At the end of last year during the first-ever PlayStation Experience event, Yacht Club Games not only revealed the appearance of the critically-praised Shovel Knight on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita coming in 2015, but that the titular shovel-bearing hero will also be doing battle against one of PlayStation’s most familiar faces, God of War‘s infamous hero Kratos.
In a new post on the PlayStation Blog, Yacht Club Games developer David D’Angelo provided a more in-depth scoop on what to expect from Kratos’ appearance in Shovel Knight – first and foremost though, his appearance has been confirmed as a boss character that players will encounter, though getting to him may be a more unexpected challenge.
Kratos will appear as a boss character in the PlayStation versions of Shovel Knight, described by D’Angelo as “Shovel Knight’s most ferocious opponent yet,” though D’Angelo also clarified that he won’t be a character you can just stumble across and fight, detailing in his post:
“He’s very tricky to find! Keep your eye out for secrets… and possibly even double secrets, to learn how to discover this battle. Once you figure it out, he’ll appear on the world map.”
Much like his demeanor in the God of War titles, D’Angelo also detailed that Kratos won’t be a pushover and will be quite challenging, as he described “Kratos can be a challenging fight because he’s aggressive and tenacious, just like in the God of War games. Using his Blades of Chaos, he really knows how to whip poor Shovel Knight around!”
Shovel Knight is currently available on Wii U, 3DS, PC, Mac, and Linux – an Xbox One version of the title (featuring the Battletoads) is scheduled for release this year.
The PS4, PS3, and PS Vita versions are scheduled to release on April 21st, 2015 – in the meantime, you can check out several GIF images of Shovel Knight doing battle against Kratos, along with an excellent rendition of the battle music for the fight, an 8-bit version of the God of War theme music below: