Update [Wed 18th May, 2022 03:45 BST]: It looks like the same countdown webpage on PolkaFantasy has now gone offline. As noted in the original story, some believe the whole project might be a scam (via @Protodude) — we’ll update this article as soon as it’s confirmed one way or another:
Original story [Wed 18th May, 2022 02:15 BST]: mega man artist and Mighty #9 Creator Keiji Inafune is reportedly working on a new NFT project known simply as “Beastroid”. According to a countdown website discovered on the Japanese NFT PolkaFantasy marketplace (via VGC), the legendary artist has crafted his very first futuristic NFT collection.
“Beastroid Vol 001 is Inafune-san’s first futuristic NFT collection packed with incredible utilities. As he sets foot in the Metaverse, PolkaFantasy is proud to present the official debut of the robo-revolution collection on his brand new Marketplace 2.0.”
There are even traditions attached – noting how there is a huge 2,620 Beastroids (Translation NFTs) will be launched by July.
“The world’s first future-focused NFT Revolution by 2,620 Beastroids landing on Earth to save all humans. In 20xx, humans are in danger of extinction. In their hope of surviving, paradise is the destination. An organization led by wealthy man Ethan deployed “Guardian V” to protect the place and kill any human who tries to break in. To counterattack, the Beastroids are the only hope for humanity’s future.
A roadmap reveals how Beastroid owners will eventually be able to explore the “endless 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 it’s been his troubled Kickstarter project Mighty No. 9 that has grabbed the headlines. When this project was finally released, it disappointed the public. There were also performance issues and it was eventually revealed that no “progress” had been made on portable ports.
Here are some of the Beastoids Inafune has apparently worked on – all apparently inspired by the Mega Man series:
It is worth mentioning the current debate surrounding the legitimacy of the project and whether Inafune is actually involved, as its copyrights and signatures are not supposed to appear on the website. VGC editor Andy Robinson, who covered the original story, responded to this via social networks:
“From what I understand, this project is not supposed to be announced – someone found it early via Google – so it’s no surprise that Inafune isn’t talking about it. , it’s incredibly common for marketers to source bios from elsewhere”
“It seems like a believable market, and this page has Inafune’s name and some kind of original art all over it. Could they have decided to build this all up for a scam? Sure, but why? Anyway either, I don’t think the absence of his copyright and signature debunks it at all”
Ever since NFTs took off, various celebrities and even video game companies like Konami have gotten involved. What would you think of Keiji Inafune jumping on the NFT bandwagon? Leave a comment below.