This one slipped under our radar, but not by too much. Earlier this month saw the reveal of Mega Man Legacy Collection, and Capcom USA staffers Brett Elston and Greg Moore were happy to divulge all sorts of details on the Retronauts podcast. A bit towards the end they talk about the process of re-releasing Mega Man games on PlayStation Network. Mega Man X6's absence came up and, well, things don't sound too hot.
The discussion begins at 1:44:45:
To summarize, there is a specific song in X6 (either The Answer or Moonlight) that presents some licensing issues. It would require Capcom to renew the rights to the song in order for X6 to be sold on PSN. Brett says it's an issue that can be fixed, it's not impossible. The thing is, though, is the demand for X6 enough to warrant the effort?
"Every day is a bunch of decisions," says Brett. "If we were hypothetically trying to chase down [X6], would we be having the same conversations about Tron Bonne? We can't do all things simultaneously, we're not supercomputers."
"The demand that we see for X6 is *nothing* close to what we see for Legends 1 and Legends 2," adds Greg.
It basically boils down to priorities and demand. I mean let's be real here: Mega Man X6 is not highly regarded. Sure there's a handful of fans that dig it, but you're up against a very vocal, negative consensus. The game's reputation certainly plays a large part here.
Of course Brett and Greg don't rule PSN out entirely. Brett says PSN re-releases creep up on them all the time with little to no warning. He's just giving us a heads up that, for the time being, X6 doesn't rank high on their priorities.
We'll see what happens.