The Mighty No. 9 team announced today that they will be discontinuing the beta on May 20th. So if you're a backer, you have to act now to get in your last bit of game time before the beta goes away. There is no indication when the beta may return.
This is what they had to say in regards to why:
Speaking of the porting process, we’ve finally gotten to the point where we can’t progress any further with debug and ROM testing while the Steam beta is still running.
This seems like an odd reasoning, as most betas will run for a period of time to only be removed as the game gets ready for launch. Most betas are complementary to the current developer build, constantly being updated to reflect those changes. However, that does not seem to be the case with the Mighty No. 9 beta.
The Mighty No. 9 beta has been going strong for nearly a year now, and its removal may be a puzzle to some. However, with a release date of September 15th, the Mighty No. 9 team may be removing the beta to focus on the final touches these last few months before release.
It is also worthy to note that the team has said this before, with the reasoning being that the beta's end was due to the upcoming release. But since it was delayed to September of this year, the beta continued. In other words, the team may feel Mighty No. 9 is good to go content-wise and are just doing the final parts.
TechRaptor has reached out for further clarification on the reasoning behind removing the beta but have not received a reply yet. We will update when we do.
Are you surprised to see the beta go? Is it too soon or has the beta been around for quite some time already? If you've played the beta, does it seem near enough the point for release a few months from now?