A few years back, Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune left Capcom, which caused the company to passive-aggressively cancel all new Mega Man games and effectively bury their own mascot. Thankfully Inafune hit Kickstarter with Mighty No. 9, a game that looked and played as much like classic Mega Man as legally possible. Mighty No. 9 raised nearly $4 million, and the game will finally be released this September.
With Mighty No. 9 out of the way, Inafune is now Kickstarting Red Ash, a spiritual successor to Mega Man Legends. For those not up on their Mega stuff, the Mega Man Legends games were an offshoot of the Mega Man series that featured 3D open worlds, and a greater emphasis on story and exploration. Basically, they were a 3D mashup between Mega Man and The Legend of Zelda, and they were pretty damn excellent. Capcom was actually working on Mega Man Legends 3 when Inafune left the company, and sadly the game was canceled. Well, now the Legends spirit has a chance to live on.
Much like the Mega Man Legends games, Red Ash will be an open-world adventure game with shooting elements. Red Ash takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, in which humans are locked in a battle with robots, and will star redesigned versions of Beck and Call, the protagonists of Mighty No. 9. Inafune has gathered most of the folks he worked with on Mega Man Legends for Red Ash, so this new game should feel like the classics.
Inafune is looking for $800,000 to make Red Ash, and $150,000 for a Red Ash anime adaptation. So far the video game version of Red Ash has raised approximately $260,000 and the anime has raised around $60,000.