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After an appearance at Tokyo Game Show last September, things have been awfully quiet on the Mega Man Universe front. Today we learned why, with an announcement from Capcom that the game has been canceled. The short post on Capcom's Japanese site didn't elaborate on the reasons behind the project's demise, other than cryptically citing "various circumstances."
The downloadable game was announced in July, promising user-created levels and plenty of Capcom fan service. Aside from the usual roster of contemporary Mega Man characters, players would also be able to take on Dr. Wily's forces as Ryu or even the goofy-looking interpretation of the character from the NES version's North American box art. The project was closely associated with Capcom's Keiji Inafune, who got his start at the company helping create the design for the original Mega Man before rising through the ranks to eventually oversee the company's global production. Inafune left the company in October, saying that he was becoming increasingly frustrated at his inability to simultaneously manage people and follow his creative interests.
While at TGS, we spoke with Mega Man Universe's producer, Akito Ito, who reinforced Inafune's personal attachment to the game. "Mr. Inafune is the father of Mega Man and his concept with Mega Man is always to explore new avenues," she said. "So he always wants to bring a fresh new approach for the fans and wants to surprise them. He will plop something down in front of us and say 'this is the new Mega Man!' And we will be surprised because we never would have thought to take it that direction."
We've contacted Capcom for comment on the cancellation, and we'll update this story as we learn more.
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Well now this sucks
kinda lookin forward to it but guess not
Well that sucks wind.
WHY!!!! I wanted that so bad dang it. That blows!
Hm, that was unexpected.
Dang! Will we ever see a new Mega Man after the departure of Inafune?
This may be blasphemous but I've never been a Mega Man fan. I was looking forward to this a little bit though, seems weird that they didn't get it done.
This thing was so hyped up, I am now very sad... Good thing we got another Respec Radio this week. That will get me through this hardship.
that blows I was really looking forward to this...hopefully tim doesnt go all clock tower on everyone
Capcom, PLEASE think about what you are doing. at LEAST release mega man 11 this summer.
This sounds like an early April Fools joke and maybe they will release a trailer later next saying ha ha joke's on you. Nah were not that lucky
please let it be a april fools joke. Maybe they meant to release this tomrowow? oh who am I kidding. This sucks!
I always had a feeling that it would be canceled but this still sucks. I really like the idea behind Megaman Powered-Up on the PSP and a console version would've been awesome.
Oh and Im so sorry for your loss Tim
Well that's disappointing.