Yacht Club Games

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Yacht Club Games, LLC
TypePrivate
IndustryVideo games
Founded2011; 11 years ago (2011)
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Key people
Sean Velasco
Number of employees
19 (February 2022)

Yacht Club Games, LLC is an American independent video game development studio and publisher founded in 2011 by former WayForward Technologies director Sean Velasco.[1] The company announced their first title, Shovel Knight, on March 14, 2013, and released it on June 26, 2014, after a successful Kickstarter campaign.[2] 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, which was released later that year.[3] Their second published title was Cyber Shadow, a game developed by Mechanical Head Studios, which was released in 2021.[4] In February 2022, the company announced their second original title, Mina the Hollower.[5]

List of games developed[edit]

Year Title Genre Platform Additional note(s)
2014 Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope Platformer Amazon Fire TV, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox One 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 Amazon Fire TV, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One Expansion pack for Shovel Knight[10]
2021 Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon Dungeon crawler, puzzle, roguelite macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 An entry in the Shovel Knight series.[11][12] Co-developed with Vine.[13]
2022[14] Shovel Knight Dig Dungeon crawler, roguelite, platform Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 An entry in the Shovel Knight series. Co-developed with Nitrome.[15]
2023 Mina the Hollower Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux N/A

List of games published[edit]

Year Title Developer Genre Platform(s) Additional note(s)
2016 Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Inti Creates Action, platformer Nintendo 3DS Physical compilation of Azure Striker Gunvolt and Azure Striker Gunvolt 2[16]
2021 Cyber Shadow[17][18] Mechanical Head Studios[a] Action, platformer[18] Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One[18][19]

Notes[edit]

  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.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New studio Yacht Club Games sails away with a crew from WayForward". Warp Zoned. March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ex-WayForward Yacht Club Games kickstarts retro action game 'Shovel Knight'". Joystiq. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Nguyen, Lisa (March 17, 2020). "Yacht Club Releases Trailer And Launch Window For Cyber Shadow". happygamer.com. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Dinsdale, Ryan (February 1, 2022). "Shovel Knight Developer Announces a Brand New Game, Mina the Hollower". IGN. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  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. ^ Moon, Mariella (February 26, 2020). "New 'Shovel Knight' spinoff is a Tetris-like puzzle game". engadget.com. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  12. ^ "Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon: Releases December 13th! - Yacht Club Games". Yacht Club Games. November 23, 2021. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon - Yacht Club Games". Yacht Club Games. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  14. ^ "Development Update: Delve into Dig 2022 - Yacht Club Games". Yacht Club Games. November 3, 2021. Retrieved November 3, 2021.
  15. ^ "Shovel Knight: Dig - Yacht Club Games". Yacht Club Games. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  16. ^ "Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Press Kit". Yacht Club Games. July 5, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ a b c d Winslow, Jeremy (March 27, 2019). "Shovel Knight Dev Reveals Its Next Project". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  19. ^ Wales, Matt (January 13, 2021). "Meet the one-man studio behind Cyber Shadow". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved January 13, 2021.

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