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After losing $3.8 million, publisher cancels Inafune's 3DS game

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A game from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune that went MIA after supposedly being delayed to 2014 has been canceled outright, reports Siliconera.

Kaio: King of Pirates' cancellation was mentioned in a Japanese-language news release from publisher Marvelous. The statement also revealed Marvelous lost about $3.8 million on the project. Inafune's studio Intercept, which he founded in 2011, was handling development. (Another Inafune studio, Comcept, is handling development of the crowdfunded Mighty No. 9.)

Kaio: King of Pirates was to be based on the 14th-century Chinese classical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, using animal characters for actors. The game was announced in 2011 and was originally planned to launch in 2012; it was delayed to 2013, then to 2014. The news release from Marvelous said it was planned for launch on consoles; earlier news had it pegged for a Nintendo 3DS release.

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