Yacht Club Games

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Yacht Club Games, LLC
IndustryVideo games
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Key people
Sean Velasco
Number of employees
17 (April 2019)[1]

Yacht Club Games, LLC is an American independent video game development studio and publisher founded in 2011 by former WayForward Technologies director Sean Velasco.[2] The company announced their first title, Shovel Knight, on March 14, 2013, and released it on June 26, 2014, after a successful Kickstarter campaign.[3] In 2016, the company announced that it would start publishing games from other companies, and that their first published game would be Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack, a compilation containing Azure Striker Gunvolt and Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.[4] The second will be Cyber Shadow, a game developed by Mechanical Head Studios.[5]

List of games developed[edit]

Year Title Genre Platform Additional note(s)
2014 Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope 2D side-scrolling platform Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV Originally released simply as "Shovel Knight" but later renamed with subtitle "Shovel of Hope"[6]
2015 Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Expansion pack for Shovel Knight[7]
2017 Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Expansion pack for Shovel Knight[8]
2019 Shovel Knight: King of Cards Expansion pack for Shovel Knight[9]
Shovel Knight Showdown Fighting Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV Expansion pack for Shovel Knight[10]

List of games published[edit]

Year Title Developer Genre Platform(s) Additional note(s)
2016 Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Inti Creates 2D side-scrolling action-platformer Nintendo 3DS Physical compilation of Azure Striker Gunvolt and Azure Striker Gunvolt 2[11]
2021 Shovel Knight Dig Nitrome Dungeon crawler, roguelite, platformer Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 Next entry in the Shovel Knight series.[12]
TBA Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon Vine Dungeon crawler, Puzzle TBA Next entry in the Shovel Knight series.[13]
Fall 2020 Cyber Shadow[14][15] Mechanical Head Studios[a] 2D side-scrolling action-platformer[15] Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One[15]


  1. ^ The game's development is being mostly done by Aarne Hunziker, the only member of this studio, but the music is being composed and produced by Enrique Martin and Jake Kaufman, respectively.[14][15]


  1. ^ Bailey, Kat (April 24, 2019). ""Shovel Knight is Not Done:" Yacht Club Games on the Road to King of Cards and Beyond". USgamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "New studio Yacht Club Games sails away with a crew from WayForward". Warp Zoned. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ex-WayForward Yacht Club Games kickstarts retro action game 'Shovel Knight'". Joystiq. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Moser, AJ (July 8, 2016). "Yacht Club Games Publishing Both Azure Striker Gunvolt Games in Physical Release This Fall". Game Informer. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Nguyen, Lisa (March 17, 2020). "Yacht Club Releases Trailer And Launch Window For Cyber Shadow". happygamer.com. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Switch-up!". Yacht Club Games. January 11, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Press Kit". Yacht Club Games. June 13, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Press Kit". Yacht Club Games. February 21, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Shovel Knight: King of Cards Press Kit". Yacht Club Games. August 30, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "Shovel Knight Showdown Press Kit". Yacht Club Games. August 24, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Press Kit". Yacht Club Games. July 5, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Shovel Knight Dig | Yacht Club Games". yachtclubgames.com. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  13. ^ Moon, Mariella (February 26, 2020). "New 'Shovel Knight' spinoff is a Tetris-like puzzle game". engadget.com. Retrieved March 18, 2020.https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/26/shovel-knight-pocket-dungeon/
  14. ^ a b Doolan, Liam (March 28, 2019). "Yacht Club Games Reveals Cyber Shadow, A Thrilling New 8-Bit Ninja Platformer". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d Winslow, Jeremy (March 27, 2019). "Shovel Knight Dev Reveals Its Next Project". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 15, 2019.

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