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Capcom Refused Inafune's MML3 Contract Proposal

Posted by Zach Kaplan

Inafune losing hope

Capcom's announcement in July that Mega Man Legends 3 would not see release sparked quite the vitriolic response from supporters, thanks in no small part to its planned utilisation of fan influence and ideas to mould and shape the title.

The company stated at the time that this was unrelated to the departure of series creator Keiji Inafune, but Strategies Japan has revealed Inafune wished to continue the project, as well as others he'd begun, at his newly founded studio Comcept, supporting Capcom after working out a contract between the two companies. Capcom's response? "We have no need to do that."

I wanted to see those projects that I started to completion... [I went to the trouble of] …Finding the right time, gathering the team members, planning strategies, all so we could barely start on Mega Man Legends 3. I really don’t want to quit at this crucial moment… but I can’t keep going at Capcom. I am too tired to keep going. I wanted to leave Capcom to recharge my energy, and support Capcom from there, but it seems they don’t allow it. I want to make all my effort to keep Legends 3 alive, but I’m really not sure I can do it.

It looks like the game's already well-sealed coffin just got its last nail. How do you feel about this news?


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User Comments (61)



Bass_X0 said:

No living being would want to see Mega Man cry.

Unless you're Dr. Wily. Who is now supreme head of Capcom.



Einherjar said:

Capcom wants to see the blue bomber dead. Now its pretty obivious, they want to kill every franchise and icon someone created who left capcom. Look what they did to DMC, and now they are starting to milk Resident Evil with third party developed mainstream shooters (operation racoon city)



pixelman said:

I'll start shaking my fist and threatening to boycott when English versions MH3G and MH4 are safely in my hands.



Bass_X0 said:

Lets all boycott Mega Man Legends 3 when/if it finally gets released. That'll teach them.



Capt_N said:

Idiotic, Capcom! It'd serve them right, if Inafune hired a stand-in(for different name's sake) to buy out Capcom, & in reality, Inafune really being the new owner. I don't think Capcom would sell themselves to Inafune, if he proposed to buy them.

I'm only a MM fan, in regards to Capcom, but you, @Einherjar (comment #3) bring up a good point. I'm not a resi fan, but I hope Capcom would @ least do justice to series, that were created by people no longer w/ the co.

That said, I'm not offering opinions on already released, & future games possibly losing quality. I'm just saying I hope Capcom doesn't sour milk themselves.

Edit: Maybe they think that they would have to play ball w/ Inafune for any MM game, considering he's now in another co. They probably also realize, or @ least consider/think that nobody will touch any newer MM games anymore, that haven't had Inafune's touch to them. But, that can't be it, really. This article points that out in their response to Inafune's desires to support them.



19Robb92 said:

If I ever get a kid and he/she acts like a dick I'm gonna tell him/her to stop acting like such a Capcom.



Philip_J_Reed said:

I honestly don't think Capcom refusing to let ex-employees handle their intellectual property is "idiotic," "childish," or any number of other names I've seen commenters (not NL-specific ones, either) toss around, personally.

If you work as a Disney animator and then decide you don't want to work there anymore, they're not going to let you keep drawing Mickey Mouse cartoons, no matter how good they were.

Nobody has more respect for Inafune than a Mega Man freak like me, but surely this can't have surprised him as much as he seems to be claiming it did. Mega Man belongs to Capcom, and I personally can't fault them for not wanting to reward him for leaving by handing it over like that.

They have no more responsibility to let him have his mitts on future Mega Man games than he had a responsibility to keep working for them. They terminated their partnership, and both sides have to realize they're losing something.

Remember, he left. Capcom didn't fire him. If he wanted to keep working on this or any other game, he was already in a position to do so!



Capt_N said:

^That is true.

Edit: But i do wonder if Capcom will continue making MM games? Certainly, they must known all the potential profits to be gained.



shingi_70 said:

Infuane has had some pretty bad words about capcom and japanesse industry these days.



shonenjump86 said:

I'am not the biggest MegaMan fan out there but it does suck that Cap pulled the plug on 2 MM games. Also No. 14 Chicken_Brutus makes a really good point.



