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Shovel Knight is nearly ready to make his grand entrance on the PlayStation family of consoles. And in order to get everyone prepared for the old-school antics that will follow, the team at Yacht Club Games has put together some media showing off the legendary hero's new (and equally legendary) opponent, God of War’s Kratos.

Yacht Club Games’ David D’Angelo dropped by the PlayStation Blog today with one goal in mind: Show off Kratos. The ash-covered ball of fury was revealed earlier this year in a trailer for Shovel Knight. In today’s post, D’Angelo shares a few brief clips of Kratos’ attacks, and discusses how they will plug into the game. We even get to hear the boss music for his encounter.

In case you missed that original trailer, here it is:

According to D’Angelo, Kratos’ appearance in Shovel Knight is, in part, a celebration of the bald barbarian’s 10th anniversary.

Here's what D’Angelo had to say:
Kratos, who is traveling through these lands, is perhaps Shovel Knight's most ferocious opponent yet. However, you can’t just run into Kratos by chance. 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.

Well, that was certainly enigmatic. Then again, as D’Angelo explains, Shovel Knight is already a game packed with secrets. Certain areas and enemies can only be discovered by - pardon the pun - digging deep into the game. And it sounds like you’ll have to do exactly that if you want to match your shovel of justice against the Blades of Chaos.

Originally launched on Nintendo platforms, Shovel Knight is a loving homage to old school games like Mega Man and Castlevania. However, unlike many games that harken back to the days of old, Shovel Knight is designed in earnest, never falling back on inside jokes or nostalgic nods. Instead, it’s just a brilliantly designed game with creative worlds, diabolical bosses, an amazing soundtrack, and dialed-in controls. The game perfectly recreates, and even improves upon, the experiences of the NES/SNES era.

D’Angelo goes on to tease that, much like other bosses in the game, Shovel Knight might also learn a new move or two after defeating the God of War. We’re looking forward to discovering more answers once the “Blue Burrower” finally arrives on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita in less than two weeks as part of the Spring Fever event on April 21.
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