Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has just announced a new Kickstarter game at PAX that fans of the blue bomber may cream their jeans over.
Entitled Mighty No. 9, the game was announced during Inafune’s “From 8-bit to Next-Gen, and Beyond” panel, which was hosted by ex-Capcom and current Comcept employee Ben Judd and USGamer’s Jeremy Parish. The game will be developed by Inafune’s own game studio, Comcept, and will essentially serve as a spiritual successor to Mega Man.
Prior to the game’s announcement, Inafune had lamented about Mega Man Legends 3′s cancellation, saying that he had felt “like he let down himself and his fans.” Although he may not have access to Capcom’s repertoire anymore, he still wants to create a game featuring those sort of characters and gameplay elements.
Mighty No. 9 hero Beck’s character design is much like Mega Man’s, sporting an armcannon and lots of blue, albeit with black armor and a thicker frame. Designs shown during the reveal video revealed a Roll-esque sidekick and some robot masters.
In the same vein as Mega Man Legends 3′s community-focused development, Inafune will encourage fan participation, and will be utilizing Kickstarter as the preferred method of employing this.
Inafune officially launched the Kickstarter page alongside Judd during the panel in a symbolic countdown from “nine.” It only took moments after the page’s launch for donations to start pouring in.
While the game is currently only slated for PCs, a $2,500,000 stretch goal can lead to a digital release on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
As of this writing, the project has met $13,774 of its $900,000 goal.