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Comcept USA has announced the official release date for Mighty No. 9, the spiritual spin-of to the highly popular but often disregarded Mega Man franchise. Comcept has signed a deal with Deep Silver, pushing the official release date back from spring all the way to September 15th.
Over on the Kickstarter page Comcept gave a huge update on the progress of the game. They've mentioned that they've signed a deal with Deep Silver as their publisher and that the game will get a retail release.
According to the Kickstarter update, they acknowledge that the game's spring release window has been axed in favor of the end-of-summer, start-of-fall window. They mention that this will give them more time to polish the game, performing more quality assurance testing – a highly under-utilized step in today's video game production cycle, and anyone who backed the game should be happy that they're putting more time into the QA process, especially after AAA disasters like Assassin's Creed Unity and Battlefield 4 – as well as adding more content to the overall package.
So what's the new content? Well, in addition to the English voiceovers they're also adding in Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Polish and Portuguese language support as well, all at no extra cost.
The game will also include a new downloadable content map called the “Abandon Lab Stage”, as well as a new boss battle and the option to play as Ray.
All of the extra content will be free for backers, who were already penned in to get the base game for free when it's done and available.
For everyone else, the digital version of the game will carry a $19.99 price tag while the retail edition will be available for $29.99.
Mighty No. 9 was originally Kickstarted back in the fall of 2013. The game managed to surpass its original goal in just one day. Slowly and surely new videos and materials released giving gamers a look at how the progress of the game was coming along, showing a very promising take on the original Mega Man concept.
Back January of this year, it was announced that Mighty No. 9 was finished and was scheduled for the spring roll out, however things kind of turned around when Deep Silver stepped into the picture. This isn't the first time a publisher swooped in on a crowd-funded project; Bandai Namco Games also stepped in to provide publishing support to the crowd-funded Project CARS, which will now land on retail shelves for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC this May.
The real question is how well did gamers take the announcement by Comcept USA for Mighty No. 9? Well, there's a lot of skepticism about the publisher getting involved, and rightfully so. The whole point of Kickstarter was to avoid all the shenanigans involving publishers, Metacritic bonuses, and stipulations that worked against both the developer and the consumer.
Some of the backers of Mighty No. 9 are still a little peeved about an incident involving a former community manager who stirred the pot at Comcept, while others are leery about how things may turn out now that Deep Silver has stepped into the picture. Even still, some Kickstarter backers are just happy they're getting more content and that the game is set to arrive on home consoles and PC this September.