Mega Man spiritual successor funded in 24 hours

Written by David Hing

September 3, 2013 | 08:16

Tags: #crowd-funding #keiji-inafune #mega-man

Companies: #kickstarter

Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has taken to Kickstarter to fund a spiritual successor of the classic 2D platformer and managed to hit his funding goal in 24 hours.

The project, Mighty No. 9, bears a striking aesthetic similarity to the Mega Man games and features Beck, a powerful blue robot, as the main playable character. Further descriptions on the Kickstarter project page also sound familiar, for example the ability to equip the weapons taken from defeated boss robots.

The funding goal of $900,000 was easily exceeded and at the time of writing, the total number of pledges sits at just over $1,195,000 from 20,647 backers. This means the game has almost hit its first stretch goal of two additional stages and the game still has 28 days left on the clock to raise further funds.

Mighty No. 9 is being developed for the PC and will be available through Steam or through a DRM-free digital download, distributed with the help of the Humble Bundle team. Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U console versions are not out of the question, but are listed as a stretch goal at the $2,500,000 mark.

The project intends to bring 'the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics' and update them with modern technology, new mechanics and temper them with a little fan input through the Kickstarter project.

The team working on the game includes several Mega Man veterans and includes Manami Matsumae, the composer of the original Mega Man soundtrack. Videogame documentary specialists 2 Player Productions is also going to be involved in the project.
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