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Comcept Finally Comes Clean To Backers On Mighty No. 9 Delay

by Mike Futter on Aug 05, 2015 at 04:27 AM

Last week, we reported that Mighty No. 9 has been delayed into 2016. At the time Comcept and publisher Deep Silver declined to comment. Now, the silence has been broken.

Comcept posted the news on the official backer forums, but publisher Deep Silver also sent us a brief statement making it official. "We can acknowledge that the game will no longer meet it's current release date and will now in fact appear in Q1 2016," a Deep Silver representative told us via email. "We will announce a firm release date and further details once we have it later."

According to backer reports, Comcept cites bugs and necessary quality assurance testing as the reason for the delay. Comcept has had a run of problems, failing in its effort to raise funds for a second project, Red Ash.

However, thanks to Chinese investor Fuze, Red Ash will eventually see release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Mighty No. 9 is playable at Gamescom this week.

Our Take
The timing here hints at my suspicions from our original report. Comcept held the news until after the close of the Red Ash Kickstarter. It then announced the news to backers in the middle of the night in North America and during EA's press conference at Gamescom. This at least appears to have been done to mute the backlash, which based on comments we've seen on social media, has backfired. Holding this information from backers for weeks did nothing to engender trust, and Comcept must now rebuild its reputation.