A purported Capcom insider, self-proclaimed "The Shadow" dropped the following words"
"No movie anytime soon, the only thing original series thing planned in the near future is Rockman 9 for VC and PS3 Download." -The Shadow (Capcom Insider)
'The Shadow's' comment was soon swept under the rug. I mean c'mon; we've been hearing Mega Man 9 rumors for years. Why would I - or anyone else for that matter - believe anything some random commenter had to say?
That changed one June morning. One June 13th, 2008, the OFLC ratings board officially revealed Mega Man 9 was on it's way. The news set the internet a blaze; *everyone* was excited. Almost instantaneously the spotlight fell on "The Shadow"; all eyes were on him. Who was he? How did he know about Mega Man 9 so early? It wasn't long after The Shadow contacted me directly.
In our first exchange The Shadow told me he was a "beta tester" from the innards of Capcom USA. His intentions were simple and fair: to leak as much MM9 info as he could to the fans, using my blog to spread the word. Two days later, I publicly released every morsel of MM9 info The Shadow provided in this post. The information was as follows:
"-Rockman 9 will feature a retro 8-bit art style, a homage to the earlier games.
-Two playable characters: Rockman and Blues (ProtoMan).
- A popular belief is that RM9 will act as the 'link' to the events of the X Series. This is not so, The storyline DOES NOT lead into the X Series, rather it's a 'traditional' plot.
-Many new characters, new Robot Masters and maybe some new supporting characters.
-Gameplay is reminiscent of Rockman 3-6.
-Online components: Leader boards and some unknown form of online play
-RM9 will be on all major home consoles: Wii, X360 and PS3. X360 and PS3 users will be able to purchase the game from their respective download services. It's unknown how the Wii version will work, whether it will be a downloaded game or not. "
The following day, The Shadow dropped another leak, this time pertaining to the story of MM9: "Robots Have Expiring Dates." And again the very next day: "MM9's Development Outsourced?" Here, The Shadow claimed Mega Man 9 was being developed by "two companies"; Capcom Japan and an unidentified "third party." As it turned out, the second developer was none other than Int-Creates.
And that would be the last we heard from him as weeks later, The Shadow vanished, seemingly silenced by Capcom. Shortly afterwords, Capcom's Seth Killian "confirmed" there was an individual leaking MM9 info. Killian said The Shadow was indeed someone who saw the game in its very early stages, though not a beta tester per se.
And so ended The Shadow's story. It's been a while since I've last spoke with him. If you're out there, man, thanks for keeping us posted on MM9! I sincerely hope all is well.
And so, here we are today, eagerly awaiting to boot up our Wiis and download Mega Man 9 tomorrow, bright and early. I don't know about you, but I feel as if Christmas is coming, and I won't be able to sleep!