Capcom's been giving Mega Man increased attention in recent years. Between Mega Man 11 and several Legacy Collections – covering the original series and Mega Man X sub-series – many fans have been hoping we'd see similar love for Mega Man Battle Network.
Known in Japan as Rockman.EXE, yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of its Japanese release, and we've not seen a mainline entry for 15 years (12 years if you count Operate Shooting Star, which crossed over with the Star Force sub-series).
Speaking through Rockman Unity – Capcom's official Mega Man blog – to commemorate this, the company detailed several Battle Network announcements. Admittedly, most of these had been previously confirmed, such as a "Rockman Exe Treasure Box", but no new game announcements were made.
Perhaps anticipating disappointment over this, Capcom's Takekuni Uchida also left this comment:
If the world hadn’t been in such a state, I might have had other plans to announce. But for now, I think it’s time to be patient. Of course, washing hands, gargling and social distancing are important, too. It’s always Rockman who beats the virus after all!
Many companies have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – Capcom itself has come under heavy criticism for allegedly forcing staff to work onsite – so we're hardly surprised to hear this has caused delays.
Still, it's evident that something is being planned, new game or otherwise. Capcom previously stated last year it is open to a new Battle Network game, but also clarified that it would need to consider "all" factors. For now, we'll have to wait on those further announcements.
Would you love to see a new Battle Network game? Got a favourite Mega Man sub-series? Tell us all down below.
I was thinking there should be a Battle Network Collection just this weekend.
Okay, that fair enough...
Only played the first one, but I remember enjoying the battle system. I should probably get started on the sequel at one point.
@MS7000 Might as well wait for the collection to release.
As a Megaman Legends fan I've been patiently waiting... like, forever?
Battle Network collection i assume.
I bet they're gonna do another two part collection. I hope so anyway, I absolutely loved these games as a kid.
I'd gladly take a battle network collection! Oh and please include the one on Gamecube. I know it is vastly different from the handheld games but I really enjoyed it. It's like a mashup of battle network and the classic series and it's a really underrated game.
Oh, please Battle Network remaster from GBA, NDS, Gamecube era.
I'm looking for those games recently.
I recently picked up both Collections (Megaman X and Z/ZX) + Megaman 11 for my Switch, and the Dual Pack for PSP (Two remakes)
It would be cool another collection, to keep filling my recent Megamania, specially if it comes with Network Transmission (i am more a platformer guy than a RPG guy)
Capcom brings everything else to switch but why not the new DMC, RE, games to switch
Gargling? I've not heard that one on the news...
You guys should check out Eadus Ending on itch.io it's got some similar mechanics to Megaman battle network and looks promising, there's a demo too I believe although the demo is for pc.
I want a new same console co-op 3rd person game potentially made with the RE engine.
I don't need anything as fancy as a story just a modest co-op .NET Battling action game that also tests whelther there is a viable audience.
@Lukandon I suppose there is a fair chance of that happening, but I do already have it on Wii U virtual console, so will probably play there. =)
I've been replaying Battle Network games recently, including discovering 4.5 for the first time thanks to a remarkably well done fan translation, and yeah, this series really needs its Legacy Collection.
The EXE franchise was really big during its run, it had multiple anime shows, manga, merchandising, art books, lots of games. It's surprising that it ended and wrapped up so quickly with no such continuation, albeit Starforce was a successor series it didn't continue that momentum.
Meanwhile I've been waiting for a megaman star force collection. I just want a way to legally play it without spending hundreds
Would be nice, I wrote off the series back in the day but would love to give it a second chance
C'mon Capcom give us a Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection. Volume 1 should include BN1-4 and Battle Chip Challenge, and Volume 2 should include BN5-6 and Network Transmission.
@anoyonmus until now the engine those games ran on, RE Engine, wasn't compatible with Switch. They just recently got a Switch compatible version of it up and running for Monster Hunter Rise, Stories 2, Ghosts and Goblins, and the Arcade Stadium, but it remains to be seen if the previous RE Engine games could be brought over to this custom version.
I would drop money on an entire Battle Network collection. Though I'm not entirely sure how they'd pull it off since they did the two version Pokemon approach with Battle Network 3 on up. Then there was also the Double Team DS release for Battle Network 5 that included both versions.
Unpopular opinion maybe, but I prefer the gameplay in Battle Network/Star Force over the more traditional Mega Man platformers. Most of the Mega Man games I've played range from good to pretty decent however. Barring Dr. Wily's Revenge on the GB.
I would like a shot at the Mega Man Legends games too. Haven't played any of those.
@Orpheus79V just now RE 7 and RE Village is announced to be coming to Google Stadia.
So now I am not too worried about it now
Can i have legacy collection 2 physical pls?
Sadly the only way to get that is through the Rockman 5 in 1 Special Box collection, a limited edition box set that was Japan exclusive and no longer in print.
It's for these reasons that I'm thankful Capcom didn't make the Zero collection two separate titles, where the latter half is usually only available digitally.
I'd be concerned that a Battle Network collection would likely do the same, because the core games can be neatly divided into two separate trilogies.
Battle Network is near and dear to my heart, having grown up with many of the entries. I loved the mixture of RPG mechanics, from the chip collectathon to dungeon crawling (depending on the entry) with massive post-game content. Combined with memorable musical earworms and one of my favorite art styles, the games also contain one of the most unique and rewarding battle system ever, brilliantly combining turn-based strategy with hectic Capcom-quality action.
Megaman really does contain some of the most varied and diverse game mechanics of a single IP, and I would absolutely love for the brand to receive a revitalization of all of our favorite franchises, from Battle Network to finally making Legends 3.
I've been eagerly anticipating a BN collection for a really long time, and haven't been playing any BN stuff while I wait, but I totally understand! I'll wait a bit longer but in the meantime it's nice to see some acknowledgement, and what sounds like, pretty much confirmation that it's in the works.
@MS7000 The collections normally provide quality of life improvements, but fair enough.
@Tyranexx Same, I prefer Star Force. Still need to give Battle Network a real try though.
A new entry would be cool but I'd be totally happy with a BN collection. Never got round to playing the whole series.
I think the best thing though would be a mashup with all the best ideas from the 5 games thrown together, kinda like how Sonic Mania rehashed a load of classic levels alongside new ones. The games are similar enough that playing through the whole lot might be a bit of a slog, I remember reviewers at the time slating them for being too similar.
I've always wanted to play these games, but never had the means to. I'm really hoping for a collection. I was actually introduced to the Mega Man series as a whole through the Battle Network-inspired Mega Man NT Warrior, which was also my first manga.
@kickerofelves Personally I would prefer a complete reboot. Begin again from Battle Network 1, nailing and modernizing the fundamentals, with a reimagining of the story while staying true to the basic premise. Then you can roll out the sequels and all the great mechanics more slowly, and even go in new directions with the storyline.
My biggest wish however would be a massive multiplayer-like function similar to Sword/Shield's Wild Area, where all sorts of Navi's could congregate, just like the online hubs within the games, and even dungeon crawl together.
@Lukandon I really enjoyed Star Force as well; it mixed up the battle mechanics a little while retaining some of the core aspects of BN. That said, I do prefer Lan and Mega Man's team dynamic over Geo and Omega-Xis, and I also feel that the plot in some of the Battle Network games (ignoring the formulaic first one and the annoying completionist mechanics in the 4th BN entries) is slightly better overall.
I do feel that Star Force was dropped a little soon, though I don't think it was as successful in its multimedia onslaught compared to Battle Network/Mega Man NT Warrior. The difficulty was ramping up nicely between installments, and I like how they used the concept of Noise in Black Ace (never played Red Joker). I felt that added a lot to the form change mechanics that began way back in BN 2 with the style changes.
