Today, Yacht Club Games, creators of the immensely popular retro throwback title Shovel Knight, announced that they will be publishing Cyber Shadow, a 2D ninja platformer developed by Mechanical Head Games. This is the second game published by Yacht Club Games after Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack.
In Cyber Shadow, players dash, slice, and leap through 8-bit stylized levels featuring parallax backgrounds and more than a dozen bosses. Throughout the game, you can unlock permanent Ninjutsu skills and abilities and find secrets around the ruined world.
Yacht Club Games reached out to Aarne two years ago about getting involved with Cyber Shadow. Aarne had been developing the game on his own for years with no intention of working with a publisher – but Yacht Club Games was the only team he’d ever consider to help him hone his creation. Aarne described Cyber Shadow to the Shovel Knight creators as an “NES-style game that had the level design principles of Mario, the skills and action of Ninja Gaiden, the enemy designs of Contra, and the dark visual aesthetic of Batman.” What the team played was a brilliantly elevated take on classic ninja action. After 6 years and 5 Shovel Knight games, Yacht Club Games had become associated with authentic 8-bit fun – and the company was confident it could rely on its past experiences and expertise to take Cyber Shadow to the next level. To both studios, Shovel Knight and Cyber Shadow offer players the trials of NES games … without any of the tribulations!
Cyber Shadow does not yet have a release date, but a playable version of the game will be available at PAX East this weekend in the Expo Hall at Booth 20079. It will bee released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. For more information, visit the official website.