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Mighty No. 9 Hero Arrives in Gal Gunvolt Despite Comcept’s Delays

If you’re eagerly awaiting Keiji Inafune’s new Mega Man-inspired indie sidescroller Mighty No. 9, then you have both lost and gained ground this week. On Wednesday, developer Comcept confirmed speculation that the release of Mighty No. 9 had been delayed till 2016.

“As we have communicated in the updates to our backers, all of the core content for the game is developed and in a complete state…However, there are still bugs and issues pertaining to the online features that are included in the game. These bugs and issues have a direct affect on enjoyment of the game, so a decision was made to work these issues out before release.”

It certainly hasn’t been the best week for Comcept, given that their kickstarter campaigns for Mega Man Legends-successor Red Ash concluded to mixed results. The Red Ash animation cleared its funding goal with change to spare, while the Red Ash game did not. Ultimately the game was funded by an outside backer anyway, but Comcept’s PR continues to prove…shaky.

The good news is that despite Comcept’s delays, you can still go ahead and play Mighty No. 9′s hero, Beck, anyway. Inti Creates, the studio behind Mega Man 9, Mega Man Zero, and Mega Man ZX just released Gal Gunvolt to Japanese PS4 and PS Vita yesterday. It’s a port of their 3DS 8-bit sidescrolling mashup Mighty Gunvol, which adds Beck as a playable character to the previous roster of Gal Gun‘s Ekoro and Azure Striker Gunvolt‘s hero, Gunvolt.

The game’s presentation may lack the modern sheen of Comcept’s upcoming 2.5D iteration, but if Megaman 9 is any indication, then 8-bit is where Inti Creates shines, and the game should still manage deliver solid, classic gameplay. Since each character has their own attacks and movement abilities, playing Beck in Gal Gunvolt should give you a pretty good idea of what he’ll feel like in Mighty No. 9.

The only question is, since the Gal Gunvolt has only been released in Japan, can you still play it? Inti Creates currently has no plans for any localizations, but the little-known fact is: PSN is not region-locked!

Sony allows you to get the Japanese PSN store on your American PS4 or PS Vita, so if you want to grab the Japanese version of the game and play it blind to the in-game dialog text, you are totally free to do so. There are guides on how to do this here and here, and there are many more sources awaiting on Google and Youtube. Enjoy!

Source: Silicon Era