There seems to be no end in sight to the trainwreck that is Mighty No. 9.
The game officially released today, and while backers of the Kickstarter received their codes for their console of choice already, some backers were sent an email stating that the game was delayed on Xbox 360, Mac and Linux.
Here’s a snippet of the email:
Unfortunately, we do have two pieces of bad news regarding the Mighty No. 9 release. There were issues regarding the publishing process for the Xbox 360 version of the game, and a certification bug was found in the final round of testing which is delaying the release of that version for several days. Our team has already re-submitted the build to Deep Silver (and to Microsoft), and we expect it to go gold within a few days if all goes according to plan. For the backers who chose that platform we are supplying Steam keys so that those users are not left behind on release day. Once the Xbox 360 version is ready for release we will send out those codes to the relevant backers ASAP.
The Mac/Linux Steam builds of the game are also in final testing by Deep Silver. These two versions of the game should be ready within a few days as well. We will keep our backers updated as the situation evolves.
This is a very hard pill to swallow for some people, especially after the disastrous trailer, initial review scores, and the director, Keiji Inafune, himself publicly saying that the game is “better than nothing” during the launch livestream.
Here’s the full quote:
“So there’s not any additional DLC beyond the Ray (an additional antagonist) DLC. The reality is they put everything into making this game. They didn’t try to microtransaction it out, they didn’t try to DLC it out for extra money. They put it all in. So, for now, this is what you see and what you get, for the Mighty No. 9 world. But, again, we can hope that if things go well, there’ll be sequels. Because I’ll tell you what, I’m not getting my 2D side-scrolling fill. And at the end of the day, even if it’s not perfect, it’s better than nothing. At least, that’s my opinion.”
I think everyone, including Inafune-san, just wants the first round of Mighty No. 9 to be over with. We will have to see the direction the new franchise will go, as there are potentially more games, a manga series, and even a live movie confirmed to be in discussion.