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Capcom Has A Whole Year Of Mega Man Celebrations Planned

Posted by Damien McFerran

Reaction to Street Fighter X Mega Man will decide the future of the series

The PC-based game Street Fighter X Mega Man is most certainly a nice bonus for long-suffering Mega Man fans, but those same fanatics will no doubt be hoping that it's not the only way in which Capcom is marking the Blue Bomber's 25th birthday.

Thankfully, such fears are unfounded. Capcom USA Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson has confirmed that an entire year of celebrations are planned to mark Mega Man's quarter-century, but he also added that lips are likely to remain sealed for a while yet:

I don’t know that there’s more substantial [things] for me to talk about but there’s a TON more things we have in the works, only some of which will be shared on December 17th. There’s a whole year of things that will happen… you’re only going to hear about what’s happening fairly close to the start of the celebrations at first.

Speaking to Destructoid about the aforementioned Street Fighter X Mega Man, Svensson added that the critical fate of the fan-made title will ultimately decide which direction the multi-faceted franchise takes over the next few years:

We'll be using this (Street Fighter X Mega Man) as one of many means of gauging where we're going. One of the challenges that we have is figuring out what is the path forward in terms of, you know, Mega Man has five brands: Classic, X, ZX, Battle Network/Star Force, and Legends. Some of these things are in the same ballpark as one another, and some of them are completely different. That's part of where the, I'll say, the disagreement comes in — a non-unified vision of where Mega Man should live on exists within our own company as well as it does in the market.

Whatever happens in 2013, it would appear that Mega Man is very much on Capcom's radar. Hopefully the coming year will bring some all-new games, and ones that are better than the rather disappointing iOS title Mega Man Xover.

[via gonintendo.com, destructoid.com]

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User Comments (57)

NImH

#1

NImH said:

Sweet! I can't get enough Mega Man... No hard feelings Capcom.

RupeeClock

#2

RupeeClock said:

Capcom has very unrealistic expectations for their series, a lot of the fans are concerned that, in the event that the PC freebie doesn't attract much attention, Capcom will just kill off the franchise.

And with crap like Legends 3 being cancelled because "Fans weren't supportive enough" and the outrage at Mega Man XOver on iOS who could blame them?

ShadJV

#3

ShadJV said:

Deciding the future of a series based on a fan made crossover title? I'm not a huge Megaman fan but I know quite a few are not happy with Megaman's decisions as of late, don't know how wise this is but I hope they know what they're doing...

Tasuki

#4

Tasuki said:

Releasing Megaman Legends 3 would be a good anniversary gift.
hint hint

NImH

#5

NImH said:

The fan base is why Mega Man 9 was developed in the first place. I don't quite understand the Legends fiasco, but if Capcom wants to get their act together and listen to fan response, I'm behind it.

Shiryu

#7

Shiryu said:

I plan on doing something Megaman related next year too. I will never understand why "Legends 3" was canceled, I would have loved to have a portable Megaman of that possible quality.

SheldonRandoms

#8

SheldonRandoms said:

The fans will never forget about legends 3, I was at Comic Con this year and went to see the world of capcom, they showed games (like DMC and Darkstalkers resurrection), but at the end, a bunch of people, including me, said "WHAT ABOUT MEGAMAN!?!"

but inside, I knew the answer, Xover :(

Mr_3DS

#9

Mr_3DS said:

I love that this game will be free! I think if they bring it to xbox arcade and PSN for free they would get a great response. I can't wait to download it! I also hope they make some more mega man x too!

SammyOfMobius

#10

SammyOfMobius said:

Cool! In the mean time hopefully they release that Mega Man X Street Fighter game on multiple devices, like the Wii, Wii U and 3DS, and other systems like the Xbox 360, iOS, PS3, and PS Vita.

WaveWarlock

#11

WaveWarlock said:

Forget Legends, an 8-bit Mega Man 11 needs to happen. But i fear it just won't be the same without Inafune. Couldn't care less for another X, Zero or Legends sequal. It's 'classic' for me all the way.

RupeeClock

#13

RupeeClock said:

I'd actually very much like if Megaman 9 & 10 came to the 3DS as a dual package, DLC included.

I'm sure it would be a big hit, portable versions of solid titles!

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#14

Philip_J_Reed said:

you know, Mega Man has five brands: Classic, X, ZX, Battle Network/Star Force, and Legends.

