THE TEAM THAT GAVE THE WORLD classic Capcom game Mega Man has reunited and is appearing on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website proposing to create the nascent game Mighty No.9.
Mighty No.9 is a side scrolling action game with a very strong Japanese flavour. It is the work of the developers behind some of the 50 or so Mega Man games. The title has an "all star" development team, according to the information on Kickstarter, and counts Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune among its personnel.
Also working on the title are Naoya Tomita, a long term Mega Man level designer, and Shinsuke Komaki, who takes the role of art director. It has a Mega Man look and feel to it.
The project has a $900,000 funding goal. It started two days ago and is already only a little more than $100,000 short of its target. The funding exercise runs until the start of October. Investors are offered a range of lures, including digital copies of the game, hard copies, plushies and artwork.
The highest priced $10,000 or more investment will get you dinner with Inafune in Tokyo. Nine of these are offered and one has been bought already. The cheapest option is $5 and gives investors forum access, backer-only events access and contributors' acknowledgements.
Should you take up one of the options that gives you access to the game you will find yourself playing as Beck, who is ninth in a line of powerful robots. Your eight peers are infected by a virus and you must mash your way through at least six stages and challenge evil wherever it appears.
Over the course of the game you can run, blast, jump and transform into a range of attack positions including a claw and a massive hammer. This could change though, as the game is still in development and the developers say that they will listen to investor and fan feedback.
The initial plan is to release the game for the PC but stretch goals could see it launch on Mac and Linux systems. Release is projected for April 2015. µ
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