Darker, grittier Mega Man Online trailer brings murder, street riots and the deaths of millions

Ever since the late '80s, the phrase "darker, grittier" has been synonymous with two things. Firstly, there have been stimulating reinterpretations of existing media. Thankyou, The Dark Knight Returns. Then, there have been the works that misguidedly ground all the lightness and joy out of their predecessors in the name of adolescent sales. Damn you, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Final Fight: Streetwise

The Mega Man franchise has greatly fluctuated between light and dark over the years, the original games making up the former tone and the X and Zero sagas making up the latter. Being a mash-up of all Mega Man eras, we expected the tone of the upcoming Korean MMO Mega Man Online (MMO MMO?) to be pretty eclectic, but yikes, does this anime trailer imply very serious business indeed. It's epic, it's bleak, and it implies that the game is going to take in an apocalypse roughly every 15 minutes.

Though surprisingly, I might actually love it a bit. In fact I'm pretty sure it's incredibly badass. In I'm we're pretty sure I want it turned into a full-length movie instead of a game. Immediately. Tell me what you think.

Cheers, Kotaku.