New Mighty No. 9 footage shows off Beck’s transformations

Mega Man devotees have been breathlessly following the development of Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune’s spiritual sequel to the legendary platforming series he created in the late ’80s.

After a goal-shattering Kickstarter campaign last summer, the game has been in development with regularly shared progress updates and footage. The latest video shows off some of protagonist Beck’s transformations, including a sword-wielding form that looks suspiciously like Mega Man X favorite Zero, with his signature red armor and yellow ponytail.

The footage also shares a first look at Call (har har), Beck’s playable female counterpart. Her jetpack-powered play-style seems to be more about mobility and evasion, but this may just be a function of having fewer animations than Beck in this early build.

The gameplay is classic Mega Man platforming with a beautiful HD makeover. The music will also make you feel right at home, with the game’s soundtrack being created by Mega Man 1 & 2 composers Manami Matsumae and Takashi Tateishi. The dash from Mega Man X makes a prominent return, now doubling as an attack to finish of foes and maintain momentum to build up combos as you tear through the level.

Mighty No. 9 is scheduled to release in spring 2015 on basically every platform imaginable.

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