It’s been a tough few years for MegaMan fans. Ever since Keiji Inafune’s departure from Capcom back in 2010, it’s seemed like his old employer has been going out of their way to try and bury the entire franchise, despite over twenty years of the Blue Bomber serving as their most recognizable mascot. MegaMan games have been getting canceled left and right, cutting short what was looking to be a rebirth for the series with the successful releases of MegaMan 9 and MegaMan 10. Whether due to bad blood with Inafune or the perception that the series lacks the potential for the big bucks Capcom has been chasing this generation, we may well never see another proper MegaMan game.
But oh hey, look at this. It seems Inafune’s company, Comcept, has a Kickstarter project in the works. The game is called Mighty No. 9, and from all appearances it looks pretty much as close to a MegaMan game as legally possible.
The project page speaks for itself. Our Mega Man lookalike goes by the name of Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one to escape the mysterious computer virus that has infected all the others. Beck seems to possess all the signature powers of Mega Man, including a chargeable buster gun and the ability to copy the powers of his foes. Unlike Mega Man however, Beck can also transform into a large variety of different forms, and even temporarily absorb abilities from non-boss enemies.
There’s a surprising amount of ex-Capcom staff on board for Mighty No. 9, most of whom have quite a few of the old MegaMan games on their resumes. Those who followed the ill-fated development of MegaMan Legends 3 will be glad to see that the Comcept wants to follow a similar model for development here, polling backers frequently on ideas on character designs. First up will be deciding on a design for Beck’s sidekick, Call. Yeah, their names are Beck and Call. That’s chuckle-worthy I guess?
Mighty No. 9 is currently planned as a PC-only title, to be made available both on Steam and DRM-free distribution methods. Mac, Linux and even console versions are possibilities as well, if their hefty stretch goals are met. The estimated release date is sometime in Spring 2015.
Source: Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter