Shovel Knight has been one of the biggest indie games to come out in the past few years, demonstrating that not every Kickstarter campaign has to end in a middling final product. The core game was excellent enough on its own, but Yacht Club Games has followed it up with two other full-length campaigns (and a third one to come) that were given away for free to those who got the original release. Perhaps not surprisingly, this has helped sales for the game tremendously, and the company recently revealed that Shovel Knight has just sold 2 million units.
In a lengthy blog post on the company site, the sales data for Shovel Knight and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment was broken down and explained, revealing some interesting nuggets of information. For one thing, the Wii U version of Shovel Knight outsold the PS4 and Xbox One versions combined, and Nintendo platforms as a whole have accounted for over 50% of the game’s total sales. However, on a slightly more negative note, the Specter of Torment expansion only sold enough units to make back roughly 25% of its development budget, making it unprofitable.
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