Previously, we reported that Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove for Switch would see a delay until later this year. While Yacht Club have officially stated that they wanted to ensure proper polish for the game, more details about the delay have emerged.
In a recent interview with USGamer, Yacht Club’s Sean Velasco elaborated more on the delay. Namely, it seems like the upcoming King of Cards expansion may be mostly at fault – as it grew bigger than Velasco’s team expected:
“Well, when Specter Knight came on the Switch and did really well, we were like “Woohoo, now we can do whatever we want with King of Cards” and so it kind of turned into a big celebration of all the Shovel Knight games and all the things that we wanted to put in. Everything that didn’t make it in was because we didn’t have time or for some other reason. Basically, just like every idea that we ever had, we just stuffed it all into King of Cards. And so, as a result, it became this big, giant, overblown thing with a bunch of levels. It’s funny, and it’s strange, and there is a giant card game minigame. But that also kind of blew the schedule out a little bit.”
King of Cards wasn’t purely to blame for the delay, however. Velasco also reiterated that the Showdown minigame and amiibo also pushed Yacht Club’s schedule further back:
“There are the amiibos, Shovel Knight Showdown, and King of Cards, and we decided that none of those elements were gonna come out until all of those elements were ready. So that’s basically why we had a delay. We could’ve maybe only focused on King of Cards and gotten that out, but then we had to do Showdown, and we wanted to get the retail version of the game that has everything in the box. So we just are slowly pushing it all together, all at once, and then finally it’ll be ready to go. We didn’t want to get a date until we were sure, but it should be real soon.”
At the very least, it looks like the delay will be worth it. If King of Cards is as expansive as Velasco claims, Shovel Knight fans are in for a majestic experience!
We’ll report back when more information about Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove emerges.