Keiji Inafune of Mega Man fame is working on King of Pirates for the 3DS. It’s an adventure title that we haven’t see much of since it was announced, but there’s a scan for the game that can be found after the break. It’s set to be the first title in a trilogy, so fingers crossed that it turns out to be amazing.
Keiji Inafune of Mega Man fame has talked in the past about his dislike of the way Japanese gaming has stagnated over the years. In a recent interview, he clarified his thoughts further:
Back in the day our Japanese games were used to winning and achieved major success. At some point the winners became losers. By not accepting that fact we have arrived at the tragic state of Japanese games. The Japanese game industry has become very closed-minded. I am ashamed to admit it but whenever I travel overseas I feel as if Japanese games are becoming a blast from the past. They have become great memories and little more.
Harsh words, but I can see where he’s coming from. I also think a lot could be said about gaming outside of Japan. A lot of the popular stuff tends be the “safer” and more predictable choices, which can provide this sense of stagnation. There’s still a lot of innovation if you dig deeper though. But I can only speak to my experience, so I’m not sure what it’s particularly like in Japan.
Level-5 has not yet released Guild 01, a compilation title for the 3DS with games from various developers, but they’ve still announced a follow-up to the title, dubbed (suprisingly enough), Guild 02. The details are sparse, but Keiji Inafune – the creation of Mega Man – is on board for the title, and he’s working on a game known as Mushikera Sensha. It’s set during World War II, and has the player “control a tank that has been converted to mini size” with the ultimate goal being to “face off in battle against giant insects”. Just like a real war.
I’m not expecting these titles to arrive outside of Japan, but it should be interesting to see what Inafune puts together. You can see a couple of scans from the game after the break.
For all my titles, I’m looking to do worldwide publishing. I can’t say who is publishing because it could be Marvelous directly or maybe they’re going to find another publisher in the US. But the plan is to do it worldwide.
And of course, that’s great to hear.
King of Pirates from Keiji Inafune (the creator of Mega Man) was revealed a while back and new evidence suggests that the game will see a release outside of Japan. Marvelous AQL has filed trademarks in the United States and Europe not only for the video game, but also various merchandise like toys and backpacks. Don’t take this as a complete confirmation, but it does seem likely that the game will be localised.
King of Pirates, which is made by Keiji Inafune (the guy behind Mega Man) was announced a while back, so we’ve already seen a trailer and screenshots. But in case you want to see the original announcement event, and perhaps grab some details I may have overlooked, there’s a video after the break with English subtitles.
Keiji Inafune told Capcom he wanted to finish Mega Man Legends 3 even though he was about to leave the company. They denied the request and eventually cancelled the game. But even after all of this, Inafune has said in a recent interview that “Honestly, I still wanna make it.” And thus, the hope lives on.
You can click here to find more out about the movement to bring the game back from the dead.