Inti Creates, the team behind Mega Man 9, 10, and the popular Zero sub-series, will be taking on development for indie developer WayForward’s Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The company made the announcement of Inti Creates through an update on its Kickstarter page, also confirming that the Japanese studio is also working with Comcept on Keiji Infaune’s Mega Man spiritual successor, Mighty No. 9.
WayForward has never been shy about being a fan of classic Mega Man games, and frequently cites series creator Keiji Inafune as one of its biggest inspirations. So Kickstarter proves, if anything, that the world of 2D video gaming is just one big happy family waiting to work together.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is not the only game Inti Creates is currently working on. The former studio made of Capcom employees is also contributing art to WayForward’s other game in the works, Shantae and the Pirate’s Revenge.
It’s not too uncommon these days to see Japanese development teams contributing to Western games, but never have the styles of two studios from other sides of the planet been so alike. Inti Creates and WayFoward have both created several 2D platforming games published by Capcom, so his latest cooperation is a very logical fit
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero currently sits at a comfortable $334,000 out of its $400,000 request with 16 days remaining in the campaign. It’s almost guaranteed to succeed before the end of its run, but several of the higher tier the stretch goals could be a little tight. Perhaps the connection with the ultra popular Mighty No. 9 and the classic Mega Man series could be the boost it needs to give it a few ranks.
Should it close out its Kickstarter campaign, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be available for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, and PC through Steam.