It’s becoming almost formulaic at this point: An iconic game designer, backed by a legion of dedicated fans, turns to Kickstarter to allow them to break out on their own. See: Tim Schafer (Monkey Island, Grim Fandango), who raised over $3M for his studio, DoubleFine, or Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim), who raised just shy of $1M to build a spiritural successor to his earlier game, The Neverhood.
The latest gaming giant to turn to the crowd is Keiji Inafune, creator of one of gaming’s most classic icons, Mega Man. In news that probably comes to many of his fan’s delight (but presumably not his former bosses), his new game looks and sounds a whole lot like Mega Man.
In October of 2010, Inafune publicly quit Capcom after a 23-year stretch with the company. “I’m leaving Capcom with the intention of starting my life over,” he wrote on his blog.
Two months later, he launched a new Development studio called Comcept.