The next Mega Man-esque game to come out for the current gen systems doesn’t necessarily have to be Mega Man! At E3 2015, RFMag got some hands on time with Mighty No. 9, a new title developed by Comcept, with involvement of Inti Creates, published by Deep Silver, and produced by Keiji Inafune. To hardcore Mega Man fans, the name Keiji Inafune should sound familiar as he is the illustrator and co-designer of Mega Man. Not to mention, he’s also the creator of Onimusha, Lost Planet, and Dead Rising. Mighty No. 9 is on its way to be released in September 2015, bringing us the classic side-scrolling action and Mega Man campiness that we’ve grown to love.
The story of Mighty No. 9 is a familiar one. You are Beck, the 9th in a line of unique robots, each with their one specific skills. You somehow evade a computer virus that makes the first 8 Might No robots and others go out of control. It’s now up to you to restore peace by taking on the effected robots. As you would expect, you will gain the abilities of the robot bosses you defeat. But don’t think that this is just another just yet.
In a new spin on how you absorb characters’ abilities, Beck’s body actually physically transforms when activating those abilities. Powered by the Unreal Engine 3, Beck does much more than just change colors. Other than taking boss abilities, the stand baddies of the stage can also fall victim to Beck’s abilities! Beck can weaken and assimilate standard enemies to boost his own strengths as he fights towards each stage boss.
The gameplay and pace of Mighty No. 9 is closer to that of a Mega Man X game than a traditional Mega Man title. Beck can dash constantly and multiple times within the same leap, allowing for speedy gameplay. It’s with that very dash that Beck assimilates the standard enemy abilities. Put in a couple of shots into your enemies and dash into them when they weaken. The game rates you on how well you link your assimilations without getting hit. So there’s always that drive to get the best combo.
Mighty No. 9 is heading our way with a September 15th launch date in the US and a September 18th date for worldwide release. It will be released on practically every platform: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS. Mighty No. 9 was a Kickstarter that exploded thanks to Mega Man fans all over. From what we’ve seen so far, we can’t imagine them being disappointed with Mighty No. 9.