Mighty No. 9 Gets Another Delay
It turns out that Mighty No. 9 won’t be making its February release.
The game was originally given an estimated release for April of 2015, but its first delay pushed it to September 15th. Fall comes rolling in and it gets delayed to February 9, 2016. As we’re nearing the end of January, a recent update from Keiji Inafune states that due to problems with the games online mode, him and those over at Comcept have decided to delay it for the third time.
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solution for each platform is slightly different) and the other stems from the fact that the engine we are using is no longer being updated which means adjustments for matchmaking and online code are being made manually (actually reprogramming parts of the engine by the dev team themselves).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.
For now, there is no launch date. Inafune does mention that after these issues have been resolved the release of Mighty No. 9 should “realistically be in Spring 2016”. For a game that had 67,226 backers and raised almost $4 million just to be delayed because of online issues is beyond ridiculous. After being pushed back this many times, expectations for MN9 have reached a new high. With that being said, at this point I’m worried many of those expectation won’t be met.
What are your thoughts on this? How many delays is one too many? Is a simple 2D/3D platformer worth delaying again? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and make sure to stay tuned to Junkie Monkeys for all your gaming news.