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Brilliant NES-style action game Shovel Knight is getting a prequel

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Yacht Club Games announced Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, a follow-up to the 2014 indie hit, at the 2016 Game Awards.

Specter of Torment is actually a prequel to the original Shovel Knight, where players assume the role of the villainous Specter Knight as he gathers together The Order of No Quarter, which Shovel Knight fans know as the servants of the Enchantress and bosses of the original game.

The prequel adds new enemies, abilities, and bosses to the franchise, but keeps the retro-inspired design of the first Shovel Knight game. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is scheduled for a release in Spring 2017.