Yes, you read it right. Keiji Inafune, one of the co-creators of Capcom’s Mega Man has gathered an all-star team of veteran Japanese Mega Man developers to form US-based Comcept and is now working on a project that, if done right, could be the successor to the Mega Man series. It’s name: Mighty No. 9. And as the game turns to Kickstarter for funding, Inafune has not only teamed with veteran developers, but with fans and supporters as well!
Introducing Mighty No. 9
If you’ve played Mega Man, then you have a good idea of what this game is about. According to its Kickstarter page:
Mighty No. 9 is an all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game that takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing!
You play as Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not infected by a mysterious computer virus that has caused mechanized creatures the world over to go berserk. Run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages (or more, via stretch goals) you can tackle in any order you choose, using weapons and abilities stolen from your enemies to take down your fellow Mighty Number robots and confront the final evil that threatens the planet!
Mighty No.9 is currently being developed for the PC and will be available via Steam and DRM-free distribution methods. Mighty No.9 has the possibility of coming to Mac and Linux if the funding allows for it. Since the game is still in the development phase, all we have now is concept art, which is actually impressive. The details look crisp and have that new but keeps that familiar Mega Man feeling. According to Kotaku, it’s basically Mega Man with a new name.
But what makes Mighty No.9 different from Mega Man is Beck’s ability to transform as he earns new weapons. Beck’s body reconfigures in order to cope with levels and obstacles over the course of the game. These abilities may be acquired from bosses or regular enemies depending on how you beat or deal with them.
The Mighty No.9 Kickstarter Page
In its Kickstarter page, the goal was set for $900,000. At the time of writing, there is almost $1.2M pledged by more than 20,500 backers and counting! Like other Kickstarter projects, pledging a certain amount earns you benefits or rewards, which range from exclusive events and forum access for a minimum pledge of $5 to having dinner with Keiji Inafune for a pledge of $10,000 or more. Pledging a minimum of $20 can get you a digital copy of Mighty No.9 on the estimated release date, which is around April 2015. More details may be found in the Mighty No.9 Kickstarter Page and in the following video:
(Editing by Paul Bischoff)