Only a few days ago, Keiji Inafune, creator of Megaman and key figure in the development of the Dead Rising and Onimusha franchises, announced that is new company, Comcept, would be taking to Kickstarter for its newest game. Seeking $900,000 in funding, the title has surpassed that figure in less than three days and, at the time of writing, has reached its first stretch goal of $1.2 million.
The game in question is called The Mighty No. 9, a 2D sidescroller that bears a more than passing resemblance to the classic Megaman franchise in both general aesthetic and character design. Players will take the role of Beck, the ninth in a series of powerful robots known as The Mighty Number robots, and the only one unaffected by a computer virus that has affected mechanical creatures all over the world. The aim of the game is to tackle the other eight Mighty Numbers and save the world. Clearly, it’s no bastion of video game storytelling, but the real litmus test of any sidescroller lies in the gameplay.
To this end The Mighty No. 9 promises to set itself apart by incorporating the ability to transform Beck either in part or in whole. Although it is still in the planning stage, specific examples being discussed in the studio (as cited on the Kickstarter page) include the ability for his hands to turn into magnets to allow him to climb walls and a transformation into a tank-like form to allow him to cross spikes and push objects around a level. Beyond this, he will also gain new weapons by beating the other Mighty Numbers. The game will be non-linear, with players able to tackle the levels in any order.
The project is led by Inafune and Comcept, and will be a collaborated development with Inti Creates, a Japanese studio perhaps best known for their work on Mega Man 9 and 10. It has an estimated completion date of April 2015. Currently only funded to arrive on PC via Steam and other DRM-free distribution channels, further stretch goals aim to bring it to Mac/Linux ($1.35 million) and PS3/Xbox 360/Wii ($2.5 million).
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