I love Shovel Knight to pieces, but I think I am over the whole idea having to own a physical game. Digital has worked out much better for me than I expected. Obviously, a lot of people out there still feel the need to hold something in their hands though, and Yacht Club Games has a solution for them: a physical retail Shovel Knight release on Oct 13!

This dinky Kickstarter game has gone from one which nearly bankrupted its developers to a 700,000 unit selling Game of the Year contender to a product that can be proudly placed on any shelf via an Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PlayStation 4 box. The PC physical version will be exclusive to Europe. Yacht Club Games has confirmed that all of the physical versions will get the free updates as they become available, including:

  • Specter Knight’s Campaign – A full campaign starring the shadowy scythe spinner!
  • King Knight’s Campaign – A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!
  • Battle Mode – Duel with up to 4 players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight! (Wii U/PS4/XB1/PC exclusive)
  • Body Swap Mode –  Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a dude? Well, now you’ll be able to change them all around, along with the rest of the cast!

And speaking of free updates, how are the two incoming ones coming along?

The wait for Plague of Shadows is almost over! This free update will definitely hit digital platforms BEFORE the boxed version. We’re in the home stretch and are polishing every detail, pixel, and potion right now. Check out some screens before the final version is released!

Even in the chaos of all this new stuff, we are still plugging away on new features. New single player adventures are always fun, but it will soon be time to shake it up in Battle Mode! Lots of playable characters, stages, battle types, options, and more are coming!

This physical box is being published by U&I Entertainment, which handled physical version’s of The Walking Dead for Telltale and Divinity: Original Sin.

Hey! Get away from that pre-order button, Mr. Right Hand. I see you doing that. Shovel Knight’s physical release will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U on Oct. 13 for $19.99.