Mega Man Legends 3 cancelled, crushing dreams of community developers everywhere

It was just last year at Comic Con that Keji Inafune teased the long-awaited third entry in the cult franchise Mega Man Legends. In the last year, things have been pretty crazy for the title: it was officially announced, Inafune left Capcom soon after, and Capcom revealed interesting community development features where fans could make gameplay suggestions. Finally, Capcom announced back in April that the game would launch with Nintendo’s 3DS eShop. Of course that’s when the good news ended, as Legends 3 was met with quiet delays and eerie silence, which ended with today’s ignominious cancellation.

Given MML3’s bumpy development and connection to one of the least famous branches of the Mega Man franchise, this isn’t a huge shock, but it had come so far that this can’t help but be a major disappointment. Series fans were likely hurt the most by the news, especially those that had been working through Capcom’s online community to help develop the game through suggestions and polls. The 3DS eShop release, subtitled Prototype Version, was planned for players to test out the title and offer suggestions for improvements in the final release, so those anticipating the title were even more involved in the hype than your standard game, making this news all the more painful.

In Capcom’s official statement on its community blog it’s not hard to see the author’s sadness at having to deliver the news. Here’s the explanation for the title’s demise:

“From the outset the MML3 Project was intended to give gamers across the world insight and input into the development process. Part of this process includes an assessment of whether the title will go into full production, and is based on a number of criteria with input from different sectors of the company.

Unfortunately it was not felt that the Mega Man Legends 3 Project met the required criteria, and it is with regret that we must announce that the Mega Man Legends 3 Project has been cancelled, meaning that Capcom will not be releasing the Prototype or the full game. Additionally, updates of the Mega Man Legends Developer Room will cease as of today, though the North American Developer Room and its forums will remain open indefinitely.”

Capcom clarified some other parts of the news, saying that Inafune’s departure was not a factor in the cancellation, that this termination encompassed all versions of the game including the 3DS eShop release, and that despite Legends 3 and Mega Man Universe going to gaming purgatory, the Mega Man franchise is still important to the company. Obviously fan reaction was immediate and annoyed to say the least, with over 400 comments lamenting the news. It’s sad to see this happen when release seemed so close, but it looks like MegaMan will never come home.

Jul 19, 2011


Capcom Comic-Con


  • KREATIVEassassin - July 21, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    @Valcrist: Yeah, definitely. There are, what, six Battle Network games and three Star Force games? Plus stuff like Battle Chip Challenge and Network Transmission. Not to mention that there are two versions of every Battle Network game after the second one and at least two versions of every Star Force game. So apparently it's popular enough to fuel that kind of support. Mega Man Legends has two games and Tron Bonne, as far as I know. Capcom hasn't done anything with him in 10 years.
  • BurntToShreds - July 21, 2011 5:49 a.m.

    I never saw what was so awesome about the game. Megaman, to me, has always been a sidescrolling power absorbing action game.
  • AleeR - July 20, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    I was bummed enough when I discovered this was a 3DS only game. Now to know I'll never be able to play it really stinks. Are they surprised that focusing this purely on a just released system didn't produce the involvement or results they wanted to move it forward?
  • AssBugers - July 20, 2011 10:04 p.m.

    @GringoStar Fair enough point, perhaps I was a little to cynical in my earlier post (most names are dumb if you examine them) but with all the Mega Man spin off franchises constantly being churned out it would be nice to have some time off. Although people might complain a few years without any Mega Man releases could do allot to make the character feel special again and re-kindle that old magic.
  • Valcrist - July 20, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    @KREATIVEassasine Really? I always though that it was either the Battle Network/now Starforce series I personally see this in a very sad light, since Inafune himself said that legends was his favorite version and always said that if he had the money he would have made the third part a long time ago, maybe the reason both this and megaman universe were cancelled was due to the fact that he was the person pushing for their development?
  • KREATIVEassassin - July 20, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    I had no idea so many people liked Mega Man Legends. I always thought of it as the black sheep Mega Man series that no one gave a damn about.
  • Xifihas - July 20, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    Why the hell are you guys so upset, the Legends games sucked. Clunky controls, tedious gameplay and a story that tries too hard. I don't even understand how Legends 3 was even announced in the first place.
  • reveffect - July 20, 2011 6:31 a.m.

