“We really gave it our best effort, but unfortunately, because of publishing policies on that platform that are totally beyond our control, we couldn’t make it happen,” Yacht Club Games explained. “We’re very sorry…we know there is a lot of interest – the pre-orders were really good and we thank everyone for their support!”
The studio also said it’s ‘working its hardest’ to make a PS Vita retail version possible, though if it happens it won’t be coming this holiday.
Additionally, the publisher announced a price change for the retail version. It’s been raised from $19.99 to $24.99.
“Although everyone initially agreed to a $19.99 price point, some retailers ran into trouble with limited space to show off their wares, and the rules in place about where games with certain prices are displayed. We didn’t want our ‘bargain priced’ game to go straight to the bargain bin of obscurity, so we had to raise the price.”
If you pre-ordered Shovel Knight at $19.99, your retailer should honor the original price, however.
Finally, Yacht Club Games confirmed that all physical copies of the game will include a free download of the original soundtrack.
“We know this is a bit redundant, as the soundtrack is ‘pay what you want’ online, but this provides a guilt free way to formally obtain the full, high-quality version of the soundtrack for free!”