Mighty No. 9 Launches Another Crowdfunding Campaign, Announces Animated Series

For its first, $100,000 stretch goal, Comcept will add full English voice acting to Mighty No. 9.

Comcept founder and former Mega Man producer Keiji Inafune has announced another crowdfunding campaign for Might No. 9, the action platformer successfully Kickstrarted last year with $3,845,170.

Inafune and a post to Comcept’s website explains that the additional funding will be used for additional, bonus content and features, not the main game. The first and only stretch goal listed on Comcept’s website is full English voice acting, which the developer will add if it raises $100,000.

“We formed this plan as a result of all of the slacker backers that contacted us after the Kickstarter campaign looking to contribute,” Comcept said on the game’s website. “But let’s make this crystal clear: this new funding campaign is for bonus content in the Mighty No. 9 video game... Any new funding will NOT go towards existing content in the current state of the game, but bonus content to be implemented into the title.”

You can fund the project by pre-ordering the “Funding” tier copies of the game via PayPal on its website. $50 will get you the final game and some “digital rewards” like a retro manual, art book, and more, and $80 will get you Steam Early Access as well. You can also just pre-order the game now for as low as $23 without contributing to the new crowdfunding effort.

Unrelated to the new funding campaign, Comcept also announced at the 2014 Anime Expo in Los Angeles yesterday that it’s partnering with Japanese animation company Digital Frontier to produce the Mighty No. 9: The Animated TV Series.

Much like the game, the series will focus on protagonist Beck, a transforming robot made to fight in a combat robot league as part of the “mighty numbers.” Comcept said the target audience for the show are kids 6-11, but that it hopes older fans will enjoy it as well.

Digital Frontier has worked on movies based on games like Resident Evil: Damnation, as well as motion capture for games like Metal Gear Rising: Revengence.

None of the money Comcept is raising will be used for the animated series.

“I want to give all of you more and more of the project that is Mighty No. 9,” Inafune said. “In order to do that, I’d like to ask for more of your strength to borrow your power to make more and more fantastic content. Needless to say this includes work on the game itself; we want to expand outside the game medium in a way that connects back to the game itself, ultimately enhancing all of the content.”

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troller83
troller83

Where is all this Money going to ? Not into the game sure... wonder how many supercars they bought...


Game development is seriously overrated lately.... 3.000.000 EUR for a god damn platform game, so that you can get aditional Content, like differenct coloured Number 9's ? and a few dedicated coffe pots....


is this game in development for 20 years?????



troller83
troller83

I don't get this... how many People are doing this game for how many years?

The graphichs is very nice, and Chungalunga[tm] ( the japanese guy) is doing a nice talk... blabla


Anyone calculated that the avarage wage for a Person per year is approx 15.000-20.000 EUR ?

 Is this world so stupid... are you paying 1 EUR / Pixel ?


 Hokoyomotoyo mokoyo konichua mokhoyokyomokoyo ...blabla


Mindwipe77
Mindwipe77

I'll let all the hardcore mega man fans donate to it, and i'll just buy the game when it comes out.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

What started as a fun idea and a way for Megaman fans to say "FK YOU CAPCOM" to Capcom, the company behind Megaman's rise, fall, and current dormancy, we now have a bunch of scorned fans saying "Yea...no.". Which is good. This game isn't gonna be that amazing. Hell, Megaman himself was never that amazing. His platforming was always too cramped, and the formula was way too difficult to change up in ways that worked. Nostalgia's a hell of a drug. He's spiking your everything with it.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

That's a risky stretch goal to me.

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

If this shite gets funded and Twin Souls doesn't....I am officially losing all faith in humanity. 

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

After seeing that new Kickstarter about a guy just trying to make some potato salad (currently over $7800), I think I'm done with the website altogether. 

Ha2e
Ha2e

Its starting to feel like this guy is using kickstarter to put his kids through college.

Evenglare
Evenglare

God damnit gamespot I expected better from you. You say he has a new kickstarter and then you dont LINK it!? The one link i found was to the old kickstarter

svaubel
svaubel

I used to think kickstarting was a good idea to help get something off the ground. 

This though, this is just greed now. 

KilltheFANBOYS
KilltheFANBOYS

HEY INAFUNE san!

Why don't you make a good game first? Then, maybe all of the anime studios will come swarming with contracts to your office.

