The ugly split between Keiji Inafune and Capcom resulting in the former's loss of rights to retro golden boy Mega Man is well known at this point, and the intervening years have been... less than kind to his creation to say the least. Well, it looks like the ball's finally back in Inafune's court as far as justice-loving robots go now, as today he announced a new project that bears more than a passing resemblance to his best known creation: Mighty No. 9.
With the help of his private development house Comcept and the collaboration of several former Capcom employees, Inafune is working to craft a side-scrolling shooting and platforming product that he calls a "spiritual successor" to the Mega Man franchise. One look at the project's Kickstarter page will tell you that it's more a new Mega Man title in everything but name, but after the way Inafune's work has been treated by his former employer it's hard to hold it against him if he wants to take a jab back.
Mighty No. 9's Kickstarter fund will run through October 1, and the project is tentatively set for completion in April of 2015. Hope all you Mega Man faithful are prepared to stick things out for another year and a half.