With Rockman Maniax out of the way, one has to wonder what Hitoshi Ariga's been up to. Way back in October the artist teased he's "currently working on a new Mega Man project." Unfortunately, he didn't specify if it was a new manga, a new art book, or, dare I say, a new Mega Man game.
Eager to learn more about the project, I recently shot Ariga a friendly little tweet. I wasn't expected a reply but, sure enough, I got one. It's not much -- his words at least confirm the project is still in development, which is totally reassuring:
That's all he had to say. We're still in the dark, but hopefully that won't be the case for too much longer.
Bear in mind, Hitoshi Ariga is a very versatile asset to Capcom. He's worked on various manga, oversaw the development of the Mega Man and Mega Man X Official Complete Works art books, and even provided art for countless official soundtracks. What's more, a recent comment made during an interview with UDON Entertainment suggests he's "also helping with some game work." So, really, this new project could turn out to be anything.
That said, it's probably wise to keep those expectations at a minimum. Still, feel free to speculate!