Since its release in July, the game Mighty No. 9 is better known for its various controversies than for its gameplay. The Mega-Man knock-off is now at the center of a new controversy after its developers failed, after repeated requests, to deliver the goods promised to its many backers.
The Kickstarter page for the game has been an absolute storm of raging comments from upset backers who have not been given what they were promised. While the comment section is incredibly difficult to easily sift through, journalist Nick Monroe took the time to find as many as he could and tweeted out a compilation photo.
Backers are claiming to have not received physical rewards or even actual copies of the game. Some, like Bill Budd Jr., are contemplating suing Comcept, the studio behind the game. Mario Lassnig says he has not received anything, including his copies of the game, and he has also not heard from Comcept (the latter being one of the biggest issues backers are dealing with).
Crowdsourcing and video games have had a rough relationship lately, with our Ian Miles Cheong writing about several game-related Kickstarter projects that people used for personal gain in an unethical manner. For the most part, the more ridiculous crowdsourcing attempts fail, but when the project is finished like Mighty No. 9, the people that gave their money deserve what they are promised.
For gamers who were excited for Mighty No. 9, it remains to be seen if they will ever actually get a return on their investment. At the very least, though, they deserve answers.
EDIT: Heat Street attempted to contact Comcept but so far no explanation has been given. This article will be updated if/when new information is available.