Marvelous No Longer Working on KAIO: King of Pirates

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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Cry with me, my friends, for today is a sad day. You might recall that when Keiji Inafune first left Capcom, the project he was working on soon thereafter was a game called KAIO: King of Pirates, about a penguin surfing the seven seas in search of adventure. Or something. We never knew much about the game, other than Inafune-san was working on it and it was going to be published by Marvelous. Which makes it disheartening to hear today that Marvelous has made an announcement that they are no longer working on the development of KAIO.

Now this may just mean that the project is as good as gone, but given the huge success of Mighty No. 9, I half wonder if Keiji might not just go the Kickstarter route for this little pirate penguin. I certainly hope so, since the game looked interesting, and at least deserved a chance to make an impression on us. I certainly would love a pirate penguin on my 3DS, and am sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. Of course, there is also the distinct possibility that Inafune’s focus on Mighty No. 9 had some hand in the potential demise of KAIO. It’s hard to say with any certainty, but stay tuned to oprainfall for more details as they arise on the state of KAIO: King of Pirates.

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  • Tara

    Damn. I knew no news was bad news in this case, as that reputation sort of follows Inafune around. I was actually pretty excited for it when it was announced, then forgot about it, then was reminded, and forgot about it again until this was mentioned.

    … Anyway, I was pretty excited for it, as I always like a good game with animals as the main characters, and I knew if anyone could pull off a “good game” of that nature, it’d be Inafune. Unfortunately, I also feel he’s lost it a bit in recent years, so who knows what we’d really have gotten. (Especially with the sort of stupid “let’s make a media empire out of Mighty No. 9 before it’s even released” thing he’s trying to do. Focus on making the game first, worry about toys, TV series, and other things later, please?)

    Hopefully this project will make a return, though… just hoping NOT on Kickstarter. Also, if Marvelous isn’t working on it anymore, it could even mean it’s been moved to another developer, but often that means the assets are not useable anymore. We’ll see, I guess.

  • yomiura

    As for we never heard anything about this game except for it’s animated cutscene it is hard to say if I really sad for this game to be canceled. One thing for sure, I never think Mighty No.9 is a huge success until the product is finally polished and delivered which I had my doubt bigger every time concept show us a new trailer and their progression……..

    • Tara

      Thank you for making sense. I keep hearing about how “Mighty No. 9 is a huge success”, but frankly, the game isn’t even out yet. In fact, it looked pretty close to complete in the gameplay they showed early last year, but it’s still not out yet!

      I’m just gonna come out and say it, though. I think Inafune needed Capcom as much as Capcom needed him. It’s pretty clear that there was definitely some behind the scenes to get his products out the door, maybe that even he himself was not aware of. Because to be honest, has he done ANYTHING since leaving Capcom aside from leaving dead projects in his wake? (Not including MN9, which, like you, I have doubts will ever be finished.)

    • Kroisos

      Interesting point. I’m reminded of Denis Dyack and Silicon Knights, where I don’t think it’s a coincidence they did their best work with Nintendo. Other outlets have reported that Marvelous lost $3.8 million on this game, which is part of the reason my gut tells me (no evidence, just what feels right) that Inafune is making promises he can’t deliver on, which further makes me wonder about M#9.

    • Tara

      Wow, I hadn’t even done further research, I had no idea they’d lost that kind of money on the project. I guess that’s pretty much the nail in the coffin. I had some suspicion this might come back, but if they lost that kind of money on it, I highly doubt it.

      The worst part is, Inafune isn’t even making Peter Molyneux-grade promises. And even with his grand, completely un-achievable promises, Molyneux managed to get his games out the door. (Well, to be fair, he also had some of the best people in the business working with and for him.)

  • ParrotProphet

    Such a shame. Out of all the titles on the 3DS, I was still looking forward to this one. My gut feelings and from my viewings of current gameplay builds of MN9 mixed with recent news about this series cancellation as well as the mishandling of MN9 POST FUNDING(two separate funding campaigns come to mind, it has become clear that Inafune really doesn’t know what he’s doing anymore. Even back at Capcom, I have my doubts since even Kamiya took him down a peg. And the guy never talks about his coworkers/bosses at Capcom.(Save for calling Shu Takumi his rival)