With an extremely successful Kickstarter to the tune of $4 million under his belt, Keiji Inafune has turned his attention to the press. In an interview with Game Informer magazine, he has revealed that if Capcom were to make him a decent offer, he would allow them to publish the game and possibly retool it into a Mega Man release should they want to do so. He admits that the terms for such a deal would need to be perfect, but that there is “no reason not to publish with Capcom.”
Mighty No. 9 started with a modest goal of $900k, which it reached in a matter of days and went on to raise nearly $4 million dollars. Because of backers generous donations, the game is now coming to Wii U and 3DS.
“I would hear their terms. If they had the best terms, I would go with Capcom. There is no reason not to publish with Capcom, and I certainly don’t feel like there’s a reason that I have to publish with Capcom. Literally it would be a very cut-and-dried business negotiation. If they had the best terms, the logical businessman in me would say, “Yes, let’s go with them.”
Inafune is also careful to mention that in terms of Capcom publishing the title, the team he has raised would need to keep full creative control of the game. As we know in the past Capcom has meddled in the Mega Man series, causing serious disappointment for fans.
“But the base of this game is that we wanted to create something original. If they gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse, that would mean having to change the main character into Mega Man. On top of that, it would still have to be our IP, which is what we want. I can’t foresee that happening. We really want this to be our thing.”
You can find the full interview in a November issue of Game Informer magazine.