Comcept and Keiji Inafune have announced their next video game project, Red Ash, which will follow the release of Mighty No. 9 later this year. The new game is an upcoming third-person, action RPG that pays homage to Japanese anime and Inafune’s vision of “immersing players in a freely explorable anime world.”
The game will be spearheaded by art director Kazushi Ito and director Masahiro Yasuma, the key members of the team behind the open world game design of Mega Man Legends. So it appears the game will be a spiritual successor of sorts to the aforementioned title. Interestingly enough, the game will have some shared character names from Might No. 9, specifically Beck and Call. Comcept was a little coy regarding this idea, saying: “We feel that this is an important part of the project: we’re taking this opportunity to create an altogether different type of game together with the support of fans and backers. We want to continue embracing this new style of game design and production, challenges and risks included.”
The project has already its Kickstarter campaign up and running. At this time, the game has raised about $99,000 of its $800,000 crowdfunding goal. So it is already about 1/8th of the way there. In addition, Studio 4C has also announced a corresponding anime project based on the game, which also has its own Kickstarter campaign. The anime campaign has currently raised more than $19,000 for its initial $150,000 funding goal. By comparison, Comcept and Inafune’s last project that was funded through Kickstarter raised over $3.8 million.
Red Ash follows young teenaged hero Beck, who is tasked with infiltrating the interior of the Mobile Citadel KalKanon, exploring its village, castle and hidden dungeons. His mission is to stop KalKanon before the Peacemakers “make piecemeal of the whole thing.”
The Kickstarter page does not seem to have console or release platforms ready yet, but Imagine that will become more clear when the project raises more money.