In a new video message released late last month by game publisher Comcept, video game producer Keiji Inafune revealed that his game project, Mighty No. 9, is “pretty much finished.” In addition, he game is now entering its “porting and promotion stage.”
Inafune, the legendary co-creator and producer of the Mega Man franchise, released the video as a New Year’s message. Some footage of a new stage from Mighty No. 9 was also shown in the video. The porting stage means the developers are working on sending the game to its various platforms which Mighty No. 9 is scheduled to be released for later this year.
What is interesting about the history of Mighty No. 9 is that the game was financed completely through Kickstarter. The game raised $3,845,170 from 67,226 backers off of an initial pledge goal of $900,000. The project was successfully funded as of October 1, 2013. The game was pitched as as a “classic Japanese side-scrolling action” game and is clearly inspired by Inafune’s Mega Man roots.
Mighty No. 9 is due out in April for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. In addition, Digital Frontier is developing an animated series based on the game, Mighty No. 9: The Animated Series,which is due out in 2016.
Mighty No. 9 definitely looks like it could fill a void for Mega Man fans. The character has been absent from starring in his own games in recent years. However, Capcom has licensed out the Blue Bomber to Nintendo for Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. In addition, Mega Man will be joining the Amiibo craze later this year when wave three hits the shelves in February. Until the time comes for a glorious return of Mega Man or Mega Man X, Mighty No. 9 looks to be a fun spiritual successor to the franchise.