Confirming the rumors that had swirled for a week or so, indie developer Comcept announced yesterday via email that its upcoming title Mighty No 9 will be delayed from its previously given release date of September 15.
In a special email sent to backers of the original Kickstarter campaign for the game (as well as backers of Comcept’s more recent Kickstarter, Red Ash: The Kalkannon Incident) the developer mentioned how trouble with the game’s online score-sharing component was not fully operational and would likely not be by the game’s previous release date, so the decision was made to set the date for sometime in “Q1 2016”, meaning anywhere between January and March of next year.
While an official announcement regarding the delay of the game will be made at Gamescom 2015 (and has not been made as of this writing), the email was sent to illustrate Comcept’s desire to keep the game’s backers informed. The email further promised to let backers know once a “solid” release date is set. The company sent out similar emails for both the Mighty No 9 Kickstarter to inform backers of publisher Deep Silver’s involvement after the campaign ended, as well as to backers of Red Ash to make them aware of the publishing deal signed with Chinese publisher FUZE.
It’s been a rough few weeks for Comcept, a studio headed by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. This delay announcement comes almost immediately on the heels of the Kickstarter campaign for Red Ash failing to meet its goal, despite the involvement of a publisher who will be bringing the game to shelves regardless of the Kickstarter’s success – or failure as the case may be. Luckily, our early preview of Mighty N0. 9 showed a game that was already well on its way to being a fun throwback platformer – hopefully this delay just buys Comcept the extra time needed to make it as great as it can be.