Keiji Inafune and his indie studio Comcept teased last Friday that a mysterious game called RED ASH – The Indelible Legend would be unveiled shortly, and they have followed through on their word. RED ASH – The Indelible Legend is live on Kickstarter and is asking for $800,000 to totally fund its “freely explorable anime world.”.
Those who recall Inafune’s last Kickstarter game, Mighty No. 9, due for release on Sept. 18, will remember how much the team played it up as a spiritual successor to the original Mega Man. Indeed, it looked like Mega Man all way down to fact that it starred a blue robot which blasted enemies and stole weapons from the robot bosses. Keiji Inafune is course one of the creators of Mega Man, meaning nobody had any objections to this.
RED ASH – The Indelible Legend is very clearly a spin-off of Mighty No. 9 in the same way that the beloved PlayStation era Mega Man Legends games were a spin-off of the classic Mega Man line-up. Aside from the nods in the title we discussed and the tallest character, who we now know is named Tiger, very clearly taking inspiration from Mega Man Legends’ antagonist Teisel Bonne, the Kickstarter page has opened up plenty of new information to suggest a similarly styled game.
For one thing, Beck and Call are the names of the two characters from Mighty No. 9, and they are also the names of the two main characters in RED ASH – The Indelible Legend. Mega Man and his sister Roll also received a similar redesign when transitioning into the Mega Man Legends games, but I will admit that RED ASH’s pair is a bit more liberal in their changes.
Both RED ASH and Mega Man Legends take place in unique post-apocalyptic worlds, and both are clearly inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s animation style, more specifically his film Castle in the Sky. The difference here is that RED ASH doesn’t seem to take place “in a world covered by endless water.”
Many of the staffers at Comcept also worked on the Mega Man Legends games as well. Keiji Inafune is not alone there, even though its director, Yoshinori Kawano, remains employed at Capcom. The Kickstarter page has a list of talent behind the game.
Inafune and Comcept are asking for $800,000 to make the basic RED ASH – The Indelible Legend a reality, and this will cover the first three chapters of the game’s story. The first stretch goal at $1,300,000 will add a further three chapters. It would seem Comcept will increase the amount of story with further episodes as it obtains more funding. The game will be released for the PC, and the Kickstarter campaign states that any extra funding will be put into more story, not ports to other platforms.
RED ASH currently sits at $253,000 with 28 days remaining. Mighty No. 9 eventually scored $4 million, so we’ll have to wait and see if this new game has a similar shot of success. Why did it have to launch on a holiday though? Everyone was out having a barbecue and watching fireworks when this campaign launched. Seems the timing was a little off.
In addition to the main campaign, Comcept is also looking for another $150,000 through a secondary Kickstarter campaign to make an animated film out of this new series. Comcept has teamed up with veteran animation studio Studio 4°C to make it. It sits at just over $58,000 with 28 days remaining. Check that out as well.