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Retail listing changes suggest Mighty No. 9 is delayed to 2016

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Retail listings for the console releases of Mighty No. 9 have reverted to a placeholder date for 2016, suggesting the spiritual successor to the Mega Man series is delayed from its earlier announced Sept. 15 launch even as its creator finishes out another two new Kickstarters tied to the new franchise.

Best BuyAmazon and GameStop, which are selling the console editions of Mighty No. 9, published by Deep Silver, now list the game either with a Dec. 31, 2016 placeholder or a "not yet announced" launch date. Deep Silver had announced Mighty No. 9 would launch on Sept. 15 back at the end of April.

The Steam marketplace listing for the game still shows Sept. 15 as the launch date for the Windows PC version. Mighty No. 9's last update to backers is dated July 17.

Game Informer yesterday reported that GameStop — which owns the magazine — said changing a launch date to a placeholder would be a move initiated by the game's publisher. Polygon reached out to a Deep Silver representative this morning to ask if Mighty No. 9 has been delayed; if so, for what platforms, and when a finished product could be anticipated. No response has been received.

Game Informer likewise was unable to get any explanation for the changed dates from Deep Silver or from Comcept. Comcept would not be eager to discuss a delay of the main product — funded at $3,845,170 on Kickstarter back in 2013 — while two days remain on two Kickstarters for Red Ash: The Indelible Legend, which is based on the Mega Man Legends game canceled by Capcom in 2011.

One project is a game for Windows PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Another is an anime. (Deep Silver is not involved with either). Earlier this week, as it became apparent the game's Kickstarter would not make its $800,000 funding target, Comcept announced it had secured a publishing arrangement for the game anyway, and that any funds collected via Kickstarter would be "a contribution to stretch goals from here on out."

The move generated wide suspicion and resentment from supporters. The Kickstarter for the anime also looks like it will fall short of its goal in the next two days. The fundraisers end Monday afternoon ET.

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