Mega Man Legends-Inspired Red Ash Fails Its Kickstarter
Usually when a Kickstarter fails to reach its funding goal, it means the project isn't happening. That's not the case with today's official failure of the Red Ash Kickstarter project by former Capcom developer and Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune.
Last week, Chinese publisher Fuze Entertainment stepped in to secure funding for the game even if the Kickstarter didn't get funded. The confusing twist resulted in the Kickstarter becoming all about funding the stretch goals, like a challenge dungeon and extra playable character. Those modes will not see the light of day, since Red Ash's nearly $520,000 raised fell short of the $800,000 funding goal over the past month. A spin-off Red Ash anime film, however, was successfully funded via Kickstarter.
Inafune did work on the Mega Man Legends series while at Capcom, concluding with the high-profile cancellation of the fan-collaborated Mega Man Legends 3. Red Ash is a spiritual successor that aims to deliver an experience in line with the PlayStation-era titles. The game is in development for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
This news from Comcept comes after learning the company's other, much more successful Kickstarter project, Mighty No. 9, has been delayed out of 2015.
I'm a fan of the original Mega Man Legends games, and was bummed out by the cancelation of the Mega Man Legends 3 prototype. It's unfortunate that yet another Mega Man Legends-style project with tremendous fan involvement has been mired in so much confusion and disappointment. Since the project failed, no one is out any money, but that won't immediately wash away any ill feelings. The best way Comcept could make good on this confusion is for Red Ash to be an awesome experience when it hits PS4 and Xbox One.