Keiji Inafune’s Mega Man spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 is facing even more development woes, slipping from its February 9th release date to a more general Spring launch.

In a recent news post for Kickstarter backers, Keiji Inafune explains their reasoning for this further delay:

“Unfortunately, we have an announcement that will be very disappointing to all of you. In preparation for the February release of Mighty No. 9 we have been working hard with our partners to resolve any network issues and porting work necessary to publish Mighty No. 9 on the various platforms. However, the issues relating to the network modes were more critical than expected, and it has become apparent that we will need to delay the game from its February 9th release date. We have been working up until the very last moment to resolve these issues in order to make the February release, but it has become clear that we no longer have enough time to fix the issues and have everything prepared for release

Over the end of the year break and the beginning of 2016, the development staff has been working on these issues non-stop without break, and thanks to their hard work the end is in sight. We continue to make progress to resolve these last issues that have been holding up the release of the game on the different platforms.

Because we are constantly working on it in cooperation with all our partners, we want to wait and make sure that everything is confirmed to be ready before giving a new specific release date. But we expect it to realistically be in Spring 2016.”

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Mighty No. 9 was successfully funded on Kickstarter back in 2013, and was originally scheduled for an April 2015 release. This was pushed back to September 2015, and then to February. Inafune does apologize for these delays at the end of the news post, however, and promises the game is still on track:

“For this 3rd delay of the game, we have no excuses for disappointing our fans and especially our backers once more. We want to take this chance to express our sincerest apologies to everyone who has looked forward to the release.

Although we are far past our original release date, the release of Mighty No. 9 is still right around the corner. We are all working hard to make sure that we can finish and release the game to all of our fans as quickly as possible, and ask once more for your support of this project that we have created together over these last few years.”

Mighty No. 9 will be released across Wii U, PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, with a 3DS and Vita port developed by a third party coming later.

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