Mega Man creator returns with brand new property Mighty No. 9.
Pleasing news from Kickstarter this week, as former Capcom guru Keiji Inafune has more than hit his target for an upcoming 2D platformer of…whisper it…mega proportions.
The co-designer of the legendary Mega Man character and producer of the Dead Rising series has thanked fans in a Kickstarter video for (as of this evening) almost doubling his $900,000 target for an “all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game” by the name of Mighty No. 9.
Dubbed by Edge magazine as “a spiritual successor” to his Mega Man series, the game follows Beck, a powerful robot codename ‘number 9’, as he chases down his eight predecessors to get to the cause of the mysterious virus which has corrupted them. Although it’s only concept art which has made it to the Kickstarter page so far, it looks like a hell of a lot of fun – which is something we’ll all hopefully concur with when the game launches in spring 2015.
Beck’s powers include the ability to acquire new weapons and abilities from the enemies he kills, as well as the ability to change shapes and add talents as needed. From magnets for hands to walking up walls, Number 9 appears versatile indeed.
Much like his creator, who made his name on the Mega Man series while Nintendo was just finding its feet. He told Kotaku that, while the benefits of having his own company with which to make the games he wants to make are many, he can also carry on doing the exact sort of thing which made him – and Capcom – industry giants.
“…when there’s this many people out there saying, ‘This is what I want. This is what I want. This is what I want,’ then, obviously, I would love to listen to that as a creator.”
Mighty No.9 is planned for the PC, but if the stretch goal of $2.2 million is made within the next 26 days (given that it met the goal within 24 hours), we can also expect to see home console versions.
So what do we reckon? Excited for a spiritual successor to Mega Man?