Retail Version of Shovel Knight for Xbox One is Cancelled

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Yacht Club Games has announced they’re canceling the retail version of Shovel Knight.

The retro-inspired platformer will now only be available via a retail version across PlayStation 4, Wii U, and 3DS.

“We really gave it our best effort, but unfortunately, because of publishing policies on that platform that are totally beyond our control, we couldn’t make it happen,” Yacht Club Games explained. “We’re very sorry…we know there is a lot of interest – the pre-orders were really good and we thank everyone for their support!”

Yacht Club Games are still working on a PS Vita retail version, but they said it won’t come this holiday. Finally, the publisher also confirmed a small price hike for the retail version, from $19.99 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.”

If you already pre-ordered Shovel Knight at $19.99, your retailer should honor the original price. Finally, Yacht Club Games confirmed that all retail copies of the game will come with a free download of the game’s original soundtrack.

Brandon Orselli


Owner and Publisher at Niche Gamer and Nicchiban. Outlaw fighting for a better game industry. Pronouns: Patriarch, Guido, Olive.

  1. DrWawee
    October 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

    haw haw

  2. Steven T.
    Steven T.
    October 9, 2015 at 11:03 am


  3. Breezer
    October 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Aw that’s a shame.

    But lets face it, it was for the Boner and it wouldn’t have sold shit past pre-orders.

  4. Misogynerd
    October 9, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Wow, what screw up happened to get a game on the Wii U and not the Xbox One. That’s like being an Ouya, Origin, Uplay, and Desura exclusive and not being on Steam.

  5. Justin Moore
    Justin Moore
    October 9, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    That is a damn shame.

  6. Zappa Jawaka
    Zappa Jawaka
    October 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    You cannot be serious. It’s not like that at all.

  7. PleaseHelpMe
    October 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    poor xboners

  8. Nagato
    October 9, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    It is indeed a shame, if only because it’s the only version with worthwhile exclusive content too.

  9. Breezer
    October 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Really? What was in it? The Battletoads right? I dunno that co op Nintendo has seems pretty sweet.

  10. Misogynerd
    October 9, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I’m exaggerating, because Nintendo and the Wii U tend to be more anal about what gets released and someone had to screw something up at Microsoft to prevent the retail release.

  11. Nagato
    October 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Yeah, the Battletoads stuff is a series of boss fights/hommages that together are pretty much an entire stage.

    And the Wii U version’s co-op is likely to be neat as well, but seeing how it’s tied to a seperate purchase I can’t really directly compare it to the Xbox and PS content either.

  12. evilmajikman
    October 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Damn. I was depending on this retail version too. :(

  13. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    October 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Makes sense as Microsoft is really trying to push digital only.

  14. Dakt
    October 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I heard that Microsoft have some really strange policies when it comes to publishing on their platforms, and is one reason why Rayman Legends on the WiiU was delayed – Microsoft have to either be the first platform or released along side the other platforms

  15. Wand
    October 10, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Their excuse for the price hike smells like bs

  16. TerriblePerson
    October 10, 2015 at 9:01 am

    They knew what they were getting into when they bought the Xbox One.

  17. Softclocks
    October 10, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Things couldnt get worse for the xbone they said.

    Now look at you.

  18. TwinspectreGaming101
    October 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    it is simple, the game has sold 20% on the WII U
    14% PS4 and 4% Xbox One
    this could be a factor too