It may come a few months later than expected, but Mighty No. 9 will see a worldwide release this Fall, complete with boxed retail versions and DLC.
Back in 2013, Keiji Inafune and the rest of Comcept took to Kickstarter with hopes of creating a worthy spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise. The newly formed independent team opened a Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9, with an asking total of $900,000; fans and those of the new project pledged more than $3.8 million, securing console, handheld and computer releases of the Mega Man successor. Comcept was briefly under fire from Kickstarter backers, as the company began another crowdfunding campaign for extra content; during SGC 2015, Inafune clarified that the new, passive campaign was strictly for additional content, and the original funds were put towards developing the base game.
Inafune released a new progress update through Kickstarter this morning, informing fans and backers on the current state of Mighty No. 9. While the original Kickstarter campaign was shooting for a Spring 2015 release- later changed to April 2015- Mighty No. 9 is now confirmed to release worldwide in mid-September. North American audiences will see Mighty No. 9 on 9/15, with the international release following on 9/18.
The PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC/Mac/Linux versions will all release on the previously stated dates, while the PS Vita and 3DS versions will arrive “at a later date”. The next-gen versions (PS4. Xbox One, Wii U) will also see a physical boxed-release, courtesy of Mighty No. 9‘s new publisher, Deep Silver. According to Inafune and Deep Silver, the partnership allows Comcept to add even more content to the game:
Not only will Deep Silver will be responsible for regional localization, but the new partnership allows for the implementation of Japanese and French voice-acting (English acting is underway), and additional DLC. A new press release from the publisher reveals the “Ray DLC”: The “Abandoned Lab Stage” concludes with a climactic battle between Beck and Ray; defeating Beck’s arch-rival will allow players to control Ray as an additional character for the remainder of the game. The Ray DLC will be available to everyone with a copy of Mighty No. 9, however Kickstarter backers will receive the additional content absolutely free.
Again, Mighty No. 9 will release across North America on 9/15, with the international release following on 9/18. The handheld versions will arrive on a later date.