Normally, I try to keep clear of rumors and hearsay, but this one has a worrying bit of weight behind it.
According to a report from Game Informer, it appears that Comcept's premiere Kickstarter-funded game may miss its release date of September 15th, 2015. The reason that this carries a bit of extra weight is that the information has come directly from GameStop, Game Informer's parent company, who note that "notification of delays such as this one are initiated by the publisher" and that "this indicates that the 2016 placeholder was driven by Deep Silver and Comcept."
Game Informer has reached out to both Comcept and Deep Silver, with the former not yet having responded and the latter declining to comment. I myself have reached out to Comcept as well as a means of due diligence, but have labeled this story as a "rumor" due to the lack of official comment at this time.
Mike Futter of Game Informer adds the following perspective:
At this point, it seems that Comcept isn't confirming the Mighty No. 9 delay, possibly because of the negative impact it would have on the ongoing Red Ash Kickstarter. Deep Silver, which is serving as the publisher for the game, may have its hands tied by the developer (which is why it didn’t offer a statement). If that’s the case, this falls squarely on Comcept’s shoulders and reflects quite poorly on the company. Comcept's first duty is to the backers, and it has failed to notify them of a substantial change.
According to PC Gamer, the date on Amazon has changed as well, with both retailers listing "12/31/16" as the apparent placeholder. Meanwhile, the Steam version currently retains its September 15th release date, perhaps suggesting that the delay may only be for the retail version.
As for Comcept themselves, their latest communication about the game (as of this writing) has simply touted the rewards given at the Electronic Entertainment Expo last month, new fan art, and the following speed run video of the intro stage:
What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree with Game Informer's assessment? Does this worry you? Or is it just online retailers being weird again?
Update: Though Comcept has yet to say anything on the matter officially, a tip from Magnificent Sasquatch (per SegmentNext and Gimme Gimme Games) in the comments below notes that a fellow from the company named Nick has apparently disputed the rumor. From the game's forums:
Hey guys! Just received word from Nick that it’s a mistake. Looks like there was just some miscommunication, no need to worry. The release date is the same!
Update 2: As Rockman brought to my attention in the comments, I apparently forgot to check the date of that story, which is a week old -- older than Game Informer's report, which a more recent post from Gimme Gimme Games now cites.
If anything further on this should develop, I'll keep you posted.