Despite finding itself in the platforming genre, the indie hit Shovel Knight has a lot of publicity in the sphere of fighting games — the game’s eponymous protagonist has been included in several recent fighters, even landing a role as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Shovel Knight’s latest roster position, though, is not as a guest.
Good day, brave shovel fighters! We are very excited today to pull back the curtain and announce Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove’s final game:
Shovel Knight Showdown!
— Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) August 28, 2018
Yacht Club has teased the idea of a “versus mode” for Shovel Knight ever since the 2013 Kickstarter, and after 5 years of updates, DLC content, and even amiibo figures, clashing shovels will finally be possible through Shovel Knight Showdown. There’s no release date as of now, but Yacht Club has graciously opened their floodgates of preview content, showing off a plethora of screenshots:
On top of Yacht Club’s still-image showcasing, IGN chimed in with 10 minutes of gameplay footage:
Yacht Club has also noted that an early demo will be available to attendees of gaming event PAX West.
With gameplay and visuals following tightly alongside its original release, Shovel Knight Showdown could potentially be considered a fresh take on the fighting genre as a whole, holding an emphasis to the “platform” in platform fighter. Showdown will be featured as a free addition to the all-in-one title Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, as well as a standalone game for $9.99.