Mizuguchi confirms Ninety-Nine Nights delay

Japanese release of anticipated Xbox 360 game slides from January to spring due to quality-assurance issues.

A week after Japanese retailers reported that Ninety-Nine Nights will be delayed from January to spring 2006, the rumor has been confirmed by the game's producer, Tetsuya Mizuguchi. No North American release date has been announced for the game.

In an interview with Famitsu Xbox 360, Mizuguchi commented that he is pushing back Ninety-Nine Nights' release date to ensure its quality. While he admits that the delay will cause consternation for gamers and retailers, he decided that releasing a game of inferior quality would disappoint even more people.

Famitsu Xbox 360's article features a co-interview with Mizuguchi, founder of Q Entertainment. and Sang Youn Lee of developer Phantagram. The two studios are working together on Ninety-Nine Nights, which was about 80 percent complete as of the time of the interview. Currently, the developers are working on giving more realistic movement to the armies in the game. By tuning the game's artificial intelligence, Lee hopes to make individual characters more responsive to situations so that they move more naturally as a group.

Looking back at his project, Mizuguchi revealed that he originally had two game ideas for the Xbox 360. He decided to go with Ninety-Nine Nights, which was originally called Fantasy Core. Lee revealed that his studio was originally planning to make its own game called Strident, but he decided to work with Mizuguchi after they met. Lee commented that it took just about a week before he settled on Ninety-Nine Nights, turning down offers from other companies.

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22 comments
soulknight63133
soulknight63133

I Just hope it's more in-depth than "Dynasty Warriors". Good game but get's too repititious really fast.

bemaniac
bemaniac

it could be region free like ridge racer and perfect dark and have full english lang options for us in the uk and you guys in the states to import :)

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I really hope this game gets announced for the North American market. I've been interested in this game since the release of the 1st screenshot.

Dark-Hero1991
Dark-Hero1991

Why does this game have to be delayed. I don't care about the other games but this 1, their just taking the p*** now.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

^ Well said, this is nothing new, expect alot of delays, it hasn't even been a month since XB360 made its debut. Next generation also means anything can happen at any point in time. Just embrace it.

LiliShake
LiliShake

Give 'em a break. Developers haven't really worked with multicore processors since, well.. the Sega Saturn (more or less). I'm sure there's a bit of a learning curve, so delays aren't all that suprising.

ewjim
ewjim

All this delays on Xbox360 is only beginning...

shaktisingh
shaktisingh

Yeah, delay is fine as long it improves the game. I'm thinking we'll see good quality next-gen by the time PS3 releases.

CyphenX
CyphenX

We've hear developers say "we're delaying it so it's finished-er" thousands of times, although from what he said this time, it looks as though they actually played the game, looked and what could be better, and are trying to make it better. I'd accept a delay for that.

Eribuster_basic
Eribuster_basic

I did try Dynasty Warriors. Or to be exact, Samurai Warriors for a few weeks. Fun and memorable stuff, especially with the characters and each of their stories (Keiji Maeda rocks!). So, I still stand by my previous comment. A beat 'em up needs a few special somethings in order to be great and memorable. Otherwise, it ends up falling flat.

Jimbokundesu
Jimbokundesu

"Take your time, dev team. Annhilating thousands of soldiers requires a certain quaility of the highest order in order for it to be timeless." not really...try dynasty warriors sometime...

Bawishe
Bawishe

I think that this game will be ok, but he should have stayed with making puzzle games.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

as long the result is worth it, I can wait as long as it takes

nemesis8722
nemesis8722

Is Microsoft getting smart about this console release stuff? Very surprising.

VGMusicFreak
VGMusicFreak

i sure as hell think that it is a killer app compared to other crappy EA and Rare titles. ninety nine nights is one of the few games id buy the system for of all them announced so far.

Basinboy
Basinboy

Looks okay to me. Delays might suck, but they're good for the final product.

UnlivedPhalanx
UnlivedPhalanx

I don't understand why people complain if a developer wants more time to ensure their product is quality. The same people would say it felt rushed if they didn't. You are fighting a one sided battle veratronator.

jordan003
jordan003

i would rather wait and get a better quality game than to get it now and have it be crappy.

boyblob
boyblob

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Eribuster_basic
Eribuster_basic

Take your time, dev team. Annhilating thousands of soldiers requires a certain quaility of the highest order in order for it to be timeless.

DixieNormS
DixieNormS

Well, everything else is being delayed so why not this. But it's for the best. We shall hope.