Yacht ClubGames has announced that Shovel Knight, the blue knight who everyone digs, has sold two million copies.
The announcement came from the studio today, recounting the long journey Shovel Knight took to get to this point. The game hit one million units after 18 months, but took another 26 months from that point to hit two million. In that time, the game has had two DLC expansions with a third one on the way, a new card game, multiple Shovel Knight guest appearances, and more.
Yacht Club also broke down the platforms where that two million number comes from.
The PC version sold the best, followed by the 3DS version, then the Switch. These numbers include not only the game’s original release but also the Treasure Trove re-release with the paid DLC. Shovel Knight was kickstarted in early 2013, starting off on Wii U, 3DS, and PC. It has eventually been ported to PlayStation 4, Vita, Xbox One, Switch and more.
You can find a full breakdown of the milestone at Yacht Club Games’ blog post here.
I am kind of surprised it took Shovel Knight so long to hit two million as it’s on basically every system and is often held up as one of the most successful kickstarted indie games. It’s a reminder that success is relative and momentum is a strong factor in sales.