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Capcom still committed to Mega Man

The cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 cast a dark, waist-high shadow on the franchise's future. This week, however, Capcom gave fans a reason to hope by stating it has far from given up on the Blue Bomber, and that it is only a matter of time before we hear an official announcement for what the studio considers one of its most important properties.

“Mega Man is a key brand for Capcom and will remain so,” insisted Christian Svensson, Capcom's VP of strategic planning and business development, in a chat with GameInformer. "I don’t have any products we’ve announced publicly that I can point to and say, 'see, I told you', but there are 'top men' within Capcom thinking about the future of the brand and where it’s going. We will have official announcements in due course.”

Capcom's decision to scrap Mega Man Legends 3 and its 3DS companion, Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version, did not sit well with fans. This was especially true for those who contributed to The Development Room, a Mega Man Legends 3 “think tank” that had been set up to give the community a chance to build their ideas and designs into the final game. According to Svensson, dismissing the efforts of this community-driven initiative was the hardest part of Mega Man Legends 3's death, and Capcom understands it must work to rebuild the trust it lost following the site's closure.

“Our relationships with fans are extremely important and I know we’ve got some that are disenfranchised right now,” he admitted, noting, “Unfortunately, in this situation, there is no panacea. It’s going to take time to rebuild those bridges. Product cycles are long and it’ll be a little while until fans can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And the last thing I want to do is prematurely announce something in the name of sating the fans that gets canceled or redirected later, thereby creating an even larger wound," he said. “I can only ask for people’s patience.”

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10 comments

  • Garlador - December 9, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    "I can only ask for people's patience." And I can only ask for Mega Man Legends 3.
  • Pantas - December 9, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    "the last thing I want to do is prematurely announce something in the name of sating the fans that gets canceled or redirected later, thereby creating an even larger wound" Considering Capcom has done this twice in one year just with Megaman games I find that hard to believe.
  • onetimebuster - December 9, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    Still committed to killing it.
  • codystovall - December 9, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    Megaman is in a box in a government warehouse in an undetermined locale.
  • Primed - December 9, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Only thing I can think of when I hear the phrase "top men" is when, at the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The guy says it's being studied by "top men". Kinda makes me think any Megaman game is locked away in a wooden crate at a secret Capcom storage facility.
  • slimjim441 - December 9, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    'So, where's that new Mega Man game, Capcom?' 'We're having our Top Men working on it.' 'Who?' 'Top. Men.' [poker face] (just replace Mega Man and Capcom with Half-Life and Valve; still works. XD)
  • slimjim441 - December 9, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    Patience granted, Capcom. Don't waste it.
  • therawski - December 9, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    I remember when the canceled the Legends project, but I was completely in the dark about it existing until then. But I was upset because it was a GOOD IDEA that games should be developed by the user base. If they brought the project back I would love to jump on board, It was a huge mistake on Capcom's part. They should have worried more about losing the respect of their fan base than taking a at most a small loss in profit if the game didn't sell (at least it would have been bought by everyone who contributed)
  • shawksta - December 9, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    We'll wait Sven but it better be worth it, Im already waiting for Ace Attorney Investigations 2 to be localized which HE said WILL be but wont be for the DS, I trust you'll somehow bring back the Megaman Legends 3 development.
  • iluvpkmnmonday - December 9, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    Make it so Brelston!

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