Remember last year when Mighty No. 9 finally came out for consoles, but there was no sign of the handheld versions of the game? Well, believe it or not, they’re still coming.
Last week, Comcept, the developers of the game, had been acquired by Level-5, the creators of the Ni no Kuni and Professor Layton franchises. As a result, they’ve become Level 5 Comcept. However, in the midst of this acquisition, the developer actually felt the need to address what’s happening with the handheld versions of the Mega Man-style platforming adventure.
According to the team, it noted, “It’s been a long time since our last update. This is due to some internal adjustment we had in comcept for the past few months, but now everything is back on track! We are very sorry for the long radio silence. Here is what is going with Mighty No. 9:
Hand Held versions: They are not being cancelled, we are still in the process of porting. The porting had to be put on hold for a while due to the other versions being delayed and the recent adjustment we had in Comcept. However, everything is back on track now. The developer restarted the porting process in early May, and we estimate to release them within 2017 (it could be earlier, but it’s hard to estimate a more precise date at this point). We will update on this when we have more information.”
As for the physical rewards that are tied in with those versions of the game, Comcept noted that they will be coming out by mid-August, so, yes, those who paid for them on Kickstarter will still get something for their investment.
Reception for last year’s Mighty No. 9 wasn’t quite as well received as the developers were hoping, mainly because of the disappointment from fans not getting what they promised. It’s unlikely the 3DS or PlayStation Vita port will change their minds, but you never know – maybe Level 5 Comcept will add something worthwhile to provide a little vindication.