The development cycle of Mighty No. 9 has been something of a roller coaster. The game reached massive funding success on Kickstarter and earlier this year, Keiji Inafune released a statement that said his team was hard at work putting the final touches on the game, with an expected release date of sometime in April. That date was eventually pushed back to September, but now the game has been officially delayed until 2016.
We first saw hints that Mighty No. 9 could be delayed after several retail outlets were given the 2016 release date and reflected that on their websites. Now in an email sent to backers, the delay has been confirmed ahead of the Gamescom announcement that makes it official.
Although we understand that everyone was looking forward to playing Mighty No. 9 as soon as possible, a release delay is going to be announced for the game at Gamescom 2015, which is currently being held in Cologne, Germany.
This is a project that would not have existed without the support of our backers, so we at least wanted to deliver this news to our backers before it is officially announced.
We are unable to confirm a final release date at this time, however we will be aiming for a release in Q1 2016. Once a solid release date is set, we will announce it immediately to our backers and fans.
Of course, it is important to explain why exactly the game is being delayed. 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.
Currently, comcept and their partners are working at full capacity to resolve these issues and fix any remaining bugs.
The full copy of the email was made available on the NeoGAF forums, right now the announcement is on the official forums for the game and only backers can see it. Regardless, it seems like they have several issues that need to be worked through. Did you support this Kickstarter? Are you regretting your decision or are you happy to wait for the game?
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