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Capcom Collaborates with Musicians on Mega Man Tribute Albums

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

A remix album and and all new rock tracks

This Mega Man anniversary year may have lacked a new title in the franchise — aside from a sanctioned PC fan-game — but has included plenty of memorabilia and soundtrack releases. Some examples have been rather good, such as neat little figurines, while others — such as this Rush tissue pouch in Japan — have been a little tackier.

Nevertheless, some effort has been made to celebrate the Blue Bomber, and the latest announced projects may have promise for fans of video game music remixes and compositions. Capcom Unity has confirmed two new albums — For Everlasting Peace: 25 Years of Mega Man and MM25: Mega Man Rocks.

We're honored to again be collaborating with Capcom on another iconic franchise, paying tribute to over 25 years of Mega Man," said OC ReMix founder and president David Lloyd, who will also contribute to the album alongside more than 20 musicians. "The music of Mega Man is as diverse as the many adventures the games take us on, providing the perfect soundtrack to a quarter century of robotic heroism and upgradeable projectile weapons. The OverClocked ReMix community is always excited to explore new interpretations and expressions of such amazing compositions, and we believe that For Everlasting Peace - our first commercial album - will offer fans something new while staying true to our goals of honoring great video game music and composers!

The MM25: Mega Man Rocks album will feature all-new tracks from six live acts known for their game music; this'll include Built to Last from The Protomen, new songs from Arm Cannon and X Hunters, as well as re-recorded hits from The Megas and Bit Brigade — The Protomen and Mega Ran are also picking some favourite jams to also go on the album.

These albums will be available for sale on iTunes and elsewhere, and budding artists or designers can also submit designs for the cover art of both albums, which could be a neat prize.

Are you interested in either of these album projects?

[via capcom-unity.com, destructoid.com]

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User Comments (19)

Yosher

#1

Yosher said:

That's great and all, Mega Man music generally being pretty good, but what about Capcom actually getting out some Mega Man GAMES? Or is Mighty No 9 really the only game that 'tributes' Mega Man's anniversary? (Not bashing that game, getting it day one, just wondering where the actual Mega Man games are these days...)

XCWarrior

#2

XCWarrior said:

What are we talking about here? Not a game, not a game. A soundtrack. Not a game, not, not a game... but a soundtrack. You got to be kidding me, right. Not a game, but a SOUNDTRACK.

(I shall hope there are some sports fans that will get this reference.)

Palom

#3

Palom said:

@Yosher OK, this needs to be said.

GIVE. IT. UP.

Every time Capcom does a thing, someone's gotta be saying "What about the games?" I'm sick of seeing it. It's not going to happen, no matter how many times you complain. So just stop it.

Bulbousaur

#4

Bulbousaur said:

Yet again, Capcom uses fans to keep Megaman alive instead of creating content themselves...

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#5

Philip_J_Reed said:

That's great and all, Mega Man music generally being pretty good, but what about Capcom actually getting out some Mega Man GAMES?

From the post linked above:
"Hi, I'm Brett, the one who handled this. I cannot make a game. I can arrange fun stuff like this. So I did. And here it is."

Captain_Toad

#6

Captain_Toad said:

Ignoring the giant elephant in the room.

You gotta listen to the OCremix crew if you haven't already. They're awesome.

Shiryu

#7

Shiryu said:

I have been terribly busy with my many music projects (one of them you guys will hear about really soon) but I do hope to still make some time to properly give Megaman a 25th year special tribute.

hypercoyote

#8

hypercoyote said:

@Bulby That's what I was thinking. So basically they're taking other fan generated content (were any of these originally for sale or were they all free?), re-bundling it, reselling it and making money off of it. Happy Anniversary, Megaman, we're milking your fans!

marc_max

#9

marc_max said:

A fan made game and now fan made music.
What's next? A fan artbook?
Come one Capcom, revive your mascot. Let Inti Creates make Megaman 11!

Yosher

#10

Yosher said:

@Palom You can yell at me all you want, but people -will- keep shouting at Capcom about this, especially after the games they DID announce have been cancelled. I miss Mega Man games, and I'm sure as heck not the only one. It's not that I don't appreciate non-game tributes to the Blue Bomber, but after so many tributes for him already you'd think they'd finally come with a game, but no. So sorry if I come off disappointed about it.

@Philip_J_Reed There's a response I can work with. Makes it more acceptable that there's no game coming I guess, but it still sucks. But oh well. The music is still very enjoyable!

JebbyDeringer

#11

JebbyDeringer said:

I wonder how it will turn out. Most OC remixes I've heard are completely generic within their given genre. Like if they weren't Megaman no one would be listening to them. I like it when they can stand alone as a good song whether someone knows the original or not.

sleepinglion

#12

sleepinglion said:

This is neat, but yeah, we didn't even see a spiffy new collection of titles or anything. I would have picked up a new compilation game if it included the Mega Drive's Mega Man The Wily Wars or some other hard-to-find-in-the-States titles and rarities.

unrandomsam

#14

unrandomsam said:

I just want ZX and ZX2 with minimal updates so they work properly (Full screen) on the 3DS (Download only would be fine).

Nautical-Rudie

#15

Nautical-Rudie said:

I put Mega Ran on in London for his last tour, super nice and inspiring dude who makes incredible music, check him out

Rafie

#16

Rafie said:

As long as these remixes isn't has HORRID as those remixes from Street Fighter 3 Third Strike. Those were just plain awful. No comparison at all to the awesome originals.

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