The studio behind indie-hit Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games, is helping to release a new project known as Cyber Shadow across a medley of platforms. The studio has been hard at work on creating more depth for the Shovel Knight franchise through additional spin-off entries that flesh out the villains in the game. The titular main character was even honored for the fandom surrounding the series with an Assist Trophy role in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which still stands as the first and only indie rep to ever gain that sort of representation in the Nintendo fighting game series.
Yes, Yacht Club Games has done very well for itself in recent years, but now the studio appears ready to take on a new challenge in the gaming industry: publisher. The indie studio announced plans to partner with developer Aarne "MekaSkull" Hunziker and showcase the new title, Cyber Shadow, with plans to have the game be playable at PAX East 2019. The project is a massive undertaking from both parties, but the retro gameplay itself, much like Shovel Knight, is the real hook.
Starring a cybernetic ninja known only as Shadow, Cyber Shadow follows a hero who is summoned after his clan is seemingly kidnapped. The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms, which Shadow will have to have to deal with as he traverses the devastated landscape of Mekacity. Cyber Shadow is certainly pursuing the retro vibes of previous Yacht Club Games titles–albeit with a modernized take on what looks similar to the NES classic game Ninja Gaiden. Despite lacking a release date, Yacht Club Games did inform consumers that it will launch for $14.99 USD.
Cyber Shadow looks like it'll be a speedrunner's dream, as users dash through the environment at a breakneck pace. It also looks to be adhering to the difficulty that older NES titles are synonymous with, which should help it establish an audience pretty quickly when it inevitably arrives across Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms.
Indie games in general have become increasingly more prominent in recent years because of the ability to self-publish. This changeup has allowed titles like Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight to flourish. Even Nintendo has begun collaborating with indie devs in a meaningful way, with the latest example of this arriving in the form of an exclusive Nintendo Switch project called Cadence of Hyrule. That crossover title is being worked on by Crypt of the Necrodancer developer Brace Yourselves Games. Hopefully, it's only just the beginning, as games like Cyber Shadow are constant reminders of how much talent even one developer can have.