Keiji Inafune reveals new mobile game

Keiji Inafune has revealed his next game, an iOS and Android social game titled The Island of Dr. Momo, reports IGN. If that sounds like a sweeter version of the H.G. Wells classic, The Island of Doctor Moreau, you're pretty much on the right track. It seems that Inafune is dipping his toes into the sim category, with a pinch of playing god.

You'll be playing as Dr. Momo, in a quest to combine animals to make the world's cutest creature. It will be free-to-play with items for sale as microtransactions, and has unspecified social elements as well. The game was announced at a joint press conference between Comcept (one of Inafune's two new ventures), Index, and the mobile platform GREE. It's due in Japan in the fall, but no word on a release in the west.

When Inafune left Capcom last year, he was critical of both the company and the Japanese gaming industry as a whole. He called Japanese game development "five years behind" that of the west, and questioned if companies -- including his own employer -- were working hard enough to spark global interest in their games.

This news comes just days after Capcom canceled Mega Man Legends 3, the latest in the franchise created by Inafune. The company claimed Inafune's absence didn't prompt the cancellation. Nonetheless, Inafune apologized to the staff and fans on his blog (via Andriasang).