We're only eleven days into 2017, but Yacht Club Games is bringing Shovel Knight fans around the world an early Christmas with a huge new update regarding the future of the game. Before you ask, there still isn't a firm release date on Specter of Torment. However, Yacht Club has detailed some pretty neat changes and additions that I believe makes up for not knowing.

There are a handful of new modes coming to Shovel Knight. First off, in addition to releasing the free campaign expansions for Shovel Knight, Yacht Club has been hard at work on a Body Swap update, switching the gender of all the main characters. This mode is now officially complete and will launch alongside Specter of Torment this Spring. In addition, a local two player co-op mode will be coming to all consoles and PC following high demand. Previously, this mode was locked to the Wii U version by way of the Shovel Knight Amiibo. Finally, a local four player Battle Mode will be coming to consoles and PC later this year. Due to both co-op and Battle Modes being limited to local play only, the 3DS and Vita versions of Shovel Knight are missing out on these two updates.

The biggest news in this update, however, comes in the form of changing how Shovel Knight is available in the near future. As it stands now, all the campaign expansions are exactly that—expansions. This means you have to own Shovel Knight to play them. Soon, all of these expansions plus the main game will be packaged as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. For existing owners, this doesn't mean too much. Shovel Knight will automatically update into Treasure Trove upon its release, and all of the upcoming expansions and features will be delivered via free downloads as has always been the case.

For those who don't own Shovel Knight already, however, as an alternative to purchasing Treasure Trove, each expansion will be available as a standalone title on Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, or PC. It also allows current owners to pick up the expansions on other platforms, though also at a cost. To fall more in line with the other campaigns, Shovel Knight is also being renamed Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope and will be available for purchase as a standalone campaign alongside the other expansions.

Finally, Yacht Club Games is raising the price of Shovel Knight beginning sometime this Spring. If you've been on the fence about picking it up, now would be a great time to do so before the increase. However, if you still want to wait, you can always hold off and pick up a few of the expansions at a cheaper price once Treasure Trove is available.

It's no doubt that this update is a massive one and will shake up the world of Shovel Knight. Though I can't imagine many will be happy with the price increase, it'll be nice to see the expansions as standalone titles so more people can experience how amazing the game truly is. If you have any questions about Treasure Trove, I suggest checking out the official Q&A. What do you think of this update?

Source: Yacht Club Games