The simultaneously running Kickstarter campaigns for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and Mighty No. 9 have proven that [half-]genies and robots can peacefully co-exist in the modern world. Teams for both games have been supporting each other over social media, but today it was shown they’re in more cahoots than that.
WayForward has revealed in an update on Shantae’s Kickstarter page that developer Inti Creates — which has been behind Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, the portable Zero and ZX series and currently Mighty No. 9 — has also been tapped to contribute to Half-Genie Hero. According to the post, WayForward’s relationship with Inti Creates began with a fan art connection 2 years ago:
In September of 2011, mysterious Shantae fan art appeared in the gallery of Inti Creates employee Makoto Yabe (aka KOU). At KOU’s suggestion, Matt Bozon reached out to Inti Creates President and CEO Takuya Aizu to see if his studio would like to collaborate on Shantae. By the end of the year, Inti Creates was hired-on for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, and has since continued on with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.
Inti Creates has been contributing “key artwork, concepts and character illustrations” to the Shantae series, WayForward has stated. According to an acknowledgement of the collaboration posted on the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter page, Yabe appears to be the primary contributor.
In celebration of the news, both sites posted very similar art of Shantae and Beck high-fiving, which WayForward said was totally not planned at all. But hey, that's just the sort of thing that happens when you’re BDFFs (Best Developer Friends Forever)!
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