It seems the roller coaster ride never ends for the Mega Man faithful. Hardly more than a week after the successful funding of series creator Keiji Inafune's spiritual successor/rights-free replacement project Mighty No. 9, an interview with Inafune from the November issue of Game Informer revealed that he would actually consider collaborating with his old employers.
His admission came with several qualifiers, however. When posed with the hypothetical of Capcom showing interest in publishing Mighty No. 9, Inafune was cautious but surprisingly not closed to the notion:
"I would hear their terms. If they had the best terms, I would go with Capcom. There is no reason not to publish with Capcom, and I certainly don’t feel like there’s a reason that I have to publish with Capcom. Literally it would be a very cut-and-dried business negotiation. If they had the best terms, the logical businessman in me would say, 'Yes, let’s go with them.'”
Of course, an enormous aspect of the project was its role as a quasi-placeholder for a new Mega Man title, and if it returned to Capcom it would be a likely move to retool the assets to make it the real thing. Inafune's response?
"If Capcom came up with really great terms to make it a Mega Man game, then of course I would listen and that would be an option. But the base of this game is that we wanted to create something original. If they gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse, that would mean having to change the main character into Mega Man. On top of that, it would still have to be our IP, which is what we want. I can’t foresee that happening. We really want this to be our thing."
Regardless of the decided uncertainty, the fan community is predictably up in arms over this development. Many of Mighty No. 9's pledge dollars came from backers vocally doing so to spite Capcom's treatment of Inafune and his most popular creation, much the same as the creator himself retaking his golden (well, blue) boy in the greatest capacity he could to do this project. Still, until further notice this situation remains a hypothetical one.