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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