Shovel Knight is coming back in a brand new vertical adventure thanks to Yacht Club and their newly formed collaboration with Nitrome(developers of beautifully crafted pixel games such as Bomb Chicken and Green Ninja).

Announced during a Yacht Club Games announcement stream Shovel Knight Dig will continue the legendary Shovel Knight as he encounters his greatest foe yet Drill Knight.

Shovel Knight Dig has several changes compared to the original game. One of the most notable things is that the graphics have been beefed up to a whopping 16-bit style and the music got a proper upgrade to stay true to the beautiful new art. The gameplay has gone from being a side scrolling platformer to becoming a randomized vertical platformer with plenty of obstacles in your way as you go down forever.

Some other features shown off on Yacht Clubs official site include:

  • An all-new presentation featuring a new Shovel Knight story! When Drill Knight and his dastardly digging crew blast apart Shovel Knight’s peaceful campsite and steal his loot, he grabs his trusty Shovel Blade and starts tunneling after them!

  • The first Shovel Knight adventure in glorious high color pixel graphics and sound. Fluid animation, scaling, rotation, and parallax create the most convincing Shovel Knight world yet!

  • Every adventure is different! Shovel Knight Dig levels have been meticulously crafted, then stitched together using proprietary generation techniques for infinite replayability.

  • Jump, slash, and dig your way in an all-new direction – down! Rely on your trusty Shovel Drop, then dig through huge swaths of dirt with all-new Speed Shovel mechanics.

Although the trailer looks incredibly polished the team at Yacht Club assured us that there is still a lot more work to do on this title before we see a release date.

Stay tuned for more updates on Shovel Knight Dig and all things Yacht Club Games.

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