Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and his company Comcept are working on a spiritual successor to his 1987-birthed Mega Man franchise. Inafune announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for an all-new side-scrolling action game called Mighty No. 9 during his ‘From 8-bit to Next-Gen, and Beyond’ panel at PAX Prime today.
The game, which is seeking $900,000 in funding, is being developed for PC by a team of “all-star Mega Man developers” and will be distributed DRM-free via Steam in spring 2015. Console, Mac, and Linux releases are “high priority,” but only if stretch goals are reached ($1,350,000 for Mac and Linux; $2,500,000 for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U).
Mighty No. 9 stars Beck, the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not affected by a mysterious computer virus that has caused mechanized creatures throughout the world to go berserk. Players will “run, jump, blast, and transform” their way through six stages (with more added via stretch goals) in any order of their choosing, “using weapons and abilities stolen from your enemies” to take out the remaining Mighty Number robots.
Find out more through the game’s Kickstarter.
Watch the pitch video below. View some artwork at the gallery.