LztheQuack said:

@Chicken Brutus: But from the reports it seems like he was going to co-develop it with Capcom, so it's not like he's taking it and calling it his own game. Sakurai left Nintendo (well, sorta) and he's still making Nintendo games.



Philip_J_Reed said:

Oh I understand that much, Iz. He presented it to Capcom, and they turned him down. They have every right to do that, and don't owe him the opportunity to keep developing for their intellectual properties, though.

I understand the disappointment of fans. (I'm among them.) But it's absolutely wrong to demonize Capcom in this. They have every right to refuse to work with an employee who voluntarily terminated his contract a short time ago with them. Why WOULD they want to work with him?



Capt_N said:

@Chicken Brutus: #20 "Why WOULD they want to work with him?" ~ If for anything, to have an idea of what he wanted to do w/ MML3. However, it goes w/o saying, they probably already knew. I mean, he was an employee long enough, that his co-workers could probably have read him like a book.

In any given event, I hope Capcom doesn't drop Mega Man. I don't honestly see why they would, though. Too much profit to be made.



Bensei said:

According to GetMeOffTheMoon, that interview was known since September 2010, but was only translated now.



Yosher said:

Capcom, you used to be so awesome! But these kinda things makes me just want to, like, not buy your games at all anymore.



The_Fox said:

The flood of fanboy tears about this throughout the internet has been delightful.



komicturtle said:

I knew it. Everyone knew it.

But Capcom, I won't hate you. No. I'll just hate what you did here.. and with MMU.

Dogging someone who's worked with you and pretty much gave you a mascot is real messed up. Must have been them new people.

Yet thinking about it, actually.. Inafune is to blame partly because he should have left Capcom after the games were done.



tanookisuit said:

He's right Capcom shouldn't be demonized for shooting down Inafune, he left because they seemingly sucked the life out of him. They SHOULD be greatly demonized for lying and screwing over Mega Man fans by taking the MML3 project, making public statements of wanting support, then getting support, then going demo and asking for support or it goes down, which they got, and then killed it anyways.



grumblebuzzz said:

I had never played any of the other MML games, but the trailer to this one looked really fun and it was on my list of 3DS games that I wanted. It's a shame Capcom would sever ties with the creator of one of their biggest franchises like that.



WertyYertrew said:

Looks like Dr. Wily's decided the easiest way not to be thwarted in his schemes was to deny Mega Man the ability to be in any games in the first place. Evidently the best way to achieve this goal was to simply take the position of Secret Head Chairman at Capcom. There is no other logical explanation.



Tigus said:

Darn not only did you shoot megaman you busted the chance he had at a game on 3DS curse you CAPCOM!!



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Chicken_Brutus: What you're forgetting is WHY Inafune left Capcom in the first place...they were treating him like crap. He created Mega Man, but he never got to do what he really wanted to do with the franchise, and his overall creative freedom was severely limited in general. He left, as he said in this interview, because he was "too tired to keep going" with Capcom. So basically, yes, Capcom is to blame here. They practically force him to quit and then go "good riddance" when he's gone, proceeding to kill off his projects entirely. I'd say we have every right to "demonize" Capcom for that.



XCWarrior said:

This is crap. The only thing that will make me feel better about Capcom are those Monster Hunter games announced for the US. But no MML3 still stinks. How about re-releasing the old ones in a package or something?



FluttershyGuy said:

Not the least bit surprised, because with Inafune gone, Capcom is through making original Mega Man games. Not sure if Inafune's presence was the only thing that was keeping the Blue Bomber alive at Capcom or not. All I know is you don't hear a peep from Capcom in regards to Mega Man games or even mention of him, unless to cancel existing projects.

Now, there's been no announcement of discontinuing the franchise. In my mind, Capcom's silence about MM is deafening, however. And I expect it to continue, since they won't make such an announcement and inflame the MM fan base. Sad that such a video game icon appears finished. I hope I'm wrong here. Today's Capcom isn't the Capcom I've known and loved since the late 80's.



AltDotNerd said:

Capcom also announced that no Ace Attorney games that have been announced will come to North America. WTF!



bub166 said:

Capcom... Please don't go the way of Rare. There MUST be some way to make this happen.



