Heart Machine has abandoned the Wii U and Vita ports of its popular indie hit Hyper Light Drifter, citing poor health issues and problems with getting the platforms to run the game’s engine.
Lead designer Alex Preston explained the situation to Kickstater backers in an apologetic update, saying that the game would essentially need to be built from the ground up to run on either platform. The Vita version just can’t handle the game running natively, and the Wii U version had already been on ice after Nintendo and the makers of the GameMaker engine had a falling out over their license.
Instead of trying to rebuild these games over the next several months, Preston and Heart Machine have just decided to call it quits and focus on updates and additional content for the versions that already exist. Those backers who had opted to get the Wii U or Vita builds will be offered a refund or a chance to switch over to another platform. Anyone with the option to do so should swap platforms and skip out on the refund. Hyper Light Drifter is awesome, and your money was well spent backing it.
What can we say? Them’s the breaks. We’ve seen far worse situations emerge from Kickstarter, and Heart Machine did a fantastic job creating a game worthy of its unexpected success.
I was enjoying Hyper Light Drifter a lot earlier this year, but I lost my save file after hard resetting my laptop back to factory settings. I decided to hold out for the Vita version, since that’s become my default indie machine these days, so I’m slightly bummed at the news. However, this story just gives me more incentive to fire the game back up and finally beat it on the PC!