Chances are you've not yet heard of Mighty No. 9
, the latest project by former Capcom employee and game-maker extraordinaire, Keiji Inafune. Let's take a look at some concept art from the game and see if you get the vibe that Inafune-san is going for.
If you thought Mega Man
, you got it right! See, Inafune was the mastermind behind the blue bot's adventures. Sadly, along with his departure from Capcom came loss of involvement with the Mega Man
franchise. On the plus side, we got the launch of Comcept, Inafune's new development house. What we're seeing here with Mighty No. 9
is Inafune's attempt at breathing life back into the classic 2D platforming genre.
Mighty No. 9 stars a bot named Beck, the ninth in a powerful line of robots who can do all the things we've come to expect such robots can do. A mysterious virus has infected the computer systems of the world, but our hero is somehow spared the infection. Thus, it is up to you, as Beck, to save the world and get to the root of the problem.
, Beck will go through a series of stages featuring end bosses that will grant him powers as they are defeated. Unlike Megaman
, however, Beck can also transform, giving Mighty No. 9
a new dimension of gameplay.
Though the project originated as PC-only, the creation of a wildly successful Kickstarter
campaign has made it so that the development team is taking the leap and also porting the game to the 360. The project has raised in excess of $2,200,000 and still has two weeks to go. If the project makes it to its stretch goal $3,300,000, an Xbox One version will also be released, so you have plenty of time to back the project and make that happen.
Game development is a time-consuming venture, and Mighty No. 9
is still in the very-early stages of development, and isn't expect for release until 2015. The Kickstarter page noted the game will be released on Xbox 360, though it did not specify retail or XBLA. Given the nature of this development, it's most likely for XBLA, but one of the donation tiers does promise a physical box as a reward. We'll be sure to give you project updates as they are available.