Capcom really went all out for Street Fighter’s 25th Anniversary, releasing the mother of all collections, getting tournaments organised on an (almost) international level and even getting a pretty damned awesome collector’s chess set out. It made sense for the company to do that; Street fighter is one of the company’s oldest and most beloved franchises. Next year, another of its fan-favourite franchises celebrates its Silver Jubilee; the blue-bomber, Mega Man. However, since Capcom hates Mega Man and its fans, Capcom’s warned for fans to “keep their expectations in check.”
Capcom is planning something to celebrate the little blue hero’s 25th – even though they’ve largely ignored him of late – going so far as to cancel the last three Mega Man games; Mega man Legends 3, Mega Man Universe and Korean exclusive Rockman Online. The series’ creator, Keiji Inafune left the company, and even offered to help with Mega Man Legends 3 – but they refused.
“In December ‘some but not all’ plans for the coming year of celebrations will be shared,” said Capcom mouthpiece and SVP Christian Svensson on Capcom Unity. There are many moving parts and not everything will be done and final come December. No one has promised a game or even an announcement of one at that time. Please do keep expectations in check.”
Fans, still upset by the cancellation of Legends and Universe took to the forum to air their vitriol, prompting further response from Svensson.
“In the past, we’ve tried to be extremely open about Mega Man. Unfortunately for a variety of reasons (not the fans’ fault, twas ours) that didn’t work out terribly well. Being open about things before we’re absolutely positive of the plans getting executed given the heightened sensitivity about the topic is the order of the day at this point,” he said of the company’s pervasive silence on the future of the franchise. “You’ll have to take me at my word unfortunately. I, personally, am fighting very hard for Mega Man. I’m sorry it has taken as long as it has.”
“Plans changed once Universe and Legends were halted. That’s the other issue – plans change ALL the time. So while we have things planned out, they move, they shift and unfortunately, sometimes they get cancelled as was the case with Legends and Universe. So sharing plans, that aren’t as firm as concrete in the current environment doesn’t strike anyone as a good idea. Could you imagine the blow up if we announced another Mega Man title and cancelled it? I can and I don’t think anyone would appreciate it.”
In short, it sounds like Capcom still pretty much hates Mega Man. what I expect them to do for the 25th Anniversary is host a swanky event for Mega Man Fans, walk onstage, and take a dump.
And then wipe their arses with Mega Man 11 concept artwork.
Mega Man’s another of those franchises that really blew my mind when I was a kid – and have fond memories of two particular games games in the series; Mega Man 2 and the first Mega Man X. I wish Capcom would do something useful with the damned series – and with Capcom seemingly so keen to farm their games out to Western developers, I’m sure they’d be able to find one that fits without too much trouble.
Last Updated: September 17, 2012