Mighty No. 9’s Inafune Says Player Feedback Is Appreciated, But Certain Ideas Require Extra Budget

Recent comments from Inafune help explain Mighty No. 9’s new crowdfunding campaign.

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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.

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Discussion

84 comments
imajinn
imajinn

Everyone wants feedback now. Just make a great game. I'd like to think there are still competent developers out there that don't need a hand holding.

javalino
javalino

this is the classic project management  fiasco! glad i don't spent my money on kickstarter!!!

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Why use other people's money that you got doing a kickstarter project, when you can do another kickstarter project.  lol  Greedy

np3trop
np3trop

You don't need extra money to implement great ideas. You just need a brain.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

"Yeah, so.... we appreciate the love, but we need more money."

DeadPlanet
DeadPlanet

I'd be okay with this if this "None of the money Comcept is raising will be used for the animated series." weren't a thing. Megaman games need about as much voicework as a Zelda title.

Legend002
Legend002

Kickstarter. People help kick start the project, not people pay for the whole damn thing!

nesky
nesky

The game looks great so far. Keep up the good work, looking forward to it.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

I came across kickstarter.com fist when Inafune unnounced his game, he even didn't mention them on next gen consoles at first, I remember it was PC only. I used to check what games are being kickstarted and they were on the website after Inafune's first made his game on the website. Those games are now out and selling and we still haven't seen his game yet and now he's asking for more money. His game was one of the most game that has too many backers and this game is only a freaking 2D scrolling.

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

"Thanks to all the fans who made this possible, we got a lot more money than we hoped for. Oh, you want more features....well um....more money then please".


Game isn't even near finished and they're already getting greedy.

kami_amaya
kami_amaya

Oh well. I wasn't able to pledge as much as I wanted during the kickstarter and I do need another copy or two (for my brothers or for a PS4 version) so I don't really have a problem with this second funding campaign. Outrage over this seems a bit much. It's not like he's asking funding for something that was already promised and fully funded during the kickstarter.

Although I wish the Japanese voice acting would have been given first priority over the English.

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

I donated 5k on this sh!tty project (big megaman fan) and i regret it already. Unfortunately as it turned out, the makers of this game are all greedy & lazy devs. Unfortunately i can't even get a refund anymore. Would've rather added the amount to the Star Citizen project. :/

kirbymaster5
kirbymaster5

How about you get series' feet on the ground by releasing the game and then use the profits to fund a sequel. Until the actual game is released and people can like MN9 for MN9, this whole campaign is running on Mega Man nostalgia.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

wait didnt he announced a pirate game on 3ds.....what happend to it lol and wait why is he asking funding to make a game hahaa

PhoenixRush
PhoenixRush

There's something extremely underhanded about all of this. The guy makes an animated series teaser before the game even comes out, and is now asking for more money. Capcom really must have gotten into his head after all. I guess he just wanted to make most of the money himself and cut the middle man. So many companies would give so much back for having such a successful Kickstarter, but not this jerk.

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

Sure he wants to go above and beyond to please his backer's ideas but not at the risk of mounting extra expense to the project. Hell not even big budget can please every gamers crazy ideas without risking going over funds. It's nice that he wants to make it for every platform and with both Japanese and English voiceovers. I'll be happy if he can just pull off finishing the base game for release and then patch in the extras afterward when he gets some more money from sells.

fbgbdk4
fbgbdk4

The guy definitely don't know how to manage money, just leave him alone.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

I've got a feeling this is going to be like the remaster of Duck Tales. Not saying it was bad, but certainly not what it could have been.

Pewbert
Pewbert

So they made $3 million more than they asked for, and are now saying they need more money for some extra ideas. How about ..... and this might seem crazy ..... maybe using that extra $3 million you made towards these new ideas?

Or - just keep milking this project until the fans who have made it happen are broke.

3D3
3D3

Ok I'm interested in this game and will most likely buy it, but holy **** this is ridiculous. The game's fund has gone WAY pass their goal yet they still want more money? GTFO  

BertoFlyingFox
BertoFlyingFox

I dont really care as long as the game that was kickstarted is released in the intended time-frame. Wont ever back anything Inafune/Comcept does again though.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

They have no shame. All the profits will go to THEM! 

Mandrew257
Mandrew257

Can you add in a bit mode to make it look like Megaman X1 - X6? Not a fan of 2.5D.

faizanhd
faizanhd

They're using MILLIONS to do something Team Meat did with 2 people.

qtmew
qtmew

3+Million is way too much for a 2D Platformer. People are getting lied to, and they're happily accepting it. I'm not surprised though, I mean people donated 10K+ to a guy who wants to make a Potato Salad... 

