The game that has come to represent Kickstarter development hell is finally getting a solid release date - allegedly.
The lead developer for the game, Keiji Inafune, released this statement today, apologizing once again for all of the delays so far, and promising that this release date will be the real deal. (via)
Firstly, I would like to say again how sincerely sorry we are for how long we have kept all of our fans waiting. We are finally able to deliver some long awaited news regarding Mighty No. 9. We have now confirmed the following release dates for Mighty No. 9: June 21st 2016 (North America & Asia) and June 24th 2016 (World Wide). We understand that as a result of the various delays we have disappointed and let down our fans, but we are happy to finally be able to deliver the game to everyone who brought us this far.
So, I guess we can finally breathe a sigh of relief? Personally, I'm still not going to believe this until I can buy the game off the shelf. This title has seen so many delays in the 2 years that we've been waiting for it that this seems like just another promise waiting to be broken.
Though Inafune did make sure to delay at least part of the release:
With the game having “gone gold” we are in the last final stages of being able to deliver it into your hands, be that via your favorite retail outlet, or via digital channels. Therefore the release date we are announcing is set in stone and there will be no further delays for the game. Portable versions for PlayStation® Vita and Nintendo 3DS ™ will follow at a later point.
He really went out on a limb, saying this is it, no more delays for the development of the game. I want to believe, Inafune, but I've been burned too many times.