It’s annoying when games get delayed, especially when you’ve already waited one or two years since the original announcement. Unfortunately, if you’re a fan of upcoming titles Lego Marvel’s Avengers or Mighty No. 9, then I’m afraid I am the bearer of bad news. Both titles have been delayed until 2016; however, there is a small silver lining that may offer some comfort until each release date.
First off, Lego Marvel’s Avengers hasn’t suffered too much on the delay front and has an official release date of January 26, 2016 in North America and January 29, 2016 in Europe. The game was originally penned for some time in late 2015, so it misses the mark by a few weeks. Just think of it as a belated Christmas present. To further alleviate your frustration, GameStop has confirmed that customers will have the option to pre-order the game along with an exclusive Silver Centurion Iron Man Lego minifigure.
Also announced for the title are a few in-game surprises by way of extra playable characters. These include Sam Wilson’s Captain America and America Chavez, as well as the intriguing Stan-buster. No prizes for guessing that this is basically Iron Man’s Hulkbuster suit as if it were originally built by Marvel legend Stan Lee, and will feature Stan’s trademark moustache and glasses on the helmet.
Meanwhile, over at Mighty No.9 developer, Comcept, the news isn’t as positive. Rumors have been circulating since July this year regarding a delay with the title. Today, this was made official in an update sent out to Kickstarter backers, part of which read as follows:
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.
Although Comcept hasn’t given an official release date for 2016, there can be some comfort in the knowledge that the studio has held Mighty No.9 back to address and fix any outstanding issues that would otherwise leave the game less than perfect. Personally, if a delay means that Mighty No.9 will be everything I want it to be and more when it does finally release, then I am happy to wait.