Comcept is promising that handheld versions of Mighty No. 9 will still be delivered sometime this year, despite backers' intense skepticism and speculation otherwise.
"They are not being canceled, we are still in the process of porting," Comcept said in a backers-only note posted yesterday, the first note to backers since mid-September. "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."
The "recent adjustment" perhaps references Level-5's acquisition of Comcept. "Although there are plans to close Comcept as it currently stands in the future, I will take responsibility for the titles I’m working on until the end," founder and Mighty No. 9 creator Keiji Inafune told Famitsu.
Nintendo blogger Daniel Vuckovic posted the note to backers on his Twitter feed, appending a laughing-until-crying emoji to it.
Mighty No. 9's beleaguered lifespan of repeated delays, culminating in a disappointing game, has made it almost a punchline for bad Kickstarter projects. Its crowdfunding campaign began in 2013 and in the course of raising $3,845,170, continually added platforms as stretch goals. In the end, 11 were promised. The PlayStation Vita and 3DS versions were promised after funding surpassed $3.5 million and will be the last two to launch.
Mighty No. 9 launched June 21, 2016 to generally disappointed reviews, compounding backers' disappointment that had accrued through three delays and an absurd promotional trailer a month before launch.
For those wondering about physical rewards, Destructoid says they're still being "worked on" with a planned mid-August delivery date.