Keiji Inafune, creator of the popular Mega Man video game series and director of upcoming spiritual sequel Mighty No.9, has announced a new two-way Kickstarter project named Red Ash, which will also be inspired by the series and will see some other Mega Man creators return.
The first part of the Red Ash project is an anime-themed open world role playing game, which was unveiled at this weekend’s Anime Expo 2015, named Red Ash: The Indelible Legend. On its Kickstarter page, the game describes itself as both an homage to anime and the chance for players to immerse themselves in an open world anime-styled game. Joining Inafune in the project will be Mega Man Legends veterans Kazushi Ito as Art Director and Masahiro Yasuma as director.
The Red Ash game also has two characters named in the same way as the upcoming Mighty no.9, called Beck and Call. Other information on their page states that the creators will collaborate with established anime studios to make the game as high fidelity as possible.
The game project has $800.000 goal, but this is only needed for a story called “The KalKanon Incident”, with the stretch goal listing it as episodes I-III. If the campaign reaches $1,300,000, then players will also get episode IV-V of the story. Two more stretch goal have yet to be revealed.
Inafune has assured fans on the Kickstarter page that, even if the project doesn’t reach more stretch goals, it will still be a fully fleshed out game, just shorter than intended. He emphasized that additional story episodes unlocked through the stretch goal will not come as DLC, but will enrich the base game.
Red Ash – The Indellible Legend has already gathered more than $217,000 out of the $800,000 goal, with more than 2,500 people backing the game. With 28 days to go, the campaign seems set for success should the funding continue at this rate. The lowest donation tier which will give you the game is $25, but even those who opt to pay less will still have their name included in the game’s credits.
The second part of the project is an animation movie called Red Ash – Magicicada. This project initially asked for $150,000 for a 5 minute animation short, and might develop into a full fledged episodes depending on funding. The ultimate $2.4 million stretch represents the funds needed for a full-length movie.
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