We've made no secret that we're looking forward to getting our hands on Shovel Knight, the début release from Yacht Club Games which is, itself, largely comprised of former WayForward employees. The formerly crowdfunded project is coming to the Wii U eShop, 3DS eShop as well as PC, Mac and Linux.

Its original campaign cited a target release of September 2013, which naturally slipped and has since been somewhat left hanging. With 2013 rapidly running out of time Yacht Club Games' main man Sean Velasco has now confirmed that the studio is targeting early 2014 for release. It should also be noted that the various stretch goals — which included New Game+, Gender Swap mode and a 4 Player Battle mode — will be provided as free updates a few months after release.

Though the delays to date and confirmation that stretch goals will slip beyond the initial launch may be disappointing, we certainly have optimism that this'll be a title worth digging into. Rubbish shovel-related wordplay aside, below is the most recent trailer to remind you of what's coming.

[via destructoid.com]