Mighty No. 9, the spiritual successor to the Mega Man series, has been delayed for a third time.
Keiji Inafune, the creator of both games, told Kickstarter backers of the project in an update earlier today that a number of matchmaking bugs in the game’s online multiplayer is the reason it has to be postponed from its February 9th launch date.
While a new release date was not set in stone, Inafune said “we expect it to realistically be in Spring 2016.”
Might No. 9 was originally scheduled to launch in April 2015. It was delayed to September 15th, 2015 and then, when it became clear it would not be ready for release then, it was pushed back to February 9th 2016.Inafune had blamed the delays on the large number of platforms for the side-scroller and the quality checks that each one needs.
The game was backed by more than 67,000 donors who gave more than $4 million during its September 2013 fund drive. Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS versions were all added as donors met stretch goals beginning at the $1.35 million mark. Mighty No. 9 was originally promised just for Windows PC.
Again, Inafune cited the number of platforms as the cause for the indefinite delay. Additionally, “the engine we are using is no longer being updated, which means adjustments for matchmaking and online code are being made manually,” Inafune wrote. “Unfortunately, this is all a result of miscalculations on the part of us, the development staff,” Inafune added. “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.”
Last October, Inafune promised that the game would not be delayed again.
Mighty No. 9‘s repeated delays have had ramifications elsewhere for Inafune and Comcept. Last summer, Inafune opened another crowdfunding campaign for a successor to the Mega Man Legends franchise, seeking $800,000 and falling well short of that.
$4 million donated and the game continues to be delayed. Do you think this means that Mighty No. 9 will never see the light of day? Let us know what you think in the comments.