Saturday 3 December 2016

Mighty No 9 delayed again!

Paul Mallon

Published 25/01/2016 | 12:14

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The Mega Man sequel you always wanted but couldn't officially get will slip from its proposed release date again according to a blog post

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Back in September 2013, a Kickstarter appeared for a game called Mighty No 9. It was a successor to the Mega Man series in all but name, including the involvement of original creator Keiji Inafune. Almost $4 million was pledged in this first campaign, ensuring the project would be able to reach many of its stretch goals and present an impressive platforming title for fans around the world.

The original proposed release date was April 2015 and that has come and gone, with a revised release set for the 9th of February 2016. Production had been racing ahead to allow that to happen, and at only 10 months beyond the original date it's actually quite reasonable for a project on this scale. Now, another delay is happening.

Inafune himself took to Kickstarter for another update today, which confirmed that they would be missing the Feb release, and that it would now arrive in 'Spring 2016' - which could be any time up to May realistically speaking. The reason is all to do with network code:

"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solution for each platform is slightly different) and the other stems from the fact that the engine we are using is no longer being updated which means adjustments for matchmaking and online code are being made manually (actually reprogramming parts of the engine by the dev team themselves).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. 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...

Although we are far past our original release date, the release of Mighty No. 9 is still right around the corner. 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."

Disappointing stuff certainly, but most fans won't mind waiting a little longer...

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