The Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9, a new Mega Man game in all but name, just closed. It made so much money that somebody, somewhere at Capcom might be getting fired today.
Initially asking for $US900,000, the project closed earlier today with $US3,845,170 pledged. Toss in nearly $US200,000 in Paypal donations and we're looking at over $US4 million raised, a phenomenal amount. That doesn't just make it one of the biggest crowd-sourced games of all time, it makes it one of the biggest crowd-sourced things of all time.
Hitting the $US4 million mark means that the game, originally planned as a PC downloadable, should now be coming out on Mac, PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS and Vita as well.
It's only when you see the overwhelming fan reaction to Mighty No. 9, and its director Keiji Inafune, that you realise how poor a job Capcom had done with the series over the years. Retro remakes, MMOs, spin-off games... all people wanted was a new Mega Man game! Like, a proper one!
And now they're getting one. Kickstarter might have its problems, but today it's shown it's also a fantastic way of getting people the games they want, publisher perception be damned.
Mighty No. 9 [Kickstarter]