Ever since Capcom lost faith in the Megaman series, fans were left devastated as their favourite 2D side-scroller won’t see another addition to the series and they won’t be able to resume the role of Megaman again and blast away evil robots and to see Sigma (I know, I know, Megaman X series villain but still…) somehow making a comeback and waging a war again. It was indeed a sad day for gamers who adored and cherished the series deeply.
But all hope was not lost when ex-Megaman producer and Character designer, Keiji Inafune founded Comcept in December 2010. Inafune founded Comcept in hopes of making the type of games that he wanted to make, after the cancellation of Megaman Legends 3, Inafune mentioned not only that it was a “long-time held dream” but also thought that “not only he abandoned himself, but the fans too”. Comcept is mostly composed of veteran Megaman developers but also younger staff who grew up with the Megaman franchise.
Hope was particularly restored on August 31st 2013 when Comcept started a Kickstarter for its new project called “Mighty No. 9″. Mighty No. 9 brings back that 2D side-scrolling action and elements from the 8-bit and 16-bit eras people came to know and love and infuses it with”modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input” to deliver a fresh new experience. Perhaps what’s most notable about the game is that it features a robot named Beck, who is 9th in line of powerful robots and serves as a spiritual successor to Megaman.
Fans can immediately make a connection that Mighty No. 9 is linked to lost Megaman hopes and dreams, even if it is a “spiritual successor” title. The Kickstarter project stretched from August 31st 2013 and concluded successfully on October 1st 2013 with $4,000,000 funds accumulated including funds from Paypal. There are 67,226 backers who donated a total amount of $3,845,170 on Kickstarter making it the fourth most successful kickstarter on Kickstarter.com in Games category. The top 5 most funded kickstarters on Kickstarter.com in Games category are:
1) OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console by OUYA with $8,596,474.
2) Torment: Tides of Numenera by inXile entertainment with $4,188,927.
3) Project Eternity by Obsidian Entertainment with $3,986,929.
4) Mighty No. 9 by comcept USA, LLC with $3,845,170.
5) Reaper Miniatures Bones: An Evolution Of Gaming Miniatures by Reaper Miniatures with $3,429,235.
Although if Paypal support is included, Mighty No. 9 takes third place as including Paypal funds, it reaches over $4million.
The initial development of Mighty No. 9 started on PC with gamepad support but for fans that wasn’t enough. By reaching every set goal, Mighty No. 9 will now debut on a wide variety of platforms ranging from next-gen consoles to handheld portables. Meaning you can enjoy the game and relive the moments on your favourite platform. Mighty No. 9 will be using Unreal Engine.
Mighty No. 9 is expected to blast its way to us by Spring of 2015 for a multitude of platforms including PC(Windows, MAC and Linux), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the portables; PS Vita and 3DS.
Stay tuned with us as we bring you more info on the development of Mighty No. 9.