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At this year's PAX Prime, Comcept USA delivered quite bit of startling news for those who backed the game on Kickstarter, as well as general audiences showing any kind of remote interest in the new successor to the Mega Man franchise, Mighty No. 9.
Over on the official Kickstarter page Comcept updated the contents, letting gamers know that there are some good things in store for backers, as beta keys to the game are being sent out.
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At his Mighty Chat PAX Prime panel, our main man Keiji Inafune just announced the start of the Mighty No. 9 beta testing! Beta-level backers should be receiving their beta code in the next 24 hours, so stay tuned!
If this news has you kind of bummed because you're not a backer or you didn't put in enough money to earn a beta-tier reward, that's fine and dandy because you're still being considered in the long run with the game's Early Access.
It was made known back in the early part of July that Comcept had plans to roll out an Early Access phase for Mighty No. 9.
The game should arrive on Steam before the end of the year, so gamers who really wanted to get in on the action will be able to do so and find out if the game lives up to their financial expectations.
The trailer above comes courtesy of the PAX Prime event that took place over the weekend.
The trailer showcases a few levels and enemies that we've already known about, as well as a few key stages and bosses that are being shown off for the very first time, such as that really rad looking train stage. I get the feeling that it might be one of the favorites of the game.
We also get to see a few more of Beck's transformations, including a Zero-esque inspired melee transformation that allows players to get up close and personal with baddies and do away with them using melee attacks.
Additional powers are also on display, such as the launcher ice-cannon. It looks as if the team put a lot of time and care into fleshing out the gameplay and from what I'm seeing this could be the very best Mega Man game that isn't Mega Man.
I'm also really loving the soundtrack to the game so far; I can't wait to hear more of it. Comcept also really seems to know how to stretch their dollar, because despite getting close to $4 million in crowd-funding, the game looks about on par to what we would expect from a standard AAA studio as far as visual quality and gameplay go. It's very impressive.
Mighty No. 9 is due for release on home consoles and PC in full-form in 2015. You can learn more by paying a visit to the official website.