Although Mega Man Legends 3's cancellation took place long after his departure, Keiji Inafune felt obligated to issue an apology to the fans and Devteam staff on his official blog today.
To the staff members, Inafune writes "The decision for the cancellation was out of my sphere, but as someone who took part in the development, I'd like to convey something to the staff: I'm sorry that I couldn't be of assistance." Saddened, Inafune was taken aback by the staff's tremendous motivation to continue the project without him. Nevertheless, he goes on to encourage the staff to continue to make a better game.
To us, the fans: "I'm truly sorry I couldn't take part until the end." The former project leader professes he is one of us -- closely watching the game's progress from the sidelines as a fan, and shares in our mourning.
"I didn't buy a 3DS for this project, but at the very least I'd like to have played the demo."
I hear ya, man.