Yacht Club Games has been beavering away at content for the regular Shovel Knight game for years, but it seems it's time for the pixelated hero to tackle a new quest. In collaboration with Nitrome, the studio has announced Shovel Knight Dig, and it's coming to PlayStation 4.

Shovel Knight Dig is a 16-bit platformer that's all about burrowing down into the ground. "When Drill Knight and his dastardly digging crew blast apart Shovel Knight’s peaceful campsite and steal his loot, he grabs his trusty Shovel Blade and starts tunneling after them," reads the official blurb on the PlayStation Blog.

In addition to the new art style, it sounds like levels will have elements of procedural generation to ensure no two playthroughs are exactly the same. As you can see in the above trailer and screenshots, it's already looking pretty impressive. However, there's no word yet on when we can expect it to arrive. Presumably, it'll turn up at some stage next year.

What do you think of Shovel Knight Dig? Do you dig this new direction? Burrow into the comments section below.

[source blog.us.playstation.com]