By now, most of you have no doubt heard about Keiji Inafune's new project on Kickstarter, Mighty No. 9, the spiritual rebirth of Mega Man. Well, to say it resembles the original Reploid in blue would be an understatement, but Inafune doesn't seem at all worried about any potential copyright problems.
When asked at PAX about the resemblance between Mighty No. 9 and Mega Man, Inafune noted that because he is the creator of both, the similarities are just bound to be there. He likened it to an artist and his paintings.
"If you really do look at something that a lot of people really don't realize, that character – Beck – may look similar to Mega-Man at a precursory glance, but it's because I created it. Artists have their own style and they get comfortable in that style, so the things they make look very similar. Picasso paintings look like Picasso paintings, so that's my style – I can't help it, that can't be changed, it is what it is."
Doesn't mean he's unaware of the resemblance, of course. He noted, however, that Mighty No. 9 is "one hundred percent, from the ground up, built originally," without taking anything from past Mega Man games.
He isn't doing this to spite Capcom, either, despite what some might think. This is, according to Inafune, all about the fans.
"I can't say I have absolutely no worry but it's really impossible to say how one side is going to view something. There was no ill will and ultimately I think if it did come down to any sort of legal issue, it would be like: Did I actually have ill will towards Capcom when coming up with this concept? And to that I can one hundred percent say no that is not the case. So for me, it was merely, one hundred percent, I heard the voice of the fans and I've always been somebody who likes listening to them and that's what I'm trying to do with this project."
To contribute to the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter, head over to the project's funding page. The game currently has just over 24k backers, who have donated a total of $1,373,781.