What?! What about Zero!?

Retro_on_theGo

#15

Retro_on_theGo said:

@WaveBoy Dude, you are so blinded by nostalgia. Being the retro loving guy I am even I want MML3 or Megaman X9 more right now than another classic Megaman.

This is nice Capcom but you better deliver on this. Since we're getting a year of celebration one of those things better be the release of at least that MML3 demo.

Emaan

#18

Emaan said:

Mega Man, rise! :D

I'm pretty excited for a potential revival of the blue bomber. Don't let us down Capcom!

WaveWarlock

#19

WaveWarlock said:

@Retro_on_theGo
lol what? I have mad nostalgia for the X series on the SNES and PS1, but they just don't hook me like the classic series do. Zero1 was pretty amazing i'll admit, absolutely loved the finely polished kinetic boss battles. Still, the Mavericks of the X series will never be as cool as the robot masters.

Really though, i'll take 'anything' new Mega, aside from those silly starforce games. mega Man 9 is possibly one of the most amazing mega man games ever made. 10 for the million time for me was a pretty big dissapointment.
As for the X series, X4 was the last solid sequal...X5 and X6 especially were pretty lousy. Inafune had zero involvement with X6, it wasn't even supposed to be made as X5 was pegged the final entry in the x series. :p

rockman_zero

#21

rockman_zero said:

@WaveBoy megaman 9 and 10 were garbage 8 was last good game x series needs elf wars zx needs a 3rd game 8bit megaman games needs to stop comin out not as good as original 6

grumblebuzzz

#25

grumblebuzzz said:

Capcom has just become *bleepin idiotic. "Oh, this computer only thing will determine the future of a console series that's been around for 20-something years." Gah. Shut them down and give Mega Man back to the guy who created him.

bluecat

#26

bluecat said:

Pleassssssse don't let me down Capcom. I very much still have doubts. 12/17 better bring some promising news.

RR529

#27

RR529 said:

I would just enjoy more GB games on 3DS VC. Dr. Wily's Revenge was my first MM game, & I adored it.

GumbyX84

#29

GumbyX84 said:

@rockman_zero First thing: PLEASE use punctuation.

Second: MM9 wasn't "garbage". MM10 wasn't great but it wasn't horrible either. I don't know why people are either all for the classic or modern style. We wouldn't have the modern (X, ZX) without the originals and the series would have died if not for the modern games. I agree that some of the modern games don't hold up (MMX6-8 I'm looking at you), but they aren't complete garbage.

Honestly, I hope Capcom finally bridges the generations together. I want a cannon story of how the Megaman timeline leads to the X timeline. Same goes for the X timeline in Z and Z into ZX.

About MMZ: It is part of the Megaman cannon as far as I know. I firmly believe the plots of the MMZ games tie in directly to the story of ZX.

@RR529 I agree I want MMV on VC. We will never be able to play it any othe way. :'( Stupid Capcom canceling megaman collection for GBA.

rayword45

#30

rayword45 said:

Mega Man 10 wasn't even that impressive. It was better then 4-6 and especially 8 but disappointing compared to Mega Man 9. We don't need another 8-bit Mega Man. 8-Bit is Enough.

Now, a new Zero game, X9 or Legends 3 would all be most welcome.

SirQuincealot

#33

SirQuincealot said:

so they are going to release a pack of a bunch of the old games in a 3ds eshop collection hopefully?

Discostew

#34

Discostew said:

They're gonna base their future of Mega Man on a fan-made game? If it is incredible or fails hard, it won't matter, because it wasn't Capcom that made it. The only way this would have any relevance is if the people who made the game were to become part of Capcom to help in those future games.

pntjr

#35

pntjr said:

They're all going to scrapped or cancelled. Don't get your hopes up.

Beta

#38

Beta said:

Legends 3, Battle Network 7 and Starforce 4, please! (I know a lot will disagree with me, but yeah...)

Void

#39

Void said:

I don't think any judge would rule the people running Capcom mentally capable, I mean, they're Stark, Raving, and Jumping Mad. :O

Gridatttack

#41

Gridatttack said:

well, if they cant do something new with the franchise, they might aswell just remake in HD or something like that to all of the classic games :P

Bryon15

#42

Bryon15 said:

How about a new game in each series?

