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Mighty No. 9 Sparks Controversy With Second Funding Campaign

by Dean James


Just a few days ago, we told you about the reveal of a teaser for a Mighty No. 9 animated series, as well as a new fundraising campaign for the game itself beyond the initial Kickstarter. While saying that no money from the initial campaign or this one will be used on the animated series, many people, especially backers of the original Mighty No. 9 campaign, are extremely angry over this second run.

The Mighty No. 9 campaign this time is strictly going to be using Paypal, with the initial goal being $100,000 to add English voice acting. This sparked a lot of controversy because many felt that with as much as the first campaign made, they could manage some sort of English voices without needing a whole new campaign. However, in the couple days since it has gotten even worse.

The stretch goal was changed to $200,000 and said to include both English and Japanese voice acting. Pretty much everyone thought it was a foregone conclusion that the game would at the very least include Japanese voice acting, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Unless they are really trying to go for big names, which they won’t be, there is really no reason that a company like Comcept couldn’t have added that in themselves without having to beg for more money.

If they were offering truly new bonus content, it would be one thing, but for this is seems ill-timed. Also, they could have put in the voice acting and released the game, and added further bonus content with the money they make off the game itself. They really should be more concerned with finishing it right now than adding more and more beyond the regular game to where it will seem bogged down with extraneous content.

Shovel Knight was created for a fraction of the price through Kickstarter and is already being hailed as a game of the year contender, so with what they’ve earned so far, they really just need to worry about finishing the project before angering the fans further. I’m still extremely excited for Mighty No. 9, but situations like this do sour the game a little bit.

- This article was updated on:August 14th, 2014

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