If you were one of the backers who backed the Kickstarter for Hyper Light Drifter and selected either Wii U or PlayStation Vita as your platform of choice, well, I’ve got some bad news for you. Yesterday, Alex Preston from Heart Machine, creators of Hyper Light Drifter, posted a video Kickstarter update for backers of the game, revealing that the Wii U and Vita versions have been officially cancelled. The primary reason for this, according to Preston, is problems with the Game Maker engine the game was built with; according to him, in order for the Wii U and Vita ports to work, they would need to completely rebuild the game from the ground up in a different engine, which… yeah, that’s not happening. All is not lost, though. If you did back and request a key for Wii U or Vita, Heart Machine will give you another key for a different platform free of charge or, if you so choose, refund your donation.
Y’know, the Vita is one thing, I don’t really care about that, but it seems a little silly that indie devs have to skip out on a primary platform like the Wii U because of some programming kerfuffle on Nintendo’s part. It’s almost as though Nintendo has no idea what it’s doing with its hardware. Nah.