Comcept, the Japanese developer of upcoming side-scrolling platformer Mighty No. 9, has launched their second crowdfunding campaign for the release. This time, game producer Keiji Inafune seeks to fund bonus content, as he noted that the developers already have enough funds to “take care of the present game,” but that this new crowdfunding campaign will “make the game evolve even further.”
“We don’t want the Mighty No. 9 project to end with the game alone,” Inafune said. “We want the game to be part of something greater we deliver on a global scale.”
Mighty No. 9 has already attracted a very enthusiastic following online, both due to Inafune’s previous work with successful video game series like Mega Man, Onimusha, and Dead Rising, as well as Mighty No. 9‘s relative likeness to the beloved Mega Man franchise, both in terms of gameplay and visual style. Mighty No. 9 is essentially a 2D platformer that relies on a hybrid of 2D and 3D artwork and animation. Similar to Mega Man, players can run, jump, and shoot projectiles at enemies as they progress through nine different levels.
Mighty No. 9‘s first crowdsourced funding campaign was conducted via Kickstarter, where it reached its $900,000 target goal in two days. One reason why fans were so willing to donate was because of Inafune’s promise to provide fans with “unprecedented access to seeing [his] team at work,” in addition to their input impacting the game’s development.
Mighty No. 9 is due out in April 2015, and fans can now pre-order it for $23. A digital reward bundle, which includes a retro-style manual, digital art book, strategy guide, and soundtrack can be had for $50. An $80 version, which includes the aforementioned perks in addition to Steam Early Access, is also available.