In what is an absolutely crushing bit of news for Blue Bomber diehards the world over, Capcom has officially announced today that they have pulled the plug on the highly anticipated Mega Man Legends 3 Project.
An official statement on the Capcom Unity Devroom blog confirmed the ongoing fears of many fans that the 3DS sequel to the PlayStation cult classic series would not see the light of day. The statement claims that titles must meet certain criteria before a title goes into production, and that regrettably “it was not felt that the Mega Man Legends 3 Project met the required criteria.”
Speculation that the title was in trouble began to rise when Keiji Inafune, considered by many to be the father of Mega Man, suddenly left Capcom back in October of 2010 after 23 years with the company. This was followed by the cancellation of another Mega Man project, Mega Man Universe, back in March. Anxiety reached a fever pitch earlier this month when Capcom removed the link for the Mega Man Legends 3 project from their front page.
The cancellation comes as an especially rough one for the community as the MML3 Project centered around fan input in many of its aspects; Mega Man enthusiasts were encouraged to submit character and robot designs as well as vote on different aspects of the game during its production. Capcom did state in their announcement that they will keep the game’s community forums open indefinitely.
Considering the incredible level of fan support this project had, to call this news disappointing would be an understatement. I suppose all that’s left to do is to dust off our PlayStations, dig out our old copies, or maybe play a few rounds with Tron Bonne in MvC 3 and try to remember the brighter times.