Mega man creator Keiji Inafune has said new property Mighty No. 9 looks a lot like its famous progenitor because they share his particular aesthetic.
"That character – Beck – may look similar to Mega-Man at a precursory glance, but it's because I created it. Artists have their own style and they get comfortable in that style, so the things they make look very similar," Inafune told Joystiq.
"Picasso paintings look like Picasso paintings, so that's my style – I can't help it, that can't be changed, it is what it is."
Inafune then mentioned a few ways in which the star of Mighty No. 9 is different from mega Man - he's mostly grey, not blue; he doesn't have a cannon on his arm; his eyes are a different size; and his helmet is different.
"It's very different," he insisted.
Inafune said he doesn't expect Capcom to mind the similarity, noting that "there was no ill will" in his decision to pursue the project.
"For me, it was merely, one hundred percent, I heard the voice of the fans and I've always been somebody who likes listening to them and that's what I'm trying to do with this project," he said.
Mighty No. 9 blew through its initial and first stretch goals with ease and at time of writing had over $1.4 million. As a result, it will release on Linux, Mac and PC with game pad support, with console ports possible at higher funding tiers. the next stretch goal is New Game Plus and Turbo modes at $1.5 million.