Keiji Inafune, the creator of Mega Man, spent 23 years at Capcom, but now he's working on Mighty No. 9, a crowdfunded, independent game reminiscent of the blaster boy in blue. During our conversation with Inafune today at the DICE executive conference, we wondered if he felt that Mighty No. 9 was a step backward.

"Although it has very many similar elements to past titles such as Mega Man, we're trying to do something new with it," Inafune said. "Something different, something that will, in a manner of speaking, betray the fans in a good way. Completely do something unexpected, as well as keeping that classic Japanese action that people are looking forward to."

Inafune didn't offer any specific examples, but he told us to stay tuned and that more information is always coming out. Mighty No. 9 is currently in development and planned to launch sometime around April 2015.

Pulling back to look at Inafune's efforts in a broader sense, the concept behind his company, Comcept, is to be a publisher with the ideals of a developer. Comcept's portfolio currently includes a diverse set of co-developed games such as Soul Sacrifice, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Mighty No. 9. The company's next game, Soul Sacrifice Delta, is planned to launch on March 6, Inafune said.
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