Shovel Knight will be coming to retailers on October 13. The previously digital-only game is getting a case and a "lavish" instruction manual according to a post from Yacht Club Games.
This retail edition includes the original campaign, the upcoming Plague of Shadows expansion, and a Challenge mode. As with the digital version of the game, all upcoming content updates will be free after purchasing the physical edition for $ 19.99.
Yacht Club Games went on to tease Battle Mode, where up to four players can duke it out as their favorite characters. The feature is still in development, but the team is optimistic that Battle Mode will be finished in time to include on the disc.
In the U.S., the physical version will be coming for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and 3DS. Shovel Knight is currently available digitally for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC, and Mac. You can read our review of Shovel Knight here or watch the game in action in our Test Chamber.
[Correction: The article originally stated that only the PlayStation 4 version will be available physically. Shovel Knight will be available physically for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and 3DS. It will be available for PC in Europe.]
[Source: Yacht Club Games]
It's fitting that such a retro game is getting an equally retro physical release. A true instruction manual is also a nice treat for gamers like me who miss the experience of flipping through those glossy pages. On top of all that, now Shovel Knight can be enjoyed by those who are either unable to or unwilling to download games.