Knight on his quest to become ... well, king.

Meanwhile, Shovel Knight Showdown is a different kind of DLC altogether. It’s a multiplayer fighting game that allows players to compete locally, assuming the roles of different Knights. Players can purchase Showdown on its own as well; and per tradition, there is a Story Mode, albeit one filled with minigames and homages to the previous games in the series.

The complete Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove set will retail for $39.99. For anyone looking to buy them separately, note that King of Cards will be available on every platform Shovel Knight is currently out for: Amazon Fire TV, Linux, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Switch, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox One. Meanwhile, Shovel Knight Showdown will launch only on PC and consoles. That means you can still grab it for your ol’ PS4 and Wii U, at least.

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