For those that didn't know, this past Saturday the Mega Rock Fan Fiesta event took place in Tokyo, and at the shindig a rather surprising fan project was announced. As the Blue Bomber's fans continue to bemoan the cancellation and abandonment of Mega Man Legends 3, a Facebook group called Get Me Off the Moon — which has contributors from Japan and the West — has confirmed that it's planning to release a 2D 8-bit demake of the unreleased 3DS eShop title Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version.
A degree in rocket science isn't required to know that 2D does not equal 3D, so the drastic shift in play style is certainly intriguing, though main character Barrett will retain abilities such as ledge climbing and lock-on shooting. Intriguingly, the group states that two former Capcom employees will contribute: Hideki Ishikawa is a character designer that will produce the box art, and Makoto Tomozawa is a composer that'll provide a couple of tracks.
There's set to be a demo released soon, with a loose prediction of releasing the game for free on PC in August. The only alternative aspect, and one that we think encourages caution, is that the project is requesting donations on its Facebook page to help fund completion. Typically free fan projects don't seek donations, and though Capcom VP Christian Svensson has apparently given his blessing, if money moves around in support of this game Capcom may potentially object.
So we wouldn't say this one is guaranteed to make it, but check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. Is this another 8-bit Mega Man fan project you'd like to download for free onto PC, assuming it's completed?