Fans looking forward to Mighty No. 9 might not like some recent news about the game. The release date has been pushed back to sometime in Spring 2016.
A NeoGAF user received a letter from Keiji Inafune via Kickstarter notifying about the delay for Mighty No. 9. The letter is long, but it does explain why the game has been delayed.
Here’s the main gist for the delay: “Unfortunately, we have an announcement that will be very disappointing to all of you. In preparation for the February release of Mighty No. 9 we have been working hard with our partners to resolve any network issues and porting work necessary to publish Mighty No. 9 on the various platforms. However, the issues relating to the network modes were more critical than expected, and it has become apparent that we will need to delay the game from its February 9th release date. We have been working up until the very last moment to resolve these issues in order to make the February release, but it has become clear that we no longer have enough time to fix the issues and have everything prepared for release.
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solution for each platform is slightly different) and the other stems from the fact that the engine we are using is no longer being updated which means adjustments for matchmaking and online code are being made manually (actually reprogramming parts of the engine by the dev team themselves).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.”
The rest of the letter says that Spring 2016 is a more realistic release window for Mighty No. 9. It also apologizes to the fans for yet another delay. However, the team is working hard now finish the game once and for all.