Yacht Club Games, the development studio behind Kickstarter 8-bit platformer Shovel Knight, has revealed how the game came to be inspired by the revered Dark Souls. The team loved the punishing feeling of fear that is prominent throughout the game and also the soul upgrading and death mechanics, which the team believe are unique.
“We love the rhythm of combat in Dark Souls, and the way you feel true fear at facing the unknown. The soul upgrading and death mechanics in that game are also refreshing and wonderful. That palpable tension that comes from fear of death!”