For Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, he’s on the brink of releasing his next big game, Mighty No. 9, which is a “spiritual successor” to Mega Man, a game franchise he no longer helps develop. Mighty No. 9 has Inafune in full freedom to create the game however he wants, and it’s clear he’s excited about it. But of the two, which one does he consider his true child? Well, he told Eurogamer in an interview, and the answer is a bit surprising:
“One difference between Mighty No. 9 and other games, Rockman, for example, is they’re both my children. But if you’re making it in a company, it’s kind of a foster child. You want to raise it in a certain way, but you’re going to have interference from other people, from the true parent, which is the company. It’s complicated. Mighty No. 9 is my child. I can raise it any way I want. I don’t have any restrictions. So it feels different.”
You can understand his viewpoints in a way, as he was under restrictions at Capcom, whereas he doesn’t have that with Mighty No. 9 as it was funded through Kickstarter. Deep Silver is scheduled to release the game in September, but there are rumors it could be delayed again.