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Capcom aware of interest in new Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Battle Network games

Posted on December 15, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Capcom is finally starting to show its dedication to Mega Man. Next year’s Mega Man 11 certainly helps, and the company also intends to re-release all of the Mega Man X games across various platforms in 2018.

Mega Man 11 fills the role of resurrecting the series that started it all. However, there are other parts of Mega Man that have long been dormant, including Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Battle Network.

Could Capcom eventually return to both of those series? The developer isn’t ruling it out, at least. Mega Man 11 director Koji Oda told Game Informer that Capcom is aware that fans want to see new Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Battle Network games.

He said:

“I’m one of those people who thinks that actions speak louder than words. I could say all kinds of things, but at the end of the day, I’d like fans to see that we’re taking it seriously by starting to resurrect the brand in the way that we are and to continue to prove ourselves moving forward. I love reading survey data. It’s a great pastime, and I’m well aware that there is a voice out there that wants something new for games like Mega Man Legends and Battle Network.”

Mega Man Legends in particular has been on an extremely long break. Mega Man Legends 3 was supposed to happen on 3DS, but Capcom eventually cancelled the project. That one still stings.

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  • Umegames Official

    “aware” or more battle network games?! no thanks. Legends, yes PLEASE!

    • Joe Drozdzal

      i myself would like to see some more games in the x series

    • Jordan Moore

      This!. Starforce was and still is a successor to the EXE series. I wouldnt mind a another succesor to the network and starforce series but what we really need is for legends 3 to be revived.

  • Radish

    Was Legends really that good? I’ve not played those games, but I hope for the sake of those who want them Capcom delivers.

    • Reggie

      I personally think they’re really good. One of my favorite sub-series in the franchise. They play very differently though, to the point where Legends could easily become its own franchise. It’s extremely similar to the Zelda games, at least in concept.

    • CrimReps

      1 is okay, 2 is a masterpiece

    • hoteltuesday

      1 is amazing. 2 is pretty solid too.

    • Aiddon

      They’re alright. They have some serious 90s 3D platformer issues though and some annoying bosses.

    • stowrag

      They’ve aged and might not seem like masterpieces today, but at the time they were the first to reinvent Mega Man beyond a simple platformer, creating an entire world with fleshed out characters with voices. They did what Zelda 64 did for Zelda, but even more so. I still think they’re fun to play today.

    • Aline Piroutek

      Nowadays it is super difficult to play with its controls settings(Legends 1). In comparison to a free câmera game like Super Mario Galaxy.

      • BrokenSkullZero

        Yeah Legends 2 allowing free movement in lock-on feel like a Zelda game, and could technically be played like a 3rd person shooter in some in-game setups

        but Legend 1… the controls are the epitome of not aged well

    • Blackman Sombrero

      My brother has said that he considers Legends one of the best games the franchise had churned out. I consider it as well, because there was some definite heart and charm behind the games. I should know, I own all 3 of the games for the original Playstation (1, 2 and Tron)

    • Jordan Moore

      Legend’s is not mario 64 perfect In terms of gameplay but the series is fun and enjoyable. Both the gameplay and formula may be dated but its quite impressive for mega-man’s first dip into 3D.

  • DonSerrot

    Battle Network was my first MegaMan experience and I’d love to see them revisit those games or at least the concept.

    • Reggie

      Star Force.

      • DonSerrot

        I also enjoyed those, though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the change to an over the shoulder view and much preferred the side view from Battle Network.

        • Jordan Moore

          Same here tbh

  • Reggie

    Just cause they’re aware of it, doesn’t mean they will seriously commit to it. Capcom has been more than aware of the fan demand for Legends 3 and the extreme backlash over its cancellation. In other words, I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m not getting my hopes up.

    As bitter about this as I am, at least Capcom are finally taking strides in resurrecting the classic series, which is the best series to start with honestly. I wonder if there has been any changes in management.

    • Mark

      I’m reminded of Reggie Fils-Aime, who has been acknowledging that the American fans want Mother 3 for years, but we still don’t have anything to show for it. Capcom, surprisingly, wants to make sure that they have something to show for it before they go making statements. Honestly, I’m surprised and happy by this reaction.

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      I understand the skepticism, but nearly every time I see an executive make a comment like these, it often means one thing will eventually lead to another. I only say this because I’m getting some Metroid deja vu from this one.

      • Reggie

        Well I definitely would like Legends 3 to be resurrected, don’t get me wrong. I’m just tired of getting my hopes up only for them to be crushed.

    • Exy
      • Reggie

        I think that comment was said by an opinionated employee who got sacked afterward, from what I’ve heard.

      • Jordan Moore

        Now there’s an audience…

  • CrimReps

    Zero and BN series compilation to everything please.

