The fan-funded Mega Man clone Mighty No. 9 has been delayed. The game is the brainchild of Keiji Inafune — the main illustrator of the original Mega Man on the NES. It received four times the the original goal of its Kickstarter campaign.
Mighty No. 9 was scheduled for a September 15, 2015 launch date. Now it won’t be until at least 2016 before the game is released. Below is a statement posted on the game’s official forums explaining the delay:
We have an important announcement to share with our backers.
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.
In addition, we have received quite a few requests for additional information regarding the various platforms that are part of the platform survey we have sent out.
We have also only managed to receive around half of the total responses needed for the survey.
Considering the fact that the game’s release has been delayed, we are planning to open another platform survey once a final release date has been settled upon.
We will continue to deliver the most up-to-date info to our backers and fans through our forum updates, so please keep an eye out!
We appreciate your support and patience regarding this matter, and look forward to delivering Mighty No. 9 to our backers and fans in the best state possible.
Mighty No. 9 is being published in the United States by Deep Silver on Nintendo 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. We will have more information once it becomes available.
h/t Hardcore Gamer