Since late July, there have been rumours circulating of an impending release date change for the Mega Man-like Mighty No. 9. Today, developer Comcept has confirmed a delay in an update sent out to the game's Kickstarter backers.
The update, which cites "bugs and issues [with] a direct effect on [the] enjoyment of the game" as the reason for the delay to the first quarter of 2016, was delivered prior to a public announcement at gamescom 2015. Here are the relevant bits:
We are unable to confirm a final release date at this time, however we will be aiming for a release in Q1 2016. Once a solid release date is set, we will announce it immediately to our backers and fans.
Of course, it is important to explain why exactly the game is being delayed. 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. 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.
Hopefully, Mighty No. 9 will arrive at some point during Q1 2016 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, 3DS and Wii U.