Thursday, December 1, 2016

Everything We Know About Mega Man in 2017 (So Far)


As Mega Man's 30th anniversary nears, let's take a look back at everything confirmed so far for 2017. After the jump, you'll find a brief description of each event with related posts.



1) New Animated Series

Man of Action Studios (Ben 10, Ultimate Spider-Man) are currently producing a new Mega Man animated series in collaboration with Dentsu Entertainment and DHX Media. The 26-episode series follows Mega Man's new alter-ego Aki Light, a school-boy robot, living in Silicon City. Traditional Mega Man friend and foes are anticipated to appear alongside new characters. The show will air on Disney XD in North America.




2) New Mobile Game 

At least one new Mega Man game for mobile phones is in production with an anticipated launch any time after April 2017 (note: the game was originally planned to launch BY March '17). Unlike Rockman Xover, the title is planned to launch in multiple countries in 2017. As of this writing, no information about the game's content exists.



3) Individual Anniversary Celebrations

2017 marks Mega Man X's 25th anniversary, Mega Man Legends' 20th, and Mega Man Zero's 15th. Various products are currently in development to celebrate those series' respective milestones. Capcom are currently recruiting license partners to produce such items.





4) More Collections and Maybe Mega Man 11?

This one is up in the air but it's something certainly on Capcom's radar. Back in March, Capcom launched a survey asking fans if they'd like to see more collections (a la Legacy Collection) and a hypothetical Mega Man 11. The results of the poll remain private, but with the franchise's 30th anniversary in full-swing soon, perhaps we'll learn a little more?




5) Mega Man X in Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite



6) Merchandise, Merchandise, Merchandise 

Everything that's not a video game coming in 2017 includes...



I'll try to keep this post updated with news as it comes in. For now, this is 2017. I'm cautiously optimistic about the year ahead. I don't think it's possible to please everyone, but I'm sure we'll seeing some interesting things develop over the next 12-months.

30 comments:

  1. Nice summary. Here's hoping for a new X series game. I think a SNES style X game is right on time.

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    1. Does it really have to be a SNES style game? I'd rather Capcom pool their talents and deliver something other than gratuitous nostalgia.

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    2. @FusionArmorX:

      No, I guess it doesn't have to be a SNES style game, but I wouldn't think any less of it if it were SNES styled. Given Capcom's lack of interest in Mega Man, I'm not sure they'll be willing to put a lot of effort into an X8 styled game. (X8 should have been twice as long as it was IMO.) So a sprite based game, be it SNES style or something else, may lead to a better game overall.

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    3. I personally would lover to seem them just expand on X8. But, it they went back I'd rather it be X4-X6 style with new modified sprites to match X8's "slim" armor

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    4. A SNES style game would look a lot better than an X8 style game fam.

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    5. A SNES style game would be the best option.

      Mega Man X isn't all that popular, it won't sell too many copies unless they completely destroy what makes a mega man game a mega man game. The better the graphics, the higher the budget...the higher the budget, the more copies they need to sell to make a sequel.

      I would personally prefer that they make an SNES style game, add Axl, make him play like model A from ZXA, add more content, maybe 12 mavericks instead of 8? maybe add more green biker dude?

      Even an episodic style game would be better, maybe an open world 2D game like MMZ, with more areas to explore with each chapter released?

      The thing is, when you demand higher graphics, the likelyhood of a sequel goes down the toilet. I'd rather have a 3x as long SNES style game and likely have sequels, than have a beautiful hand drawn game that is 30 minutes long and go another 10 years without an X game.

      even PS1 style is a lot of money to spend. drawing all those mavericks? the final bosses? animating everything? it's a lot of money to go into the budget!

      I'd rather see them implement the neutral armor as a mainstay and allow you to mix and match all the abilities from every X games' armors, and to give Zero multiple weapons, keep X6 or X7's upgrade system, keep the new game+ mechanic introduced in X7, allow you to play as navigators, make mac playable?

      with the SNES style game, you can increase scope, use episodes to gauge interest, and use DLC to introduce more content. it's the best strategy to keep X alive.

      If interest spikes, then they can roll out the super HD X game that will put the series back into hibernation.

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  2. As long as Megaman 11 doesn't look like this new design I'd love it

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    1. Honestly, if you just fix the face the new costume is pretty legit. The fanart of it that is more megaman in style but uses this design looks outstanding

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    2. Yeah your probably right that it is more the art style than the actual design itself. I'm just assuming that whatever new game they potentially make would prob be based off of and therefore sharing whatever art style the show ends up with.
      Only time can tell I guess.

