Earlier this week, Famitsu (via Gematsu) revealed that Level-5 (Ni no Kuni, Professor Layton) had acquired Mighty No. 9 developer Comcept, renaming it Level-5 Comcept in the process. Today, Level-5 Comcept was officially confirmed by both parties, and the official website shows that the studio’s first game, a mobile title called Dragons & Colonies, is coming to Japan in 2018.
This change for Comcept also affected the development of the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS versions of Mighty No. 9, but in a new Kickstarter update, they announced that the handheld ports should arrive this year:
It’s been a long time since our last update. This is due to some internal adjustment we had in comcept for the past few months, but now everything is back on track! We are very sorry for the long radio silence. Here is what is going with Mighty No. 9:
1. Hand Held versions: They are not being cancelled, we are still in the process of porting. 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. However, everything is back on track now. The developer restarted the porting process in early May, and we estimate to release them within 2017 (it could be earlier, but it’s hard to estimate a more precise date at this point). We will update on this when we have more information.
As for the rest of the physical rewards, most of them have been manufactured and should be shipped out by mid-August.
They also addressed the Level-5 acquisition, teasing that Beck might team up with Level-5 characters in future games:
The “New Company”: This is probably the biggest piece of news. As many of you may have heard, Akihiro Hino (Level-5 CEO), and Keiji Inafune (comcept CEO) will be co-founding a new company “Level5 comcept”. What does this mean, you ask? It means that Akihiro Hino, and Keiji Inafune will be teaming up to make new games!!! This does not affect Mighty No. 9 in any way, but who knows, maybe in the future Beck, and your favorite Level-5 characters may be tagging along in new adventures? The possibilities are limitless here.
Will you play Mighty No. 9 on PS Vita when it eventually comes out?