Chalk this one up to either corporate arrogance, or social stupidity, but it seems that the dude manning Capcom’s European Twitter account has completely lost it. After the unfortunate news of Mega Man Legend 3’s cancelation yesterday, CapcomEuro lit the flame of incompetence with what is now known as The Tweet Heard ‘Round the ‘Net, essentially blaming the fans for MML3’s death:
“it’s a shame the fans didn’t want to get more involved if we saw there was an audience for MML3 people might change minds”
What followed was a universal and harmonious “…REALLY!?”
Admittedly, this may have been interpreted as far more antagonistic than it was meant to be, but after crushing the souls of those long-awaiting the sacred release of MML3, this wasn’t the smoothest comment Capcom could have made. Still, I would have given them the benefit of the doubt, if the next 24 hours weren’t such an enormous PR clusterfuck.
Shortly after that initial comment, fans started Tweet-bombing @CapcomEuro, and in an attempt to douse the flames with either water or gasoline, the man behind the corporate Twitter account responded to damn near everybody. This is either a case of genuine PR responses being horribly misinterpreted, or Capcom not giving half a baked shit.
Images courtesy of NeoGAF.
Whether these Tweets are laced with sarcasm or stupidity, it’s certainly not the best way to approach grieving fans of a dying franchise. Of course, there’s always the slim possibility that this is an enormous PR stunt, organized by a handful of clever individuals who want to show Capcom execs just how much their fans really do care about Mega Man Legends 3. I like to think it’s the latter, and that this public outcry might be enough to save the series.
I can dream, can’t I?