Capcom: Mega Man Remains A "Key Brand" For Us
Some long-time fans are asking: "Hey...where'd Mega Man go?"
After franchise producer Keiji Inafune left Capcom, both Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3 were canceled, and the iconic character never made the rosters for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. So the fans are understandably worried.
But there's good news: according to what Capcom senior vice president Christian Svensson told Game Informer, the company is committed to keeping the Blue Bomber around for quite some time. Said Svensson:
"Change has been a constant during my six years at Capcom (vastly for the positive) but I want to be crystal clear on this point. Mega Man is a key brand for Capcom and will remain so. I don't have any products we've announced publicly that I can point to and say 'see, I told you' but there are 'top men' ('top men'? 'Yes, top men') within Capcom thinking about the future of the brand and where it's going. We will have official announcements in due course."
Svensson does admit that Capcom has had to make some decisions "that don't make sense to the community," and the resulting fallout is "regrettable." The bottom line is that it will take time to rebuild the good name of Mega Man, and regain the trust of those hardcore followers. Finished Svensson:
"Unfortunately, in this situation, there is no panacea. It's going to take time to rebuild those bridges. Product cycles are long and it'll be a little while until fans can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And the last thing I want to do is prematurely announce something in the name of sating the fans that gets canceled or redirected later, thereby creating an even larger wound. I can only ask for people's patience."
Well, we agree that you should never completely abandon the characters that helped push this industry forward, even during the darkest times. We just hope Capcom does it faithfully and respectfully...don't go ruining our beloved series. If you're going to do that, just let the Blue Bomber rest in peace, please.
12/10/2011 10:02:28 AM Ben Dutka