Mega Man Creator Keiji Inafune Launches Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter

by Mike Bendel August 31, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

It’s no secret that fans are chomping at the bit for more Mega Man, and understandably so, after Capcom decided to cancel multiple titles in the franchise — namely Mega Man Legends 3 and Mega Man Universe. In fact, aside from retro throwbacks, we haven’t seen a true Mega Man successor this generation. With no future titles in sight, at least officially, former Capcom staffer and Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune has taken to Kickstater to help fund his next project — Mighty No. 9.

Mighty No. 9 looks to fill the void for fans that have been patiently waiting for a more modern take on a 2D platformer riddled with robotic villains and powerups. While the estimate release date of April 2015 suggests the effort is still in the early stages, it’s clear from the concept art and project direction that this oozes Mega Man.

There’s a wealth of information up on the official Kickstarter page, complete with a breakdown of who’s involved, reward tiers, and platform specifics. Make no mistake, this is a high-profile project. Naoya Tomita of Mega Man 2 level design fame and Manami Matsumae — responsible for the original Mega Man soundtrack and most recently Mega Man 10, is lending talent.

The funding page just went live a few hours ago, and as of writing, is currently at $137,000 of its $900,000 goal. Assuming the project is fully funded, a PC release on Steam along with a DRM-free version is promised. Backers will also receive the opportunity to get involved through surveys and polls as development progresses. There are additional reward tiers as well, with the highest at $2.5 million promising a console release across PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.