[UPDATE] Funding for Mighty No. 9 has reached over $620,000 from more than 10,000 backers fewer than 24 hours since the project went live. The campaign has until October 1 to reach its funding target of $900,000.
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Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a classic-inspired side-scrolling action game to be developed by an "all-star team of Mega Man devs."
The game is called Mighty No. 9 and developer Comcept is seeking $900,000 for the project. At press time, more than 1,300 backers have contributed over $96,000 to the project.
According to its Kickstarter page, Mighty No. 9 "takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing."
In Mighty No. 9, gamers play as Beck, the ninth in a line of "powerful" robots and the only one not infected by a "mysterious computer virus" that caused the robots to go berserk.
Players will run, jump, shoot, and transform their way through six stages (more if stretch goals are reached). Mighty No. 9 is currently in development for PC with gamepad support. The game will launch on Steam, as well as DRM-free digital distribution stores.
If stretch goals are reached, Mighty No. 9 will also be released on Mac, Linux, and home consoles. The game is aiming to be released in spring 2015.
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