MatiasMGS
MatiasMGS

He asked for a million. He got 4 million. And now he's asking for more. That comes off as really abusive and hypocritical. If a million was sufficient, then 3 million would take care of your 'bonus content', right? God, people have made so much bigger games for less money, and still they ask for more.

toakr
toakr

Sooo... I'm not 100% sure how the kickstarters and crowdfunders work, but are people actually providing Comsept the funds to create a product they will profit off of, in turn providing a NO RISK environment in which they don't have to put up any of their own money? I mean, I understand you get different levels of access to the game. But if this is the case, and their out of pocket is $0, giving games away equates to absolutely no money loss while they rake in profit for every copy bought? If that's how this actually works, that's absolutely genius on their part, and I can understand the want for the fans to be involved in the process, but wow... I don't know how I feel about it. Again, if my understanding is correct. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Can't the "bonus" stuff come after post-launch? :/

dani3po
dani3po

$50 for a next-gen Megaman? And they need more than four million to develop it?  Larian only asked 400k for Divinity: Original Sin (an infinitely more complex game) and it costs less than $40. These people are crazy ...

allever
allever

It's boggling the mind that they are asking for retail prices.  Uh, no thanks..

NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

I'd contribute to a Kickstarter to PREVENT them from including English voices.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I'd rather stick with the Japanese voices and English subs. Also "digital rewards" are worthless to me.

sonichunter99
sonichunter99

They've officially gone off the deep end. I thought it was a cool idea so I funded the game, since capcom has a habit of cancelling megaman games.

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

Okay, getting a little too greedy now. Just make the game, we didn't fund the project so you can have little extras on the side.

Vexov
Vexov

They had nearly $4'000'000. Now they're asking for $100'000 for some bonus content and so it allows some peoples names on the game?. 

If you didn't back the game, you still support it by buying it. I'm confused on the need to back a game thats already done with the need.

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

Basically they're saying they have enough money for the game, but the devs need more money to buy a new car & stuff...

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

Uhm, I'm not sure I understand, but is this basically a kickstarter for a dlc of a game???

troller83
troller83

@Mindwipe77  or download the pirated Version.... they made to much Money already...

sexyragu
sexyragu

@Chr0noid I just checked out Twin Souls, and I have to say, I'm looking forward to it. I'm especially intrigued by the soundtrack. Thanks for introducing me to this!

tman978
tman978

prepare to lose faith because I know with Mighty number 9 is and don't know what twin souls is.

BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

@svaubel Indeed, I'm currently working on my Kickstarter video game project but with all of these greedy Veronica Mars type deals my demo is gonna really have to kick ass.


Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@MatiasMGS Did you read the article?  It's up because people were contacting them to donate more.  In other words, SLACKERS that didn't back it the first go around that wanted the specials that you get for backing a game.  He's giving those people another opportunity.  Or he could've made it all up and just wants more money.  Who knows?

packtop
packtop

@toakr 

Kickstarter is basically having the peoples being the publishers that give money to the developers to make a game, but peoples don't have much say, if no say at all over the development and don't have any power over the money they have gived away once the kickstarter is succesful.

Meaning developers can just run with the money once the kickstarter is done, it already happened and will probably happen more and more often in the future as more and more developers use kickstarter.

Also the developers don't own anything back to the peoples who gave them money, so all the money they will make out of game sales are theirs to keep.


So in other words peoples take a high risk by giving money and have everything to lose, but developers don't have to take any risk and have nothing to lose.

beamme
beamme

@mav_destroyer There are no Japanese voices in the game, the funding that the game currently has does not cover the cost of any VO.


Of course, normally you'd expect a game like this to have full Japanese voice over before it had a single line of English but, because of the nature of the game's funding, it likely just makes more sense for them to offer the option that the greatest number of backers would be able to appreciate, first. English speakers more than likely outnumber the Japanese backers and the Japanophiles.


It does make one wonder though, if Japanese VO would become another stretch goal, how far down the list will they put it? What other features would they not prioritize over having it?

NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

@DemoKnight10656 Basically, yes.  The original creator of Mega Man is making a Mega Man style game, but won't call it Mega Man because Capcom would sue him.

Jaxith
Jaxith

@Flamewolf75  You're right.  That's why they're now funding the 'little extras on the side' separately.  That doesn't really make them greedy though.  They're just putting something on the table.  If people fund it, all the better.  It's not like anything changed.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Exactly lol no thanks just give me the original game

BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

@Tigerbite2 @MatiasMGS if that is true then he could have gone the same route as plenty of other guys that made a Kickstarter hit and did his own crowdfunding project outside of Kickstarter.


This seems like the cart before the horse what if Mighty #9 is just another Mega Man game with Dirt Man etc...

toakr
toakr

@packtop So basically my understanding is correct. Still not sure how I feel about this. In any case, it's an absolute win/win for the developer. Free money to make free money.

tman978
tman978

Just watched the trailer for Twin Souls...I know it's a work in progress but it didn't grab me. Maybe I need to see more action.

packtop
packtop

@toakr @packtop 


Yep, exactly.

I'm not sure how to feel either, on one side i saw awesome developers who asked the minimal amount of money they needed to develop their game and had awesome extra for pledge goal when they got over the limit and on the other side you have developers who got greedy and asked much more money then they need to develop a game.


Like in this case, no matter how i look at Mighty no.9 i don't see a game that cost more than 4 millions to develop when game like Dark Souls didn't even cost 1 millions to develop.