3rd Delay’s A Charm For Mighty No. 9?
When Mighty No. 9 was delayed the first time, most fans forgave the change and were content to wait until it was ready. When it was delayed a second time, the frustration began to build, but many people were willing to give the benefit of the doubt to a developer with a solid track record.
What about when a game’s release date is changed a 3rd time? Not only has Mighty No. 9 been delayed AGAIN, but now it’s February 9th release date has been changed to “Spring 2016.”
In a post on their kickstarter page, the game’s creator, Keiji Inafune, posted an explanation and apology to fans. He sites problems with matchmaking as the major reason for the delay. The issue is “rooted in bugs inside the network modes,” and “the solution for each platform is slightly different.” Additionally, Inafune states that “the engine we are using is no longer being updated,” which leaves his team the tedious task of making adjustments manually.
To his credit, Inafune takes complete responsibility for this additional delay:
“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 this 3rd delay of the game, we have no excuses for disappointing our fans and especially our backers once more. We want to take this chance to express our sincerest apologies to everyone who has looked forward to the release.”
Most of us can empathize with the frustrations of a project that gets derailed unexpectedly, but the reality is that when a game has been pushed back as many times as Mighty No. 9, the interest level is bound to decrease. As a result, the sales numbers may not be as great as they would have been if the game had been able to hit one of its target release dates.
Until they are able to confirm the fixes to the network bugs, the game is now slated for a Spring 2016 release, and Inafune is hoping to have a specific release date for Mighty No. 9 as soon as possible.