With the cat out of the bag, fans quickly took to the Ask Capcom forums demanding the release of the finished Prototype. A few short hours ago, Capcom's Christian Svensson stepped in to comment:
"Sorry guys, but I'd bet the chances of the prototype ever materializing are extremely slim. As always, I do appreciate the passion and desire though."
... and fans continue to exist in torment as Capcom continues to withhold knowledge and reasoning behind this decision.
The only official reasoning behind Prototype's failure to launch is supposedly due to the game failing to meet certain (and unspecified) criteria -- criteria speculated to be the game's quality, or lack thereof. Hoffman's recollection of Prototype, however, quickly disproved these assumptions: the game was generally bug free, polished, and pretty darn fun.
Nearly two months since that fateful night, we're still trying to fathom the what and why.
If your passion for Legends 3 is strong, and you'd like to bet against Sven, head on down to Ask Capcom. Please represent our community respectfully. I understand you're pretty flustered, but if you intend to support Mega Man Legends 3 in any way, do so appropriately and with class.