    • Reggie

      Already have a Zero collection. I wouldn’t mind another though.

      • CrimReps

        I’d like to play it on a console controller, emulating it it’s a pain.

        • Reggie

          I was referring to the Zero Collection release on DS…

          • CrimReps

            Yeah, playing it on a DS is uncomfortable, I’d prefer a console release.

          • Aline Piroutek

            I would prefer a hybrid release. Play on portable/TV mode anytime.

          • Jordan Moore

            This tbh fam

      • Jordan Moore

        Still not on PC/XBOX ONE/PS4

  • Suraimu

    Battle network ended leave that series alone a starforce sequel series with BN gameplay and online would be neat though
    Legends 3 yes please it still hurts so much thinking about the whole cancellation

  • Aiddon

    Man, bringing back Legends 3 would be another kick in the pants to Inafune

    • Reggie

      Why? Inafune wanted Legends 3 to happen. He alone was the sole person to bring it onto the table, to the point where he had to suggest the devroom idea just to get the higher ups to even consider it. When that was cancelled, he too also expressed disappointment. Bringing Legends 3 back (which I sorely doubt will ever happen) would make him overjoyed just as we would be.

      • AquaBat

        If Inafune actually cared about Legends 3 he wouldn’t have left in the middle of it after he was already in charge of 90% of the project
        Him leaving was the reason it couldn’t be released
        He didn’t care at all, he was just pissy that Capcom didn’t like him spending obscene amounts of money and started going on pointless nonsensical rants about how the Japanese game industry sucks compared to the Western game industry.

        • Reggie

          And the same guy tried to continue by offering Comcept’s assistance, which Capcom refused. To say that he outright abandoned it entirely is false.

          • AquaBat

            Ah yes, he comes crawling back later after realizing that making MML3 would be the only thing that saves his reputation. Clearly he definitely cares.
            Capcom, of course, did the correct thing (likely the last correct thing they’d do in a long while) and turn down the person who cost them thousands of dollars over budget making a game that he wanted people to purchase a glorified demo of to offset the cost.

          • Reggie

            Whatever man.

        • Shahe Ansar

          Dude, as much as I disagree on his views of Japanese games (especially this year, with LoZ, Mario, P5, Nier and Nioh) he is a great person. He is the sole reason Megaman exists as a franchise. He worked on MM2 in his off hours with his coworkers to get it started as a franchise.
          I do think the Kickstarter for Mighty no 9 was a disaster, but the studio behind it also makes Gunvolt (A GREAT MM type game) and the Megaman Zero series, so if anything, I think it’s their experience (or lack thereof) with UE4 that ended up creating that mess.

          • AquaBat

            He is a terrible person.
            1) He overspent the budget of the one game he was working on.
            2) He wanted people to pay for a demo of the game. (“Prototype Version”)
            3) He left in the middle of the project for no reason at all.
            4) He tried to make himself look like the good guy by offering his help again after he already screwed the company over.
            5) He proceeds to make a knockoff and has the stones to call it a “spiritual successor”.
            6) He sells the game on concept alone, having not touched a single line of code at all yet.
            7) He hires a terrible community manager who blocks people from receiving the game they paid to support because she disagrees with them.
            8) He proceeds to create a SECOND Kickstarter for a SECOND game and then ANOTHER Kickstarter for the ANIMATED SERIES of that game. Then shuts those down after mysteriously receiving full funding for both. Then creates an animated series pitch for the original game that is still in development. Where did he get all the money to afford this?
            9) He calls himself the “Father”/creator of Mega Man when that is demonstrably false, then pretends he never said anything of the sort. 10) He badmouths the ex-Capcom employee making an Onimusha “spiritual successor”, then proceeds to do it himself, showing his hypocrisy.
            And the fact that you’re placing the blame for MN9 solely on Inti Creates is the most laughable defense of him and his team I’ve ever seen.

          • TheAverageGuyTAG

            As someone who no longer views Inafune with the respect I once did, you wreak of bias.

          • AquaBat

            These are all established facts, there’s not a hint of bias anywhere. These things happened and were documented as happening.

          • TheAverageGuyTAG

            3, 4, 5, and 6 are you taking facts and injecting your subjective opinions into them to make them seem much worse than they are (4 ESPECIALLY), 7 is discussing a different person entirely, and 9 is objectively false as demonstrated here:

            https://www.gamespot.com/articles/tgs-07-mega-man-celebrates-20th-anniversary/1100-6179759/

            “I’m often called the father of Mega Man, but actually, his design was already created when I joined Capcom,” he explained. “My mentor [at Capcom], who was the designer of the original Mega Man, had a basic concept of what Mega Man was supposed to look like. So I only did half of the job in creating him.”

