Last month, developer Comcept launched a Kickstarter for Mighty No. 9, a new video game that is counting on your love of Mega Man for its success.
Seriously, almost every sentence of the project's pitch name drops the Blue Bomber.
"Classic Japanese side-scrolling action, evolved and transformed by Keiji Inafune, an all-star team of veteran Mega Man devs..." (Note: Inafune is the character designer/producer behind most of the Mega Man games. He left Capcom in 2010)
"Run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages (or more, via stretch goals) you can tackle in any order you choose, using weapons and abilities stolen from your enemies to take down your fellow Mighty Number robots and confront the final evil that threatens the planet!" (emphasis there's)
"Every aspect of development—art, level design, music, programming, etc.—is being handled by veteran Japanese game creators with extensive experience in the genre, and with Mega Man in particular, all the way up to and including the project’s leader, Keiji Inafune himself!" (again, that's not our emphasis!)
So yeah. Comcept was counting on your love of Mega Man and your desire for a new game in the series to fund its project.
And it worked.
The Kickstarter closed yesterday, surpassing its original goal of $900,000 and topping out with slightly more than $4 million in pledges from nearly 70K backers.
You think Capcom is kicking itself for, as many fans see it, mistreating Mega Man for the last few years?
Wait. Don't answer that. That's not the poll question for this week! No, this week we're asking if you think Capcom is going to sue Comcept for infringement of its Mega Man IP. So vote in the poll (you can find it on the right side of the screen under the Login box) and let us know how the Big C (has anyone ever called it that?) is going to react. Once you've done your civic duty, comment away in the comments section or send us an email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com. EZK and I will discuss the poll results and everything Mighty No. 9 on next week's podcast.
(Okay, you can answer the "Is Capcom kicking itself?" question if you really want to.)
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen