After the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 and the Blue Bomber’s exclusion from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, many have been wondering if Capcom had completely given up on their popular robotic hero. It seemed like they were going out of their way to leave him out of things, hoping that gamers would simply forget their love for the classic character and move on. Some wondered if, to put it bluntly, Capcom was in the process of “killing” Mega Man - a fear echoed by many fans. According to Capcom’s Christian Svensson, this isn’t even remotely the case.
During a Q&A, Svensson directly addressed the concern that the publisher was dropping support for the character. “Oh, absolutely not,” he said, explaining that Mega Man is still a very important brand for Capcom, and one that they will absolutely continue to support in the future. “I wish I had something I could hold and display for you that that’s the case, but I don’t right now. But super, super important to us; I do want to express that.”
It’s good to finally hear official word on this, though we’re still not completely convinced that Mega Man isn’t rotting in a gutter somewhere. Capcom’s mysterious cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 doesn’t sit well with us, and blaming fans for not participating in their forums is one of the weakest excuse we’ve ever heard to can a title. If it was a bad game it was a bad game, but saying that it’s your fault isn’t really fair. If they were honestly worried about fan interest they could have made it more obvious—but they didn’t. They just killed it, and made it very clear that they had absolutely no intention on bringing it back, fan petitions be damned. Then again, maybe the absolute outrage has proven to Capcom how important Mega Man is, and convinced them to throw the Blue Bomber one more Energy Pellet.
Aug 10, 2011