It's been a good two months since we last heard from Rockman Online, and with Mega Man's recent track record of no news=cancellation, people were beginning to worry. Nevertheless, the game is alive and well... for now.
Pmang's official Rockman Online blog updated with a new article focusing on the importance of Force Metal, a key element to Rockman X Command Mission. Recapping the events of Command Mission, the article summarizes the origins of the element as well as touching on how potentially dangerous it could be if misused. Eventually, Force Metal would be converted into equipment to enhance the abilities of Reploids. However, as a trade-off, Reploids with a high concentration of Force Metal energy would go berserk, transforming into monstrous beings.
Despite the dangers, Force Metal is an invaluable material desired by both the UCA and URA forces. The UCA’s Dr. Gaudile researches methods to purify Force Metals without side effects, while URA's Dr. Psyche works to better the mutated qualities of Force Metal, aiming to create the most powerful and warped Reploids yet. There's a bit more to the story of course, so head on down to The Mega Man Network for the tale's entirety.
As much as I enjoy these story-based Rockman Online updates, I'm eager to hear more about the actual game. We haven't heard a whisper from the gameplay front since September! I dunno, you can't help but wonder...