If there's one thing that we've learned from Kickstarter over the last year, it's that the big publishers in the industry have clearly lost perspective on what their target audence wants. While they continue to pump out yearly editions of Assassin's Creed, Call Of Duty, or whatever they think the next big hit may be, some of the greatest minds in game development are turning to crowd funding to make the games they know we really want. Old school RPGs, space combat sims, exploration games, and genres long since abandoned and given the cold shoulder by big publishers are finding new life on Kickstarter. One of those games is a new spiritual successor to Mega Man, called Mighty No. 9.
After Kenji Inafune's new Mega Man Legends game for the 3DS was unceremonously canned by Capcom, the legendary game creator left the company to pursue his passion projects. Managing to acheive some level of success with his PS Vita game Soul Sacrifice, Inafune now looks back to his roots as he starts work on creating a new side scrolling action platformer. While he no longer has the rights to the Mega Man franchise and characters, that's clearly not stopping him from creating a game that is heavily inspired by it both in gameplay and appearance. The main character, Beck, even looks just like Mega Man, hand drawn by Inafune himself.
The Kickstarter campaign Inafune has started for Mighty No. 9 has raised about $880,000 of it's $900,000 funding goal after being online for just over 24 hours. It should be clear to anyone that gamers want this type of game. Mighty No 9. will well surpass it's funding goal, and probably hit all it's stretch goals and raise well over the $2.5 million being asked for it to come to consoles.
More and more, some of the best things in the gaming world are coming from crowdfunding as the brightest minds in the industry get tired of studios and publishers asking them to pump out more sequels and refusing to take risks. Whether it turns out to be a good thing or a bad thing over all for the industry, it's exciting to see people like Inafune go independant and find a way to make the games they want to make, and that they know we want to play.
Mighty No. 9 is expected to hit PC (and maybe consoles too) sometime in 2015. You can check out the Kickstarter page right here, and watch the promo video below.
Update: Just minutes after posting this article, the game has passed it's $900,000 funding goal by several thousand dollars.
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