"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)
At the time, most of us swept "The Shadow"'s comment under the rug. I mean c'mon; we've heard all kinds of Mega Man 9 rumorsbefore. Why would this one be any different?
Everything changed one June morning. One June 13th, 2008, the OFLC ratings board officially revealed that Mega Man 9 was on it's way. The news set the internet a blaze – *everyone* was excited. Our collective eyes quickly turned toward The Shadow's comment. He was right. But who was he? How did he know about Mega Man 9 so early? Not longer after the OFLC ratings surfaced, after The Shadow contacted me directly.
In our first e-mail 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 Mega Man 9 info as he could to the fans via Rockman Corner. He passed along the first-ever, concrete details about the game, which I posted here. Here's what it said:
"-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 morsel of info. This time it was about the game's story: "Robots Have Expiring Dates."
The next day, again, more information: "MM9's Development Outsourced?" In that post, The Shadow claimed that 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 Inti Creates.
And, well, that was it. The Shadow vanished. Complete radio-silence. Not long after his disappearance, Capcom USA's own Seth Killian confirmed there was indeed an individual who saw the game early, though he wasn't a "beta tester".
And so ends The Shadow's story. He's still MIA, at the time of this writing. But if you're there, my friend, thank you for keeping us posted on Mega Man 9. I sincerely hope you didn't land into any trouble!
And now here we are: eagerly awaiting to boot up our Wiis and download Mega Man 9 tomorrow. I don't know about you, it feels like Christmas!