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Since Shovel Knight’s initial launch in 2014, Yacht Club Games’ 2D adventure title has since grown into a bona fide franchise thanks to the addition of spin-off titles Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon and Shovel Knight Dig. The latter is the franchise’s latest release and is available now on the Switch eShop; be sure to check out our full review for all our thoughts on the roguelite platformer.
Of course, in addition to the three downloadable story campaigns for Shovel Knight, the introduction of Shovel Knight Dig also means that the overall story and lore for the franchise has expanded significantly. It begs the question: when does Shovel Knight Dig take place and what is the full Shovel Knight timeline?
Well, we spoke to Yacht Club Game’s marketing manager, Celia Schilling, to get some much-needed answers. We dive into the aforementioned Shovel Knight timeline, the Hexcavators and Order of No Quarter, and the history of Mole Knight and Tinker Knight.
Nintendo Life: Since Specter of Torment was also a prequel to Shovel of Hope, where exactly does Shovel Knight Dig fit in?
Celia Schilling, Marketing Manager, Yacht Club: In terms of story, Shovel Knight Dig is the first game in the Shovel Knight series. That makes it a prequel that takes place even before Specter of Torment! You may remember the intro to the first Shovel Knight game – “Long ago, the lands were untamed and inhabited by legendary adventurers.” Well, Dig takes you back to the good old days, when Shovel Knight and Shield Knight went hunting, fighting bad guys and finding treasure! We hope fans will be interested in playing the events leading up to the original saga.
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Aside from the obvious fact that they are new creations for this game, is there an obvious reason why the new knights weren’t in the Order of No Quarter?
The first is Drill Knight, the leader of the Hexcavators – as a famed criminal mastermind, he’d probably see the Order job as an entry-level position. By the way… once he formed the team for Dig, I’m pretty sure he learned that joining a bigger team means a smaller distribution of wealth.
As for Scrap Knight, Hive Knight and Spore Knight, they probably have their reasons for not joining the Order later on – reasons you’ll discover through Dig! Anyway, I don’t think the Sorceress would appreciate all the detritus, grubs, and mushroom stents that plague the Tower of Fate.
And vice versa, is there any reason the other members of the Order of No Quarter didn’t join the Hexcavators?
Hmmm, a canon reason? They haven’t met yet! Specter Knight is still Donovan! So he and Luan are dealing with thieves in the land of the living. Treasure Knight is busy being a pirate. King Knight is still freeloading with his mom and eating pies, etc. You might even learn more in Dig…
As developers, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove already contained the story of Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight. When creating Shovel Knight Dig, we wanted to highlight some of the other members of the Order! From there it was a process of elimination. Propeller Knight flies around in the sky, so there’s no point in him being underground. Maybe Polar Knight would be too hot under the earth…and so on. We chose Mole Knight in particular because we thought it was really funny to change his outfit into a different element. His internal name was “Aqua Mole Knight” for the longest time. Maybe in the next game he will have an electric or grass themed suit! As for Tinker Knight, the little tech devil fits right in. All heists need brains behind the muscle! We’re sure we’ll be featuring more of our colorful characters in the future. Who do you think it would be fun to see next?
How will this game dig into the histories of both Mole Knight and Tinker Knight as they are both Hexcavators at this point?
Shovel Knight Dig gave us the chance to find out who Tinker Knight and Mole Knight are as characters. Tinker Knight has joined the Hexcavators as an engineer! The little schemer found interest in their interesting problems to solve under the earth. Mole Knight, on the other hand, joined the team after becoming fascinated with Drill Knight’s tunneling skills! We don’t want to spoil too much, so you’ll have to play the game to learn more about the deep interpersonal dynamics of the Hexcavators!
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Thank you so much to Celia Schilling for taking the time to chat with us. Shovel Knight Dig is available now on the Nintendo Switch eShop for the price of $24.99 / £22.49.