Mighty No. 9 has bad luck when it comes to release dates. The game’s release was moved from spring 2015 to September first. Then, it was delayed until 2016 due to bugs in the game’s multiplayer programming.
To make up for these delays, Comcept prepared a demo for the game’s Kickstarter backers. Now, that demo has been delayed because of issues with DRM.
The demo was meant to be released on Sept. 15, the game’s original release date. Details for the demo were even posted on the Mighty No. 9 website. The Steam demo would contain four stages with cutscenes, Challenge Mode stages, and a code for Mighty Gunvolt.
Sept. 15 passed and no backers received codes for the demo. Another news post confirmed that the demo was delayed to an unconfirmed date.
We’ve also been listening to your feedback about preferring to have a demo that is not time-limited. Given the complications with giving you the demo, we came to the conclusion that it would be better to make the demo DRM-free without any time restrictions.
Because this demo is exclusively for you, our backers, we still needed to have a way to get the demo to each of you individually and we’ve been looking into all the options. We’re currently working with our partners at Humble Bundle to prepare the demo for delivery through their service.
Games on Steam are generally bound by the Steam digital rights management, so you cannot play them without launching Steam. It seems the issue with the Mighty No. 9 demo is related to this. Fans wanted access to the demo without using Steam, so the demo release must be redone.
While the demo won’t cost anything for Kickstarter backers, many fans on the game’s forums have expressed frustration with this news because of the game’s many delays. For more on Mighty No. 9 and its development history, check out the news stories below.