It had been teased a day or two prior to the beginning of last weekend's Anime Expo, but the Keiji Inafune-led studio comcept has officially revealed a new game titled RED ASH: The Indelible Legend on Kickstarter.
Like Mighty No. 9, this title is inspired by another Mega Man property: Mega Man Legends. The connections are fairly obvious too, with the character designs recalling some of Legends' characters, the main character being named 'Beck' (like his Mighty No. 9 counterpart; a call-back to Mega Man and Legends' Mega Man 'Dash'), and the fact that 'legend' is a part of the game's subtitle. There's even a character who recalls the design of the adorable Servbots.
In any case, the setting for this game is set in a post-apocalyptic era where a war with robots has left humanity near-ruin, though the survivors that are left have managed to rebuild to a degree. Their livelihoods depend on a group of individuals called 'Delvers' who hunt underground ruins for lost technology.
At the outset of this story, a mobile citadel known as the 'KalKanon' is set on a collision course with the city of Great Slope, and with no other alternative, a prominent company of the latter is poised to destroy the fortress city with a massive, electro-magnetic cannon. However, the young owner of the Bones Company, Call C. Bones has heard that inside the KalKanon rests something called the Legendary Legacy, and requests two Delvers — Beck and Tyger — to go after it before it can be destroyed.
The game will be a 3D action adventure game with third-person shooter elements and will include RPG elements as well, such as earning money to upgrade Beck's abilities and such. There will also be a certain degree of open-world freedom as well as dungeon exploring. As of the initial Kickstarter draft, Tyger is not a playable character, but is being included as a stretch goal; we'll see if Comcept can reach that goal in the end.
For now, we'll have to wait and see what further develops with the game. The Kickstarter is off to a slower start than with Mighty No. 9's (which managed to meet its goal in one day) but is expected to hit its goal within the 30 days allotted (as it's nearly 1/3 of the way there at the time of publication of this article).
RED ASH: The Indelible Legend is being targeted for a July 2017 release on PC. A sister, animation project called Red Ash -Magicicada- has also been launched as a Kickstarter; you can find more information on it here.
What are your thoughts on RED ASH: The Indelible Legend? Are you excited for it?