Mighty No. 9 has been a long time coming. After starting life as one of the most successful video game Kickstarter campaigns ever, the game has been delayed twice and undergone a number of controversies.
Make that three delays. Just when it appeared that the game would officially release on February 9, developer Comcept has taken to the game's official Kickstarter page to announce that actually won't be the case. The developer says network and matchmaking issues are to blame, at least in part because the engine the developers are using (Unreal Engine 3) is no longer supported by Epic.
"Unfortunately, this is all a result of miscalculations on the part of us, the development staff," Mighty No. 9 creator Keji Inafune writes on the game's Kickstarter page. "As a result, our fans who have been looking forward to Mighty No. 9 have been forced to wait for over half a year longer than expected, and for that we are sincerely sorry. I want to take this chance to apologize personally, and on the behalf of the development staff."
Inafune says the team won't be issuing a specific new release date until the game is confirmed to be ready, but did offer up a spring 2016 release window. That window means it's likely that Mighty No. 9 will arrive close to a year after it was originally promised. Given how many Kickstarter's stumble and failr outright, it's at least encouraging to see Concept come forward with some transparency on the issues preventing the game from release.
"Although we are far past our original release date, the release of Mighty No. 9 is still right around the corner," Inafune says. "We are all working hard to make sure that we can finish and release the game to all of our fans as quickly as possible, and ask once more for your support of this project that we have created together over these last few years."
Fans will have to wait a little longer to play their long-awaited Mega Man successor, but hopefully it will be worth the wait.