            10 I cannot speak on, as I am not familiar with the context of what you are referring to.

          • AquaBat

            Love how you didn’t even bother to refute 3, 4, 5, and 6 and just said I’m injecting subjectivity into them. Feel free to elaborate.
            Please, enlighten me as to why Inafune abandoned his own project and I will gladly take back 3 immediately.
            Oh wait. You can’t. He quite literally left for no reason.

            Dina was hired BY INAFUNE. How she conducted herself (poorly) as Community Manager is HIS responsibility. He also didn’t bother to unban people so they could get access to the code for the game they paid for.

            He has called himself the Father of Mega Man multiple times and let various interviewers refer to him as such. There’s also this, where he barely denies it (note he doesn’t even mention Kitamura at all) and basically just spins it into a sappy Hallmark quote instead: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/400f0f5fbfb0da9b373a51042f6f8b5010b68fa554ad6947af3d4093bf4bb232.jpg

            “I think it’s [Inti Creates’] experience (or lack thereof) with UE4 that ended up creating that mess.” is straight up blaming them for why MN9 failed, so don’t even try to come at me claiming I twisted those words. Inafune started the project, its fate is on him. The developers play with the cards they’re dealt. And besides that, Inti wasn’t the only team developing. Comcept was a part of it the whole time.

          • TheAverageGuyTAG

            1) Certainly. You took objective facts such as “He left the company” and “He offered to help work on Legends 3” and put your own subjective spin on them with “for no reason at all” and “tried to make himself look like the good guy” in an effort to present the aforementioned objective facts as bad.

            2) He left his project because he left the company as a whole, and he left the company as a whole because he was no longer happy working there and decided that he was no longer suited to working there. It was either stay at Capcom to keep working at the project while likely staying miserable, or leave the company (and by extension the project) to start anew and form a new company.

            3) Yes, I agree that it was his responsibility with regards to how she conducted herself, but that is not the same thing as actually having done the things that Dina did. You can blame him for hiring Dina to begin with and criticize him accordingly; you can’t blame him for Dina going out of control. You blame Dina for that.

            4) Can you provide examples of him directly refering to himself as such? The picture you posted does not actually do anything to point one way or another (one could argue that he is refuting that notion, but as you said, it is a weak denial at beat). I’ve already provided an explicit quote from him denying that he is the father of Mega Man.

            5) The aforementioned poster is citing a potential speculative reason as to why MN9 was not up to snuff from a technical standpoint, not laying the entirety of the blame for the disastrous timeline of the game at Inti Create’s feet while absolving everyone else involved of all blame. You are the one reading into it and making assumptions yourself.

          • AquaBat

            Oh really? He left because he was unhappy?
            He was promoted mere months before, was in the middle of making his dream project solely on his own terms while using an exorbitant amount of money OVER budget to do so, and he was unhappy? He suddenly became so unhappy that he could not possibly finish the project that he pitched, was assigned director of, and started with no objections whatsoever?

          • TheAverageGuyTAG

            He straight-up said himself around the time of Legends 3 that he hated his job and wished to retire early if he could.

            http://www.themmnetwork.com/blog/2010/10/12/inafune-expresses-intense-dislike-for-his-job

          • Shahe Ansar

            Inti creates is not a bad company, they’ve made some seriously good games. I just cited their lack of experience with UE4 as the reason the project failed. And producers don’t usually touch a single line of code.
            And even with all he did, I still stand by my point, and while he wasn’t the father of megaman, he certainly can be called the father of the franchise.
            I lost money on that game too (It was mediocre, not abyssmal like people say. It was also extremely disappointing)

          • AquaBat

            Akira Kitamura is the father of Mega Man and the founder of the franchise. There is literally no denying this. Inafune piggybacked on everything, then got to take all the credit for himself when Kitamura got pissed off and left. Inafune didn’t even produce the original series until 8.

            And you’re completely missing the point with the code bit. NO ONE touched a single line of code. The game development was not started at all when funding began. Mighty No. 9’s Kickstarter was launched with nothing but CONCEPTS. Concepts that ended up being radically different from the finished product. For example Beck was going to drastically change his form and abilities with transformations, but that was replaced with a bland copy of Mega Man’s costume changes with one individual power. Enemy transformations were mentioned. Cut completely. The only thing that stayed the same throughout were character designs. What the backers backed was not what the final game provided, even disregarding its quality.

      • Funtime Happysnacks

        That’s the thing, a lot of people mistakenly believe Inafune was fired, when in fact he was promoted to Head of Capcom R&D just before quitting, despite massive incompetence within the company, and both his own ideas flopping (western-developed titles like lost planet and DmC). I think he knew Capcom were basically hopeless and thought “it can’t be too hard to strike out on my own”

        • Jordan Moore

          “it can’t be too hard to strike out on my own”
          Talk about irony.