@Ulysses The Battle Network series was a staple of my childhood! I got into the anime first and have owned at least one version of each game from 3 onward. I still own many of them and revisit them once in a blue moon. Unfortunately, the first two games were out of print by the time I learned about the companion games. (I was a definite multimedia target as a kid, if my continued love for both Pokemon and Digimon is an indicator) The good news is they all saw rereleases on the Wii U Virtual Console, so I was able to play the first two. BN2 is almost identical to 3. 1 was definitely rough around the edges compared to its successors, but there was still plenty to enjoy.
@Lukandon It will be good if the collection does come though. By that point, it should hopefully be cheaper than buying the others via VC, especially since they start doing dual versions of the games if I am not mistaken.
Capcom please make another Mega Man X Command Mission and Mega Man Legends.
3D Mega Man needs some love too!
A battle network collection would be a lot of hours of content in one package.
They need a collection with all the updated games and eventually a new one.
It reminds me that I have not played Battle Network 6. I got bored by 5 and it's "tactical battles" or whatever they were called. But apparently 6 is a nice return to form.
Despite being a hardcore Mega Man fan, I never truly got into the Battle Network series outside of maybe the first game. I dabbled in Network 5 a little. I should give this spin off series another chance sometime. I'd love to see them bundle all the games into a collection, actually. It'd be great for people like me who don't own them all.
played through all the Battle Network games and finished Starforce 2 a couple of weeks ago. I am more a fan of Battle Network than Starforce but would love to have a Network and Starforce Collection. Last week I played through Network Transmission on the Cube again. Love this amalgamation of classic and Battle Network game =) Currently I am reading the NT Warrior comics to my 4 and 6 year old sons (again) - they love it.
About a month ago, I was wondering why we haven't had a new Mega Man game since Mega Man 11. I hope we get something sooner rather than 8 years later...
I Wants Mega Man Star Force Games. If Battle Network Game Will not made it's ok for me but I Wants Mega Man Star Force Games.
Loved this series. Would be great to see the originals on eShop.
I think making Battle Network into an actual MMO would be a great game for fans of the series
It's better to stay safe then be infected by a virus that can cause millions of lives. Though I would like to formally ask, are there any plans for a future Magaman Starforce 4 release? If so, I would be excited to know that the Starforce Franchise would make a revival on the Switch.
@Zeldafan79 that one is considered the worst in the series, but include it in the collection anyway because that's part of series history
@Adieus I never played Star Force as a kid and just recently dipped into the first one. That game WOULD NOT work all that well on modern platforms because the UI would clutter everything
Since Switch has become, to me anyway, a dream for porting older things, I'd kinda like to see MM Legends come to it. I never actually got to finish those waaaaaay back in the day, but they were fun as hell (sister peeking aside.... O_o )
@Bobb now I feel like a copycat bc I just said basically same. ; ;
Of course I would be one of the first to buy a Megaman Battle Network Game, Although The Game With Lan I Bought All Of Those Games, cause it was fun playing them. But star force I didn't like much? I was close to going back and buy them until I found out nintendo discontinued the ds series? Hopefully Capcom, Will Still Try To Make The Series, Cause I Miss Playing Battle Network With Lan, Chaise, And Searchman?
Makes sense. Better safe then sorry. It'll come eventually.
The Battle Network series is such a messy assortment of titles, that I question what games would be in such a legacy collection or not. Like the latter games that had multiple entries with only minimal differences between them, do they include both versions or do they find a way to just combine the content of both titles to into a single game that they include instead. Does the obscure Wonder Swan Battle Network game get included? Does Network Transmission get included? What about Battle Chip Challenge? And what about the Star Force games? They're tangentially connected like the ZX games with the Zero games, do they get included too, even the one that was essentially a remake of Battle Network 1? I'm very curious to see how this series will be treated in a legacy collection.
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