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Shovel Knight Is In Alpha And Has A New Trailer

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Yacht Club Games’ Mega Man-inspired platformer, Shovel Knight, has reached its alpha stage this week, the studio has announced. “Alpha” in this case means that the game is fully playable from start to finish with all features implemented.

 

The next step is moving towards the beta phase, Yacht Club say. This means addressing bugs, playtesting, polish, balance, reiterating, localization, certification and more. They add that the reason the process is taking longer than expected is because the game “got a lot bigger” than originally intended.

 

A new trailer for Shovel Knight can be viewed above. The game is in development for PC, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.