Shovel Knight Will be in Yooka-Laylee

Shovel Knight Will be in Yooka-Laylee

Shovel Knight will be a guest character in the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor.

The Shovel Knight is arguably one of the best new characters of the past couple years, appearing in Yacht Club Game's incredible retro-platforming throwback, Shovel Knight. He's been so popular that Nintendo even gave him his own amiibo. In fact, Playtronic Games, developer of Banjo-Kazooie franchise spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee, liked the character so much that it teamed up with Yacht Club to add him as a guest NPC.

In the new trailer just shown at a developer panel at EGX this year, many of the game's NPC characters are shown off. Shovel Knight appears right at the end, speaking in a kind of strange mumbling voice. Apparently, after receiving an explanation and practicing on a Skype call, Yacht Club went through the steps of how Playtonic creates the mumbling voices, and the result was added to the title directly.

Playtronic said that Shovel Knight was a "much-loved game" with a team that "shares the same kinds of values we do as developers and has created something fantastic in the past".

The studio indicated that Shovel Knight was the only "guest" character that had been added to the game so far, but is open to more ideas.

Yooka-Laylee is currently scheduled for release on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One in March, 2017.

Source: Playtronic Games

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There's no such thing as too much Shovel Knight love.

Well, there probably is, but we're nowhere close to that point, so let's keep it coming.

What an annoying voice.

Dang, I really need to get around to playing Shovel Knight at some point. For the record, I think his "voice" is hilarious.

Can I just say how nice it is to see the return of video game mascots with an all-ages appeal? Outside of Nintendo, most high profile "mascots" from the past fifteen years have been grim, no-nonsense sticks in the mud and/or hailed from M-rated games.

The studio indicated that Shovel Knight was the only "guest" character that had been added to the game so far, but is open to more ideas.

Hmmmm, let me think for a sec...
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Hey, if Banjo-Kazooie could put this into their game and still keep an "E" rating, I don't see why Shantae couldn't be allowed.

Johnny Novgorod:
What an annoying voice.

I take it you never played Banjo Kazooie.

OT: Man, now I just want a Shovel Knight 64.

Fappy:

Johnny Novgorod:
What an annoying voice.

I take it you never played Banjo Kazooie.

OT: Man, now I just want a Shovel Knight 64.

Shovel Knight's voice sounds like...a guy in his room. I liked Banjo Kazooie voices, but they didnt sound as bad as that.

Personally, I was hoping it would be Arin of Game Grumps doing the small voice they gave him when they played Shovel Knight. Considering their relationship with both Grant Kirkhope and the Shovel Knight devs, Im kind of surprised its not.

I'm guessing Banjo and/or Kazooie are out of the question for guest appearances? Also Conker, Jet Force Gemini doggintons, Donkey Kong family, that suicidal pitchfork, ooh...how about the cyan dude from Dust: An Elysian Tail? Surely he isn't held behind a hundred ft wall of metaphorical steel and concrete copyright stubbornness?
The voice doesnt sound any weirder than the rest of the vocal work, they went for cartoony interpretation of manly warrior and that's what I'm hearing. It's not supposed to be serious or taken seriously.

Fappy:

Johnny Novgorod:
What an annoying voice.

I take it you never played Banjo Kazooie.

I'm not against gibberish voices in principle (ala Okami), but this sounds too clean and discernibly like a guy going "ho" and "yo".

Saelune:

Fappy:

Johnny Novgorod:
What an annoying voice.

I take it you never played Banjo Kazooie.

OT: Man, now I just want a Shovel Knight 64.

Shovel Knight's voice sounds like...a guy in his room. I liked Banjo Kazooie voices, but they didnt sound as bad as that.

Yeah, that's the impression I got too. Sounds like a 20 something year old guy who only got to use 1 or 2 takes.
They could stand to give him a VA with a bit of a deeper voice.

Shovel Knight sucks. Plague Knight FTW!

OT: I'm all in for guest appearances; but I think it would be better to have them as surprises, instead of up front announce them.

Fappy:

Johnny Novgorod:
What an annoying voice.

I take it you never played Banjo Kazooie.

To be Frank, I don't see how that makes it less annoying. Frank says Gruntilda is 10 times less annoying...

I'm so excited for this but just watching this video, god damn do I really miss Banjo and Kazooie

 

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