Legends 3
Battle network 7
Star force 4
ZX3
Command mission 2
Maverick hunter X2
Powered up 2
Megaman 11
Megaman X9

theblackdragonAdmin

#45

theblackdragon said:

Why the hell should a free fan-game be what they gauge things by? So lazy. You know what your fans have been begging you for, Capcom, and you refuse to provide. If Legends is honestly still on the table, you know what you have to do.

AmishThunder

#46

AmishThunder said:

Ohhhh, so the plan is to gauge how receptive PC gamers are to a fan-made game. That sounds like a very well thought out idea. Clearly, Capcom has their best people on this. I would use the same group of individuals that decided to put DLC on the disc; clearly they're the best in the business.

ogo79

#48

ogo79 said:

capcom wont be getting any of my new money unless they make a mm 11, 9-10 style

shinokami

#49

shinokami said:

Here is some ideas:
Release Megaman Legends 3
Release Megaman Online
Make Megaman ZX 3 (since the 2nd one's end has a secret ending which reveals the true bad guy)
Keep up the Megaman Starforce brand with the 3DS
and more importantly, burn with fire the stupid iOS game

AntiGuy

#50

AntiGuy said:

Can't wait for a year of re-releases on iOS! gee, sure I'm glad that Legends 17 or whatever got cancelled... I mean, who on earth would like to play such a crappy spin off! rev up those 8bit side scrollers........!

eviLaTtenDant

#52

eviLaTtenDant said:

Street Fighter X Mega Man looks amazing. Bring it to the 3DS and take my money, Capcom!
There's more where it comes from for great entries in the classic series, X, ZX or Legends too.

MasterGraveheart

#53

MasterGraveheart said:

Here's what we're going to get.

The iOS shovelwaare
A free fan game
Virtual Console releases
A collection of some kind.
No Mega Man Legends 3
Piggybacking off of franchises Capcom actually cares about

There's your anniversary.

c1pher_c0mplet

#54

c1pher_c0mplet said:

I usually don't use bad language online and I apologize in advance if I offend anyone but I simply have to say... F*** Capcom.

"We'll be using [Street Fighter X Mega Man] as one of many means of gauging where we're going [with the Mega Man franchise]..."

Really?? A fan-made PC game is your barometer for feeling out where to take Mega Man? Here we go with this again... Same exact crap they were talking about with Mega Man Legends 3 for 3DS before it got cancelled b/c "the fans weren't vocal enough." Other companies would kill to have a tried and true franchise to fall back on. Capcom does - one could even say Mega Man is akin to their Mario. But for the past few years to a decade or so, Capcom hasn't done squat with the series.

OnionOverlord

#55

OnionOverlord said:

@theblackdragon @c1pher_c0mplet

I agree. The whole Street Fighter x Megaman thing does not impress me. If they think a fan-game is going to undo the serious crap they've ran Mega Man (and fans) through in recent years, they have another thing coming. People are ticked off at Capcom right now. A fan-game isn't going to fix anything.

So Capcom basically publishes a Mega Man fangame that someone else made? I hope they don't think this apologizes for the major shafting they've been giving the Blue Bomber since Inafune left. Cause it doesn't. It's easy enough for them to back-up a fangame as opposed to putting in any real effort of their own. I know Capcom is known for being lazy but this level of lazyness just offends me.

This is less about Mega Man and more about Street Fighter. Change the sprite to Ryu and suddenly you have a Street Fighter game that plays like Mega Man. If the game were about Ryu taking on various Robot Masters from the Mega Man franchise, I wonder how much support they would have given it. When it comes right down to it, Capcom still doesn't give a crap about Mega Man. Throwing some support behind a Mega Man fangame does little to change that in my eyes.

Perhaps I'm just bitter at the amount of fangames (many of which are far better than this one) that get taken down. All of a sudden we have a company in SUPPORT of a fangame? Why now? Why wasn't this level of support given for Streets of Rage Remake and the Sonic 2 remake? They release this but cancel Mega Man Legends 3 and Mega Man Universe??

Now I find out they're trying to gauge future Mega Man titles on a friggin' fan game? Really? REALLY??

ogo79

#56

ogo79 said:

stand back ive just got persmission to name all the 8 bosses in mega man 11...
1-stew man
2-discount man
3-sensitive man
4-ham man
5-ziplock man
6-man man
7-luke warm man
8-paper cut man

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