Inafune may let Capcom publish Mighty No. 9 anyway
A huge twist on the whole Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter campaign. It would seem that Keiji Inafune may actually allow Capcom publish the fan-funded Mighty No. 9 and on top of that, he may replace the main character with Mega Man himself - but only if Capcom agrees with his conditions.
He told Game Informer that if the deal is good enough, he will allow Capcom to publish the game and then go even further by retooling the game as a new Mega Man title. He goes on to say that he will not budge when it comes to keeping his team and the franchise rights to Mighty No. 9. He still wants creative control but is willing to let Capcom publish it.
Now, I need to ask all those reading this and who have contributed money to this game. Is this something you support? Wasn't the point of a Kickstarter to AVOID having an outside company publish the game?
It raised over 4 million dollars. For what purpose does it need a publisher after all the money has been raised to port it already to all the consoles and PC? Was the kickstarter some sneaky way of Inafune to prove to Capcom that the series is still relevant or is this just something that would make him and his team more comfortable?
What do you think????
If the game still turns out well, then i am fine with Capcom publishing it, but that is a big if.
That would be like going back to your abusive boyfriend under the impression that he's changed.
True to that.
Exactly he wasn't saying "I want to work with Capcom again". he was saying "Well since you just had to go and ask me a question about Capcom I'm not going to bad mouth them in an interview so I'm just going to give a general statement that sounds like I'd be open to working with them but vague enough so that nothing I say actually entitles me to do so." Because you can bet the Deal Capcom would have to agree to in order to get Inafune and Mighty No.9 would give him complete control over it as well as ownership of Megaman's IP. There is pretty much zero chance of a deal actually being made and if one is made it's better for us since it means Megaman would be free of Capcom's evil clutches.
I'm skeptical about how much of this isn't completely laced in cryptic messaging. The one thing you rarely find in Japanese society is someone openly badmouthing a company. This would be no exception.
I would be extremely dissapointed if they turned this into Megaman game. I thought Beck and Call were cool.
A part of me thinks Inafune has to be crazy for negotiating with capcom since one they turned their back on Inafune and killed Rock wanting nothing to do with the character ala attempted Steel Samurai style(Phoenix Wright series) but Inafunes stunt could not only benefit him but also us Mega Man fans if he plays his cards right...but like everyone else says I want this to be Might Number 9 not replaced by a Mega Man title....if that makes sense
The backers and the Development team alike put a lot of work into making Beck and Call something truly unique and our own. If this gets turned into a Mega Man game, then I'm demanding a refund on my donation.
If the game was the same as they promised but also included Megaman as a playable character that would be great.
If prices are roughly similar for Japanese 3DS titles, each of those sales generated less than probably $20 per copy for Capcom.
Retailers mark up prices from what they bought them at (even at bulk), so going at $20 a pop, that's only roughly $40 mill. That is FAR from a safe number for a multi-national company to be sitting on, much less trying to develop, market, and publish various titles.
Being at 200 million instead of a 150million is far from a meaningful difference for a company as big as Capcom is. They also accounted for the wildly popular (and painfully obvious) sales of Monster Hunter in Japan, and even then its still grim as hell for them.
Honestly, if the "Offer he can't refuse" is Megaman Legends 3, I won't blame Inafune for his choice.
He does seem smart about this though, he wants to keep the rights of Mighty No. 9 no matter what and will only do so if there are good terms, so it might be a slap to the face of Kickstarter contributers but I think it still will mill our a good game.
Besides, it might mean we can get a Megaman and Mighty No. 9 crossover.
I was under the impression that Monster Hunter 4 had gotten Capcom out of trouble and back in the black.
I would love if Megaman was in the game, but not replacing Beck, I think his design shouldn't be wasted. So cameo appearance of Megaman characters; yes. Capcom interference; Hell no.
I really hate that about the game industry now.
Think of it this way: Lets say he does publish the game on his own and each backer bought the game. That is under 7000 people. If the game sold for 50, that'll be under 350,000.
With or without Capcom, there is a chance this game can fail as a release. This is a world were RE6 is universally panned but still sold over 4 million while Okami and Psychonauts can be praised but sell poorly.
I see what you're saying, but many people backed this project, and would have likely bought the game, just to spite Capcom for what they did to Megaman in the first place. Also, Capcom has been making crappy business decisions for the last few years resulting in them, allegedly, having some $152 million in the bank due to them doing things fans didn't like or somehow screwing us over. A lot of people no longer like Capcom the way they used to and if Inafune does go through with this, this game would lose out on the potential customers they would have gotten if he did this without them. And in my opinion, I really don't want to see another Megaman games unless it's a Legends title.After Megaman Zero, I don't see a reason to continue the series. That being said, a publisher does make things easier, but I want Inafune to be able to do what he wants with the game (within reason) and for the publishers to not get in the way by bogging the game down with things that don't need to be DLC (alternate skins can be earned instead of bought, no day one DLC or on disc DLC, and no pay to win model of DLC). Publishers are supposed to be helpful but it seems that they've been trying to have too much control over projects (yes, it's there money that funds it but removing all or too much creative control from the developers only makes the game generic or garbage).
That last part, especially, rings of Mega Man Legends 3, and because of that alone I'd rather not see Capcom getting anywhere near this game, or being retooled into some "Mega Man" title.
Because while Capcom hates allowing any sort of creative control, it loves even more having idiots do all the work for them, and while Inafune isn't an idea, Capcom wouldn't necessarily need to pay much (if they pay at all) to publish it around with this game.
You're also forgetting just how deeply near the hole Capcom is. It recently slaughtered half of its EU staff alone, and they barely have any cash on hand as it is. http://www.screwattack.com/news/capcom-only-has-152-million-bank
They are bloody desperate I'm betting. Which is also why I hope to god they don't settle with Capcom for publishing. Let Capcom burn to the ground, and the more competent developers and publishers pick up whats left of their IPs. Maybe we'll get some people who actually CARE about Darkstalkers making the next one, instead of crapping over it, or hit the reset on Resident Evil past 4, or show Mega Man some actual love.
The point of the Kickstarter was to be able to have a series funded without the threat or concern that the project could be cancelled later. Inafune also wants complete creative control and fans to have a say in what will be in the game. Which means letting a lot of beta or even pre-beta ideas come to pass. I don't see Capcom agreeing to something like that.
I'm not sure that I'd want Capcom publishing it. It's understandable since he has a history with them and, since they burned him before, he'd be negotiating with them from a position of strength. But still...
If Capcom release Mighty No9 under Megaman like 11 or something... this will be a huge slap in the face on Capcom to tell them that we wanted more Megaman