In the six year, almost seven, years since Shovel Knight first released, the title character of Yacht Club's insanely successful crowdfunded 2D platformer has made cameo appearances in so many games, it's become something of a running joke. From other indie titles like Yooka-Laylee to something as big as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he's appeared as an NPC and sometimes even a playable character. But his latest guest appearance might be his strangest yet, since it's not in a video game but at Arby's.
As part of a partnership between Yacht Club Games and the American restaurant chain, Shovel Knight is being featured in Arby's kids meals for a limited time. Seven unique launcher tokens can be found and collected from the meals, each one depicting a different character from the game.
These characters are Shovel Knight himself, his best friend Shield Knight, his rival Black Knight, the villainous Enchantress, and the three playable members of the Order of No Quarter: Specter Knight, King Knight, and Plague Knight. Funnily enough, Plague Knight's name has been changed to Doctor Knight, likely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Aside from being simple toys, each token also comes with a unique DLC code for Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, the version of the game that includes all the expansions. Unfortunately, the codes are only for the Steam and Nintendo Switch versions. It's not exactly clear what the DLC does but, if the announcement trailer is anything to go by, they'll probably add Arby's related cosmetic changes, like replacing enemies with sandwiches and drinks or giving characters a hat resembling the Arby's logo.
Since its release back in June of 2014, Shovel Knight has become a household name when it comes to video game culture. Shovel Knight is considered by many to be one of the greatest indie games of all time. Now, after six years, it seems that Yacht Club Games is now taking a giant leap forward in terms of its next title.
When it first launched, Shovel Knight became a gaming icon practically overnight. The tight controls, ingenious level design, and the classic NES era art design left an incredibly strong impact on anyone who played it. In the years following the main game's release, Shovel Knight would see numerous additional DLC campaigns added on for free, each one equal in quality.
In addition to the DLC campaigns, Yacht Club Games has included numerous different pieces of content across every version of Shovel Knight, such as the inclusion Kratos from God of War on the PlayStation version of the game. Though, now it seems that Yacht Club Games will be experimenting with a new kind of game.
Thanks to information discovered via a job listing, it seems that Yacht Club Games will be developing a 3-D game. The exact details of the game itself were not mentioned or clarified, but right now it seems this new game has nothing to do with Shovel Knight. However, the developers also assured fans that they would continue to work on Shovel Knight related content.
Right now, there's no way of knowing what this new game will be or what it will entail. Though, what remains evident is that Yacht Club Games is continuing to experiment with new concepts and game ideas. The company's upcoming title Cyber Shadow is a perfect example of this notion. With any luck, this 3-D game will be sure to impress fans of the game studio.
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