MagFlare said:

We can't assume that Capcom was acting purely out of spite here. Mega Man Legends has quite a few vocal supporters, but it's a quirky little subseries in a franchise whose popularity is waning, and it was set to be released for a system that hasn't quite hit projected sales targets. Whether it would've been good or not is immaterial; it's entirely possible that MML3 just wouldn't have made any money, and it's Capcom's job to pay attention to that sort of thing.

That said, it sounds like Capcom's got a history of treating its most valuable talent like crap. Inafune is in the same league as Miyamoto and Sakaguchi, and the fact that his employers haven't recognized this is borderline criminal.



Zach said:

@Phil I know exactly what you mean, but did Inafune leave Capcom on bad terms? If he was an important part of the company, it would be nice if they were still able to work with him and wish him well at Comcept, especially if Capcom was otherwise going to cancel the game. No, they had no obligation to do so, and it's not crazy, but it's still unfortunate.



retro_player_22 said:

Capcom loves killing their mascot, they had already killed Captain Commando which was suppose to be their original mascot and now Mega Man. Which is why today they are now Crapcom.



Steviis_Father said:

This makes no sense... I have no idea why Capcom is so straight about this issue.... strange. You think there's an exec at the top who is a little bullheaded about doing things? Killing franchises makes no sense.. seriously.



Steviis_Father said:

If Satoru Iwata is listening... I say Nintendo should hire him.

Then create a new character & game called Nama Gem (Mega Man backwards) about a similar character, who uses the weapons of bosses to advance. He gets instant support from Nintendo failthful. He gets an automatic inclusion in Smash Bros & Mario Kart games to come. And Inafune still gets to draw, create & envision a character. He can even be blue-colored.

We all win. Except Capcom.

Make it happen Iwata-San! The world is in your hands.



Philip_J_Reed said:

@Chicken_Brutus: What you're forgetting is WHY Inafune left Capcom in the first place...they were treating him like crap.

Nope, not forgetting that or anything else. It's irrelevant. Mega Man is Capcom's intellectual property and he knew that when he left, regardless of why he left. They might have treated him like crap, they might not have. (We have only his word.) In the end, it doesn't matter. As mentioned above, if you leave Disney you don't take Mickey Mouse with you when you go. If you left because Disney treated you like still don't take him with you. Why would you?

He left, as he said in this interview, because he was "too tired to keep going" with Capcom. So basically, yes, Capcom is to blame here.

He left, so, no, basically Capcom is not to blame here.

They practically force him to quit and then go "good riddance" when he's gone, proceeding to kill off his projects entirely.

Why would they not kill off the projects of someone who no longer works there? What's wrong with saying good riddance to somebody who terminated their contract with you?

This is the way business works. I guess it would be wonderful if Capcom sat around weeping over this, but instead they're moving on without him, as they should.



Lilpuddy31 said:

Is it possible that Inafune's new company can buy all the rights to the Mega Man franchise?



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Chicken_Brutus: What I get from what you just said is: "Business works by treating your employees like crap, getting them to quit, and killing off franchises just because you can."

As it's been said already, Capcom shouldn't have dumped on Inafune in the first place...he is indeed big-league talent and SHOULD have received the same respect other big names in the industry have earned.

All I get out of this is that Capcom's corporate empire is more evil and stupid than most, and I really don't see how this is going to benefit them in the long term. All they've managed to accomplish recently is make sure they're not making ANY games I want to buy. Is alienating your fanbase a good idea? I don't think so. On the other hand, they're doing a bad enough job that I don't even have to boycott them, because there's nothing I'd buy anyway. So if their goal IS to get rid of customer support, well good on them. Mission accomplished.



Azikira said:

Jeez Capcom. I really am losing respect for you guys as a company. I hate the fact that you tell us what we want, and listen to NONE of the fans.



Henmii said:

So If I understand correctly he wanted to continue the game at his new founded company, but Capcom didn't give him the thumbs-up.

Anyway, the game is cancelled and that's very sad!



BlackStar9000 said:

@Steviis_Father Looks like all of that is now happening with Mighty No 9 and MegaMan in Smash Bros U, you predicted the future. Except Keji has his own company now Comcept (why so similar to Capcom?)

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