Very recently, praise and applause was to be held for Keiji Inafune and his new special project, Mighty No. 9, which recently closed its Kickstarter. Now, the internet is full of despair and, possibly, anger over a recent comment Inafune made where he stated that he would be open if Capcom published his game.
That’s right: Mr. Keiji Inafune has stated that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Capcom publishing Mighty No. 9. In fact, here’s the actual quotes from Nintendo Life:
“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.”
…If Capcom came up with really great terms to make it a Mega Man game, then of course I would listen and that would be an option. 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.”
Needless to say, the internet is in a bit of an uproar and anger if you can find the right comments on posts related to this. I guess it’s understandable, given Capcom’s rather crappy rapport with gamers (something that I will myself admit) and the fact that they have not been too kind to the Mega Man games.
With that said, I will now create my own little response to this: I’m not really so uppity and concerned.
First things first, this is not an absolute certainty. Inafune has only stated that he would consider and listen to what they have to say if they were to agree at publishing the game. Personally, given the fact that Inafune doesn’t have the rights to Mega Man or any of his other series, I would assume that would be one of the conditions he’d push through this time– holding the license to the character and the series. If that became a problem, I’d trust Inafune would not want to go through with it (this article really points out how dedicated he feels to fans and gamers).
Another reason why it doesn’t bother me so if he WERE to go with Capcom is based on familiarity. I don’t know who he’s worked with at Capcom in the past, but I’d make a heavy assumption that he knows people there at the company…people that he’s familiar with and that he knows he could possibly trust. I could understand if Inafune left Capcom on bad terms, but his leaving a couple years ago was more due to him wanting to still stay as a creative force. Seeing as he isn’t on bad terms with Capcom (unless some of his past cracks about the death of Japanese games were to be a factor) and that, before his leave, he was one of their most well-respected members of the company, I feel like they be able to work well together and really come to a conclusion on the game’s distribution.
How about this though? Mighty No. 9 has already shown its potential and popularity through the Kickstarter. It’s hard not to miss and Keiji Inafune said himself that the popularity of the game has made him realize just how cherished Mega Man is to gamers. What if, by some strange piece of luck, Mighty No. 9 being published by Capcom were to show them how popular Mega Man is and, in turn, might get them to think about seriously putting more games out. I know it’s a stretch; even I’m not 100% on that considering past events with Capcom. I think everyone knows that in the world of business money does talk and if Mighty No. 9 were to sell well under Capcom’s publishing influence, maybe it could kick their butts in gear in regards to Mega Man (since Inafune can’t do it). Just a thought that comes to mind.
Now, as far as Inafune tailoring the game to be a Mega Man game, I’m not too sure about that. As much as I want a new Mega Man among many others, Keiji Inafune went into Mighty No. 9 with the explicit purpose of creating something that was spiritual in nature but still different. From what has been revealed so far, Mighty No. 9 has a new feature that Mega Man games don’t have in which Beck can use the powers of enemies and bosses to transform his structure. That is something I find interesting, but I feel that it would be lost in a retooling to a Mega Man game which would be a shame (and whatever else might end up in the final product that’s different would also be a shame).
As far as that recent quote from Keiji Inafune, that’s all the thought I have on it. Do I think some of the outrage is warranted? It’s understandable, but don’t jump to conclusions yet, people. He hasn’t explicitly said he was going with Capcom, but if he gets the best offer then he gets the best offer.
What do you all think of the quote from Inafune about a possible Capcom partnership for Mighty No. 9? Do you think many of my non-concerns and opinion are warranted?