Yacht Club games recently launched their second major piece of DLC for their beloved Shovel Knight – Specter of Torment. The follow-up to one of the most highly regarded Kickstarter-funded games of all time flew under the radar for some (read – us) but that error is now being corrected.
It’s been almost two years since the last DLC, Plague of Shadows, released in September 2015. The long wait is cushioned by the fact that Specter of Torment is free to anyone who already owns Shovel Knight. You don’t even need to own the original game to play it, you can grab it separately from any digital store for $15.
Yacht Club promised the DLC as part of their stretch goals during the initial 2013 Kickstarter campaign, but they didn’t say anything about making it free to everyone. That shows a strong compassion for not only game development, but gaming in general that they’re willing to sink years into a product they very well could lose more money on than they make.
In that regard, you might think Specter of Torment is a second rate, clumsily thrown together mess of a game. You’d be wrong though, because it’s every bit as good as Shovel Knight was, and they delivered on their Kickstarter promises. But if you want to know more, you’re going to have to watch the video above.