Comcept’s Mighty No. 9 is a Spiritual Successor to Mega Man

The creator of Mega Man Keiji Inafune announced his next game at PAX Prime today. It’s called Mighty No. 9, and it looks to be as close as we can get to a successor to the Mega Man series. Given how Capcom is just sitting on the franchise without doing anything with it, it’s safe to say that Inafune and his crew are in the clear.

Inafune and his studio Comcept are turning towards Kickstarter to crowdfund the development of Mighty No. 9 and solicit feedback from backers of the project. The fundraiser, which has a goal of $900,000, was launched today at Inafune’s PAX panel.

Inafune calls his game a classic Japanese side-scrolling action game, and it appears to be heavily influenced by his work on Mega Man and Mega Man X.

According to Comcept and the game’s Kickstarter page, every aspect of development—art, level design, music, and programming—is being handled by “veteran Japanese game creators with extensive experience in the genre, and with MEga Man in particular.”

The game is being developed for the PC with gamepad support and will be made available through Steam and other DRM-free digital distribution platforms. Given the relatively high cost of development, other platforms will only be planned as stretch goals for the game. The game’s estimated release date is spring 2015.

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