After a disappointing delay to Q1 2016, and an even more disappointing anime Kickstarter (albeit for different reasons), Mighty No. 9 developers Comcept and Inti Creates are offering a “trial version” of the game as an apology for the delays and confusion.
The trial version is accessible by backers only, and will begin on September 15, continuing on for a month. The trial is PC-only (in spite of the game coming to most platforms), and will include “all relevant cutscenes” and voice and subtitle options.
The trial consists of four levels, three of which have already been playable through various demos, and six challenge mode stages. The three stages we’ve seen before will have enemies in different locations this time and will receive some sort of visual upgrade.
All backers will also receive a free code for Mighty Gunvolt on Steam, a side-scrolling platformer also by Inti Creates, featuring three playable characters, including the hero of Mighty No. 9.
This is all well and good, but the development of Mighty No. 9 has been a series of announcements that should have been made sooner. The initial delay announcement was prolonged until rumor and speculation forced it, and the announcement of this trial would have been better received alongside the delay announcement. Even the trial itself doesn’t seem particularly spectacular, especially when paired with the statement that the single player is “basically done”.
Hopefully, Mighty No. 9 turns out to be really, really excellent to make up for all the nonsense.
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