His name is Beck. He’s a robot out to save the world from eight robots who were built before him and infected by a virus that makes them “go berserk.” And he’s the star of “Mighty No. 9,” a side-scrolling adventure game concept currently gaining funding on kickstarter.com. What’s so great about a side-scrolling game with a blue robot, you ask? Isn’t that what “Mega Man” is for?
But that’s the point: this game will be developed by members of the original “Mega Man” team, from Keiji Inafune (former R&D head of Capcom) to Naoya Tomita (a level designer from the original “Mega Man” game) to Manami Matsume (creator of the entire original “Mega Man” soundtrack, including sound effects). They are uniting again to achieve a dream of creating a game with the nostalgia and charm of 8-bit classics combined with the smooth handling and graphics of a modern game. They also claim that the game will be very dynamic, as Beck changes and progresses along with the levels, even shifting forms entirely in order to take down his enemies.
“Mighty No. 9,” if it meets its funding goals, will be developed for PC, and additionally for Mac, Linux and home consoles if it also meets its stretch goals. If all goes well, it will be released in the spring of 2015.