          • Funtime Happysnacks

            He admitted when MN9 released that he had massively underestimated the effort of porting, as Capcom had always handled that separately.

      • Jordan Moore

        *COUGH COUGH red-ash COUGH COUGH*

    • Peluso M.

      I agree. After the way Inafune setted the whole Legends 3 thing to fail when he left the company, clearly just to get his kickstarter going, seeing it actually happen without him involved would probably hurt him a little. Especially after his failed attempts at making Megaman ripoffs.

      • Velen (Not WoW)

        Clearly just to get his kickstarter going? You’re speculating, not stating facts.

        • Jordan Moore

          Actually he was planning on leaving the company around legends 3 development to pursue his own interests. This is a known fact and there are articles out there about him leaving and starting his own company even prior to what i first said.

  • Aline Piroutek

    Is he talking about this because Ishihara-san is the designer of the new Megaman game? As he was designer of both series

  • Bahamut Negaum Maconheiro

    WHY NO STARFORCE ????????

    • Aline Piroutek

      The only one that needs a sequel. Battle Network has ended.

      • Bahamut Negaum Maconheiro

        Legal saber que existem fãs do starforce no brasil também

        • Aline Piroutek

          I’m a Megaman fan. Classic, Zero, Legends(I’m playing the first title), Battle Network, X, ZX, Starforce. I like all of them. Except Xover, this one is trash.

      • Jordan Moore

        Technically it needs a successor not a sequel

  • nekoknight

    Yes Capcom, we’ve wanted Mega Man Legends 3 since forever. Please make it happen. And please, let it be the same Legends 3 that was in development for the 3DS, but release it for the SWITCH instead.

    • Jordan Moore

      Don’t forget Steam/Playstation/Xbox

  • Peace Boy

    Battle Network has 6 games which I think is enough, though I’ve yet to play them to actually see if its truly deserving of a sequel.
    Personally my favourite is Star Force and I think that deserves a sequel. Such an underrated series too.

    • Aline Piroutek

      I have a R4 DS and I bought all the games to the collection. Starforce Dragon Pegasus, Starforce 2 both versions and Starforce 3 Black Ace.

      • Peace Boy

        That ain’t all the games. 😛
        You’re missing Leo, and SF3 Red Joker.
        Great though. 🙂

  • GadgetXJ9

    >Battle Network
    Even though it technically ended and continued into Star Force I’d be down for another game. I love the Battle Network games with a passion. Yes, even BN4.

    • Jordan Moore

      >>>>smug nep
      What we need is a succesor to the series tbh

  • Dylan W

    They might as well go back to Legends 3 and clean up the graphics. They probably wasted millions on that game considering it even had a demo.

    • Reggie

      They reused the assets for a separate project. Pretty much everything about Legends 3 has been canned, and at least some of the people who were behind it have since left the company. It ain’t happening, and if it ever does, it won’t be the same as we remember it.

      • Dylan W

        What did they use the assets for?

        • Max

          EX Troopers

          • Aline Piroutek

            Great game by the way. Too bad it is a Japanese only title.

        • Reggie

          I think it was E.X. Troopers. Maybe not in-game assets, but definitely modified character designs.

  • Man

    I don’t see a reason to make another Battle Network game since that sub-series officially ended with BN6.

    • Ossie

      So? Game is god tier, even if the story is over, they can come up with something else bn related

      • Jordan Moore

        Like a succesor?

  • hiru

    New battle netwok???? YES PLEASE CAPGOD!!!

  • Snackster1001

    then do something about it…

    • Funtime Happysnacks

      words are free… no dev time for words

      • Jordan Moore

        Actions speak louder than words

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    i’ve long since lost count of how many times capcom has said “we’re aware people want x”

  • Shadowknight1

    Honestly, if ANYTHING, they need to re-release Legends 1 & 2 on modern consoles before working on 3…

    • Jordan Moore

      This

  • Kenshin0011

    I will NEVER forgive Capcom for canceling Mega Man Legends 3 for the 3DS. NEVER.

    • Jordan Moore

      eva neva fogive

  • TheAverageGuyTAG

    “Capcom is finally starting to show its dedication to Mega Man.”

    Woooah, now. Let’s not get carried away. They announced ONE new game along with the usual mountain of merchandise and re-releases. I’d like to wait for a bit more than that before starting to give Capcom the benefit of the doubt.

  • Alice

    X & Zero, please.
    X5 was my favorite.

  • Blackman Sombrero

    Legends, definitely. Battle Network, no. Battle Network was one of those games that got its conclusion and ended gracefully. Leave it alone, please.