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Mighty No. 9 officially delayed to 2016

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Comcept and Keiji Inafune's spiritual successor to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9, won't make its previously announced release date. The side-scrolling action game is now expected to arrive sometime in early 2016, the developer announced in a backers-only forum post today, confirming rumors of a delay.

The developer says it's now "aiming for" a release during the first quarter of next year.

"As we have communicated in the updates to our backers, all of the core content for the game is developed and in a complete state," a post on the game's official forums reads. "However, there are still bugs and issues pertaining to the online features that are included in the game. These bugs and issues have a direct affect on enjoyment of the game, so a decision was made to work these issues out before release.

"Currently, comcept and their partners are working at full capacity to resolve these issues
and fix any remaining bugs."

Mighty No. 9 was originally estimated for an April 2015 release, according to its Kickstarter campaign.

The news of Mighty No. 9's delay comes after weeks of speculation about a delay, based on retail listings that indicated the game was being pushed to 2016. It also comes a few days after another Comcept video game project, Red Ashfailed to meet its fundraising goal on Kickstarter.