Yacht Club Games is working on an unannounced 3D game, and fans are dreaming of a 3D platformer-style Shovel Knight 64.
Yacht Club Games has just released a new video game, Shovel Knight Dig. A vertical roguelike, which adapts the 2D platforms of Shovel Knight but in a totally vertical level and created randomly in each game.
As this Californian studio has accustomed us, Shovel Knight Dig has great quality: graphics pixel art detailed, catchy music and robust, bomb-proof gameplay (if you like roguelikes).
Yacht Club Games has always given their games a retro, 8-bit flavor… but in one of their next games, will go to 3D.
Shovel Knight Dig – first level gameplay
The next Shovel Knight could be in 3D
Yacht Club Games has several projects underway, and one of them will be a 3D game. confirmed it Alec Faulknerin an interview with ArsTechnica in early September, but has now gained notoriety thanks to Resetera.
In this interview, Faulkner revealed, without much fuss, that they’re working on a 3D game, with a brand new graphics engine, which they’ve been working on for the last five or six years.
Shovel Knight Dig is still in 2D, but this 3D engine has already been used in another Yacht Club Games project, Mine the Hollower.
Mina the Hollower was announced in early 2022, and is an action-adventure game with the aesthetics of Game Boy Colorvery similar to the Zelda Oraclebut which, in Faulkner’s words, has much more in common with Breath of the Wild than Link’s Awakening.
That’s because of its technology, which includes parallax scrolling to display backgrounds in 3D. “This engine is totally new, made from scratch by our team. That’s been our secret for the last five or six years, it’s being used to develop this as well as our unannounced 3D game.“.
The truth is that this is not even the first time we have heard about this game: in july 2020 a job offer revealed that they were working in 3D.
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Yacht Club Games has always been dedicated to games with a retro, 8-bit aesthetic, from Shovel Knight and its sequels-expansions to spin-offs Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon and this Shovel Knight Dig.
Could your next project be a game with 3D graphics and polygons, mimicking the games of Nintendo 64 3D platformer? Or will they keep their pixelated aesthetic in a 3D engine?
For now, we are left with Shovel Knight Digwhich goes on sale on Friday, September 23 on PC, Nintendo Switch and Apple Arcade.