Mega Man doesn’t have the largest fandom, but it has one of the most hardcore for sure. The number of fresh takes on the franchise from indie devs (Hi there, One Step from Eden.) is just spectacular, and the latest is Protodroid DeLTA from solo developer Adam Kareem. This project is currently on Kickstarter seeking $20,000 and has raised over $9,100 at the time of writing. It describes itself as “a 3D action-platformer set in a beautiful Solarpunk world with a hopeful yet non-utopian vision of the future,” but getting down to brass tacks — it’s Mega Man X in 3D. And it looks promising so far.
Protodroid DeLTA is only confirmed for PC at the moment as a matter of not over-promising, but Kareem says the Kickstarter will offer a Nintendo Switch stretch goal once initial funding is met.
Protodroid DeLTA brings a new dimension
All the essentials you would expect to see in a Mega Man X game are here: level select, hidden upgrades for protagonist DeLTA, acquiring powers of bosses upon defeating them, and the ability to go dashing and shooting to your heart’s content. The big difference is that it has been converted into 3D gameplay, and while the footage offered in video is clearly a work in progress, it all has its heart in the right place. And hindsight being 20/20, Protodroid DeLTA isn’t likely to fall into the same traps that Mega Man X7 did. Surely it isn’t possible to repeat those mistakes? Right?
The Kickstarter page offers up some lengthy lore (plus images) about the world of the game if you’re interested, which occurs in the year 2120 after a solar revolution. It’s nice to see the optimism of classic Mega Man represented here in addition to X‘s gameplay.
Additionally, Protodroid DeLTA backer rewards for various tiers are multifaceted. Potential digital rewards include the game, a soundtrack, beta access, and even a mini-comic. Physical rewards include stickers, magnets, T-shirts, and chibi charm keychains. Basically, if you want swag, Adam Kareem is offering almost Mighty No. 9 levels of it.
Will you be backing this one on Kickstarter, or are you waiting to see how stretch goals and a potential Switch release pan out?