Road Redemption Adds Shovel Knight – PS4, Xbox One In Development, 360 Port “Unlikely”

Arcade racer Road Redemption will receive an esteemed visit from Shovel Knight. Starting today, all owners of the Road Rash tribute will be able to take on the mean biker streets with the blue character from developer Yacht Club Games. A trailer can be found below the article.

shovel knight road redemption gameplay screenshot

Both Shovel Knight and Road Redemption were games spawned by the success of a Kickstarter campaign. In the meantime, the former platform title released and received quite the critical backing. Thanks to this rise to fame, the medieval soldier will now be able to straddle a motorcycle. Nick Wozniak of Yacht Club Games said the following about the inclusion:

This incarnation of our stalwart, blue hero could not have us more excited and I can’t wait until he crosses the generational gap from pixels to glorious polygons in Road Redemption.

Developer Darkseas Games has an affinity to feature classic content from older games in Road Redemption. For one, the game is built around Road Rash, an old series where bikes battled each other and the policemen that came in their way. Moreover, the last stage in the racing game takes players to Rainbow Road, just like Mario Kart. Ian Fisch of Darkseas Games commented on the Shovel Knight inclusion:

Shovel Knight is basically Road Redemption’s version of The Terminator.  He’s this plate-armored unstoppable juggernaut, and it’s great to have the opportunity to include him in our game.

Another fun thing to do in the arcade racer is to destroy anyone who’s ever been anyone on the internet. Every takedown comes with a name, which includes the developers themselves. It is, however, even more fun to ram a virtual pipe through the face of PewDiePie or Markiplier. If you’re mad at Notch for buying that house in Beverly Hills from under Jay-Z, you can totally destroy the Minecraft creator as well.

Lastly, the developer stipulates that versions of Road Redemption for Nintendo Wii U, Xbox One and Playstation 4 are “in active development.” Both Xbox One and PS4 were not part of the Kickstarter campaign. There was, however, a stretch goal for Xbox 360 that was not attained through the event directly. We asked the developer if that port would still happen, to which they responded:

I’d say the Xbox 360 version is pretty unlikely. The xbox 360 indie game storefront isnt’ as receptive as the Xbox One indie plan. Also, it’s a lot more difficult to program for, because it only has like 512MB of RAM. How crazy is that? It’s from 2005. It also isn’t x86 architecture.

Generally, the more powerful something is, the easier it is to program for.

Road Redemption is currently on Steam via Early Access. All versions are headed to a full release in the third quarter of 2015.


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