By the way, the game will be 30 USD or more... Geez....


Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Isn't the current amount raised like three times the original goal? If so then how were they planning to build the game at all if they're way over what they expected to need and still can't budget in extra features?

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

@np3trop 

And this is what gamespot has deteriorated to, people who say dumb stuff like this without a thought or slight insight to how the world works.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@DeadPlanet Interesting comparison considering the fact that lots of gamers feel that the Zelda series should have incorporated voice acting sometime ago. Its all subjective though.

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

@jZangetsu21 I don't think it have anything to do with greed, new features aren't in the original deal.

karin_2049
karin_2049

@4kgamer_lmxxx  5K??? Wow I think that is the amount of money that gives you a copy of the game wrapped in Inafune's undies or something like that, isn't? I only donated 250 bucks lol and I regret it as well because I was thinking that, even when of course Inafune is the creator of Megaman, Mighty No. 9 was going to have it's own identity, different powers, new and cool abilities and so on, but to me right now it just seems like Megaman (8) in a new outfit with the added ability of dashing up and down. Even when the game looks good, it's a bit disappointing. I was expecting more innovation.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Pewbert That "extra 3 million" was already scoped for the project, to complete the stretch goals and to fulfill backer rewards.  It's not extra at this point.

kirbymaster5
kirbymaster5

@Pewbert It almost seems better if the kickstarter would have just barely reached its original goal. That way the game could have been made without Inafune seeing dollar signs and continuously asking for more. He'd have to prove himself with the game before something like an animated series seemed feasible. Instead the kickstarter was a huge success and he knows evoking Mega Man will take him all the way to the bank.

BertoFlyingFox
BertoFlyingFox

Bleh....lame edit window.

So far anything Inafune/Comcept have done, have been mediocre-to-bad. This guy played Yaiba (and these developers *made* it) and endorsed it....one of the worst games I've tried to play this year. Soul Sacrifice was decent but then they released it's digital-only "sequel" which happens to be an overpriced expansion pack.

It's starting to become clear that it's the people who worked *around* Inafune in his Capcom days that had the talent.

terrybogard277
terrybogard277

@faizanhd You can't really compare the two games with the mechanics, gameplay, graphics and music being much bigger and better in Mighty No. 9 then meat boy :-D

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@qtmew I don't get how they will sell it at $29.99. It will sell VERY poorly, even if the final product is good. $9.99 is the adequate price.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@qtmew @faizanhd @BlackBaldwin 

I would caution against using that Potato Salad project as an example.

There's no guarantee that people who pledged money would go through with their pledges. Pranksters can still fool around with the amounts (Geek Eccentric: Tr*lls, Do*ches, and Kickstarter… Oh My!) as well as make fake pledges using dubious credit cards (Doddle: With Kickstarter, Even Funded Campaigns Can Fall Short).

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

@daikkenaurora12 @4kgamer_lmxxx Actually, my fiancée works for EA... So they've already talked to us... in a positive way thankfully. :)

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

@karin_2049 @4kgamer_lmxxx I feel the same way, it may have similarities, but it isn't gonna be the same game that i used to love. I really wish Capcom reconsiders this series, hell I'd even back them up if they start a kickstarter or something.

nesky
nesky

@BertoFlyingFox  I'd say SSD is worth every penny. Solid game. Didn't try Yaiba, not my cup of tea. If he makes another SS game, I'll definitely support that too.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@terrybogard277 @faizanhd 

While I agree with you to a degree, terrybogard277, Mighty No. 9 is not out yet.

It may well turn out to be a very, very rough game at launch - if it ever comes out at all.

qtmew
qtmew

@Ripper_TV @qtmew They already said, pre-order the game while it's discounted at 29.99 USD.

terrybogard277
terrybogard277

@Gelugon_baat @terrybogard277 @faizanhd Yeah, I know that the game hasn't been released yet, so it will be hard to tell how good it is :D BUT when you look at the development videoes, it is clearly showing, that they are putting a lot more things into the game then there were in Meat Boy :D
But only time will tell if the game is going to be any good :D Here's fingers crossed that it is and that Keiji Inafune shows Capcom how to make a great platformer now that they have killed the MegaMan franchise ;-)

BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

@Thanatos2k Sure but was 3.8 million dollars the original goal for the project? I wonder what Inafune will say if the stretch goal(s) are not met?