    Aaaaaaaaaah heeeeeeell nah!!! Why capcom why?
  • NanoElite666 - July 20, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I am not pleased with this at all. Legends was pretty much the only Mega Man series I actively give a crap about (Zero was good to, but that one's over), aaaaaaaand now we're not getting any more of it. And with the cancellation of this game it's probably going to be a while before I get a 3DS, since this was pretty much the only thing I was looking forward to on it. Screw you Capcom.
  • fullmetallegend - July 20, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    At long last, I was to have another Mega Man Legends game. The Mega Man series I, personally, had the fondest memories of. Now, this! I thought it would never come and now they have to get my hopes up before proving me right. I miss the older gen systems, when devs could make what they wanted. =[
  • ObliqueZombie - July 20, 2011 4:15 a.m.

    They even had gameplay... and a Protoman/Zero-type character... ... I'm just sad. Nothing more to say. I was even ready to shell out the money to buy a 3DS for this game alone, but now? I'm just sad.
  • GringoStar - July 20, 2011 4:12 a.m.

    @AssBugers I doubt Bioware is done doing games like Sonic (which I have yet to play but have heard amazing things). Though the name Mega Man may sound like something from the 80s, it definitely has a history. I mean we still hear things about characters like Super Man, which sounds rather 70s (and yet they're making a movie; no doubt there will also be a video game.). And Platinum Games has some sort of (I guess you can say) experience with "retro/old school" games (i.e. Mad World). Though it doesn't have to be these developers, it would be nice to see Capcom have some help with this from a company with a great track record. It really hurts to see this get shunned and though I love Capcom, they really have to slow it down with the fighting games and re-releasing games(Super Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and soon to be Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3)...especially with a different protagonist(Dead Rising:Off the Record).
  • LaffPiranha - July 20, 2011 4:11 a.m.

    I might as well pile on the disappointment bandwagon and say that this news saddens me to quite an extent. I was extremely fond of both the old Mega Man Legends games, including The Misadventures of Tron Bonne spin-off title. What kind of world do we live in when Duke Nukem gets another chance at life, but a unique Mega Man franchise is left to die? Henry Gilbert, I demand you use whatever supreme journalistic powers you wield at your disposal to make this right. That's right: this is your fight now, Mr. Bearer of Bad News. Have at them!
  • Robusken - July 20, 2011 3:56 a.m.

    Dammit! Why Capcom why?! We couldn't even get the prototype version over here. Hell I need to punch something @.@
  • TheMagnificentManCooker - July 20, 2011 3:39 a.m.

    Watching the video to the right depresses me greatly...
  • NotSteve - July 20, 2011 3:22 a.m.

    Real talk, Y'all. If a company up and s**t-cans a game because it wasn't up to their snuff, then it probably wasn't very good. I loved, LOVED the first two Legends games, and putting out an inferior product would have been like carving a hole in my chest and taking a huge deuce right on my heart. I'd rather have two great old games I can go back to than one new s**t game that makes me want to kill myself.
  • Rodon - July 20, 2011 3:17 a.m.

    *sigh* Capcom, I like you and all, but is there a party over at Japan that you are trying to invite the likes of Activision over?
  • Kisokuiki - July 20, 2011 3:02 a.m.

    One more strike against Japanese Activision.
  • AssBugers - July 20, 2011 2:52 a.m.

    @GringoStar Bioware is done slumming it with old IPs like Mega Man and Sonic and I am not sure if I want to see a possible modern take on Mega Man that Platinum Games might take. Do you really want to see Mega Man crossed with Vanquish? Mega Man seems like a character that was built out of the late 80's. His name is "mega" "man". Sure the name has great history (and allot of bad history) but its a dated name. I love Mega Man but just let him be a retro/2D gimmick that Capcom pulls out because the name is just too dumb to be a modern franchise.
  • Valcrist - July 20, 2011 2:45 a.m.

    I didn´t wanted to say this, but i´m getting a dreadful feeling, that megaman will end like viewtiful joe, with his storylines left unfinished..... ok talkradar crew, we need you to kidnap Seth Killian and force some answers from him, because we all know that Inafune´s departure had something to do with this.

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