Shovel Knight Retail Release Delayed

Shovel Knight 3DS Theme North America

Yacht Club Games has announced that Shovel Knight‘s long-awaited retail package has been delayed until November. It was originally slated for an October release at $19.99. Now, it launches in North America on November 5th at a slight price increase to $24.99.

Yacht Club Games explained that the reason for the delay was to include the Plague of Shadows DLC with the full game, and it was not possible to do so with an October deadline.

The final few steps of the Plague of Shadows content took a little longer than expected, but it was important to us that this update to be on the disc/cart right out of the box! Unfortunately that meant we had to push back the date just a little a bit. Luckily, all of the teams throughout the various console manufacturing steps have been really helpful in reducing this knock-on delay as much as possible.

The game’s increased price tag comes down to retailers and how Yacht Club Games wanted to avoid Shovel Knight being relegated to the discount section.

In an unexpected turn of events, we’ve had to raise the price of our game to $24.99. Although everyone initially agreed to a $19.99 price point, some retailers ran into trouble with limited space to show off their wares, and the rules in place about where games with certain prices are displayed. We didn’t want our ‘bargain priced’ game to go straight to the bargain bin of obscurity, so we had to raise the price.

As compensation for the $24.99 price, retail copies of Shovel Knight will come with the official soundtrack, so as to reach more people who weren’t able to, or didn’t, download the soundtrack digitally. Meanwhile, the Shovel Knight amiibo has yet to open pre-orders in North America, but Yacht Club is promising more information soon.

ShovelKnight-Amiibo-Box

In the meantime, Xbox One owners will not get a physical release of Shovel Knight at all, with Microsoft’s publishing policies cited as the issue.

Be sure to check Always Nintendo’s coverage of Nintendo’s major fall/holiday releases for Shovel Knight‘s updated release date and more.

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