Keiji Inafune announced on Kickstarter that the upcoming Mighty No. 9 – set to release February 9, 2016 - has been delayed to Spring 2016. This is the third time that this title has been delayed.
Inafune explained that the game’s online matchmaking system is still experiencing significant issues, (it was the original reason for the game’s first delay) and that his team is hard at work to get it completed:
The reason for the delay is rooted in bugs inside the network modes, and specifically problems with matchmaking. There are two large reasons for this problem, one of them being the large number of platforms supported (the solution for each platform is slightly different) and the other stems from the fact that the engine we are using is no longer being updated which means adjustments for matchmaking and online code are being made manually (actually reprogramming parts of the engine by the dev team themselves). Unfortunately, this is all a result of miscalculations on the part of us, the development staff.
Naturally, this has resulted in many fans and backers of this title being frustrated. Given that this title was originally set to release in September 2015 and that it was conceived under the leadership of Keiji Inafune - the creator of Mega Man - another delay is certainly baffling.
Inafune, once again, has taken to accepting full responsibility for this delay:
For this 3rd delay of the game, we have no excuses for disappointing our fans and especially our backers once more. We want to take this chance to express our sincerest apologies to everyone who has looked forward to the release.
Thankfully, Spring 2016 isn’t too far away. However, with 3 delays, we don’t expect anyone will be holding their breath until then.
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