Last week, Comcept founder and former Mega Man producer Keiji Inafune made the surprising announcement that his next game, Mighty No. 9, which was successfully Kickstrarted last year with $3,845,170, will continue to accept funding from fans directly on its website. Some comments Inafune made at Barcelona's Gamelab conference late last month that have surfaced recently help explain the thinking behind the decision.
"The only difficulty I've been facing is, as we make the game, we're constantly talking to the backers and we get new feedback every day,” Inafune told GamesIndustry International. “We try our best to incorporate the ideas, but sometimes that feedback goes beyond what I expected. In that case, it can be difficult to explain that, while the feedback is appreciated, certain ideas would require us to ask for extra budget. That's a difficulty, because I never experienced that at Capcom."
When we reported on Inafune’s second round of crowdfunding last week, the first stretch goal was at $100,000, in order to add English voice acting to the game. That stretch goal has since been upped to $200,000, in order to add English and Japanese voice acting. So far, Comcept raised $9,309 from 238 new or returning backers toward that goal.
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 last week that it’s partnering with Japanese animation company Digital Frontier to produce the Mighty No. 9: The Animated TV Series.
None of the money Comcept is raising will be used for the animated series.
|Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.|
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