While the team behind the smash hit, Shovel Knight, has been successful on producing a retail release for the PlayStation 4, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, the same can no longer be said for the previously announced Xbox One version. Sadly Yacht Club Games has recently announced due to issues with Microsoft, the Xbox One retail version of Shovel Knight has been canned.
“With extremely heavy hearts, we’re sad to announce there will not be an Xbox One physical version this holiday. 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. 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!
We’ll keep fighting to get a retail version on Xbox One, but as of now, the boxed version is in indefinite limbo. The digital version of Shovel Knight on Xbox One is already available and will, of course, continue to receive new updates and our full support!”
Now while they haven’t stated exactly what the reason is that caused the cancellation, one can only wonder if this has something to do with that parity clause that doesn’t exist anymore.
That’s the second piece of bad news for the retail version of Shovel Knight, as Yacht Club Games had to up the price of the title from $19.99 to $24.99 to avoid it being placed into the bargain bin.