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Yacht Club Games — the new studio formed by ex-WayForward staff members — has revealed its first project via a Kickstarter campaign.

Shovel Knight is a 2D platforming epic which calls to mind the 8-bit NES era, and is described by the developer as "a hot mashup of new and old that may remind you of Mega Man, Castlevania, or Dark Souls".

Here's some more info, taken from the Kickstarter page:

Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. It's a hot mashup of new and old that may remind you of Mega Man, Castlevania, or Dark Souls! You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this valley with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his lost beloved. He wields a ShovelBlade: a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!

But, between Shovel Knight and his beloved stands a cadre of villainous knights. These terrible foes, known as The Order of No Quarter, have been dispatched to prevent Shovel Knight from reaching the Enchantress, and will pursue their mission at any cost.

If you love games with perfect platforming, beautiful art, infectious music, crazy bosses, and real heart… Shovel Knight is for you!

Yacht Club Games is looking to secure $75,000 to create the game, of which it currently has just over $7,000 with 29 days to go. Although the game is coming to the PC at present, the developers have confirmed that they also hope to bring it to the 3DS and Wii U.

Will you be investing some cash to see that Shovel Knight gets made? Let us know by posting a comment.

[source kickstarter.com]