Recently Keiji Inafune was interviewed by Game Informer Magazine, in which he mentioned that he would be willing to let Capcom publish his upcoming Mighty No.9 title if they were to make me a decent offer. Of course once the internet got a hold of this a massive shit storm has now insued with many believing that Inafune has already sown the deal and that the once proud Keiji has yet again went back to Capcom, even though the kickstarter for Mighty No.9 has raised 4 million dollars for development and publishing, far surpassing the original goal of $900,000.00.
“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.”
However people are taking this way out of Content, as he has never (or as far as know it) gone on record saying that it’s a done deal or even if Capcom had even approached him on this at all. As a backer should you or I feel upset about this? Is this a slap in the face? No, I don’t so, not at all. You can’t deny that even if you hate Capcom with a passion that’s filled a thousand burning suns but it’s still hard for Indie Companies to get their games published. Take a good look over a Steam’s Greenlight and how much of a pain it is for them to get their games out there. Sure some make it out but typically they only remain on the PC and if that was the goal of Mighty No.9, had it not hit stretch goal after stretch goal then sure Inafune and gang likely wouldn’t have even mentioned Capcom.
But let’s be real for a moment. It takes a massive amount of money to market and publish a game and with just 4 million dollars raised for development which will take a huge chuck of the money raised, I think that maybe hooking up with Capcom for publishing rights only may a decent idea. Even if they don’t go with Capcom someone will be publishing the game.
As long as Inafune would keep all creative rights and retains the IP, unlike Mega Man, then who are we to complain about this being a possibility. if they can some how strike a deal that ties Mighty No.9 with the Mega Man universe, well then don’t all of us win?
The full interview can be found in this months issue of Game Informer Magazine via print and digital release.