Mega Man artist and Mighty No. 9 Creator Keiji Inafune Reportedly Returns With NFT Project

Updating [Wed 18th May, 2022 03:45 BST]† It looks like the same countdown page on PolkaFantasy has now been taken offline.


Original story [Wed 18th May, 2022 02:15 BST]† Mega Man artist and Mighty No. 9 creator Keiji Inafune is reportedly working on a new NFT project simply called “Beastroid.” According to a countdown website discovered on Japan’s NFT marketplace PolkaFantasy (courtesy of VGC), the legendary artist has designed his first-ever futuristic NFT collection.

“Beastroid Vol 001 is Inafune-san’s first futuristic NFT collection integrated with incredible utilities. As he sets foot in the Metaverse, PolkaFantasy is proud to present the official debut of the robo-revolution collection on its brand new Marketplace 2.0.”

There’s even some lore included – noting how there’s a unimaginable 2620 Beastroids (translated NFTs) will be launched in July.

The world’s first future-driven NFT revolution by 2620 Beastroids landing on Earth to save all humans. In 20xx humans will face extinction. In their hopes of survival, Paradise is the destination. An organization led by a wealthy man who Ethan has deployed “Guardian V” to protect the terrain and kill all humans who try to break through. As a counter-attack, Beastroids are the only hope for the future of humanity.”

A roadmap shows how Beastroid owners will eventually be able to explore the “infinite potential” of these NFTs, and holders will be entitled to “enjoy the privilege” of interacting with Inafune through various social events.

Although Keiji Inafune has a history with Capcom series like street fighter and Mega Man, in recent years his troubled Kickstarter project Mighty No. 9 that made headlines. When this project was finally released, it stunned the public. There were also performance issues and it was eventually revealed that “no progress” had been made on the handheld ports.

Here are just a few of the Beastoids that Inafune has apparently been working on – and they all seem to be inspired by the Mega Man series:

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It’s worth noting the current debate over the project’s legitimacy and whether Inafune is actually involved, as his copyrights and signatures would not be on the website. VGC editor Andy Robinson, who wrote the original story, commented through social media

“As far as I understand, this project shouldn’t be announced – someone found it early through Google – so it’s not surprising that Inafune isn’t talking about it. It’s also incredibly common for marketers to get bios from elsewhere”

“This seems to be a credible marketplace, and that page has Inafune’s name and some sort of original art all over it. Would they have decided to build all that for a scam? Sure, but why? Anyway, I don’t think absence of his copyright and signature negates it completely”

Since NFTs took off, several celebrities and even video game companies like Konami have gotten involved. How would you like Keiji Inafune to jump on the NFT train? Leave a comment below.

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