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    3. I second this. The quality is the issue, not the design.

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    4. @Vile:

      I agree with you, but my opinion is that the look isn't legit specifically for classic Mega Man. If it were art for a series called Mega Man Cyber Wars or something, then I would be more accepting of it. So I will agree with the first Anon that I would like to see this art style absent from Mega Man 11. Yes, the actual quality of the game is what's most important, but I think that Aki Light and Friends should be its own series separate from classic Mega Man.

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    5. It should look like this https://youtu.be/aWDNn8-0AZ4

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    6. Or this! https://youtu.be/dss3zM7hRzo
      My goodness why can't Capcom just make an anime?

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    7. Doubt they'll be an Anime series. We don't need one anyway.

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  3. If they do make a megaman 11, I would hope it would be more akin to megaman 8 than the early games. More detailed graphics and animated cutscenes. 9 and 10 were great but we can't stay in that era forever ya know.
    That is of course unless they are planning a complete reboot into the new gaming era which would be interesting too, but I kinda doubt it.

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    1. Megaman 8 had so many neat interactions i would love to see come back. Rush-cycle, swimming, custom charged shots, and the beautiful sprites. I would kill for another title like it with Forte and Blue returning as playable.

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    2. yes, then another 15 years or so of hibernation. why can't the fanbase be realistic?

      sure, a nice looking mega man with hand drawn graphics with loads of content would be fantastic. but the budget would be through the roof for a game with a small actual fanbase.

      MM9 and 10 were lower budget games... and 9 sold well enough to warrant a sequel because a lot of non-fans bought it because of the hype train and nostalgia. MM10 was probably just the actual fans buying it, so that's why no MM11 followed.

      The games are too hard for casual fans, and no one wants to feel like a baby playing the game on the impossible to kill yourself easy mode. They should really make "normal" the baby easy mode, easy basically god mode, and add greater difficulties for actual fans to actually enjoy the game.

      we need to ask for low budget games, because that's the only way to keep mega man alive. Most people don't like the games, and if they were to make a game everyone liked, it wouldn't be mega man. no matter how pretty you make it, people who don't like mega man games will not like it.

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    3. Megaman and Bass definitely fills that void but a sequel would be very welcome.

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  4. Cautious pessimism from me going forward.

    I'll keep an eye out for anything that might grab be going forward, but won't exactly be holding my breath either.

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  5. still gonna pray for starforce and/or zx news, but mostly starforce news.
    but hey, at least we got that fanmade artbook coming out next month, and the 10th anniversary is on the 14th.

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    1. Yeah, I am really hoping for ZX3. It would be great of Capcom would release it for consoles and further explore the Metroidvania elements that it has been toying with in the previous ZX games and Zero 1. If they were able to make it a really epic Metroidvania while retaining a lot of the key Mega Man gameplay elements, I think that it would sell really well. I mean, there hasn't been a significant Metroid or Castlevania game in a while, and games like Axiom Verge and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night get a lot of attention. So I think they could capitalize on that by releasing ZX3 as a large-scale Metroidvania. I'd buy it for sure.

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  6. Mega Man 11? New engine with new graphics? Or reusing one of these:
    - Powered Up engine?
    - MMX8 engine modified for MM11?
    - Mighty no. 9 engine (Licensed)?

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    1. "- Mighty no. 9 engine (Licensed)?"

      Hahaha. I would say that's fairly unlikely, but I do get a chuckle imagining what the look on Inafune's face would be if he received an email from Capcom begging for his help on Mega Man 11.

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  7. I wonder if we will have to wait until E3 to find out about the new game. I'm hoping for some kind of collection too or at least release mega man 9 and 10 for current gen.

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    1. I'm skeptical. The fact that it's supposedly coming to Wii U and Vita, alone, is highly suspect.

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  9. Really hoping for a Rockman Dash Sound box.

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    1. Just make it yourself, get a cardboard box, open it and put Rockman Dash in and close, then jiggle it. The resulting sound will be pretty accurate.

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  10. I welcome new game for the series hell anything game wise would be nice since we have had years without megaman.

    But still i cannot fathom this new design catching on at all with vets of the series. It just looks not megaman not even close sure maybe its to peak the interest of the new generation and hell it may spawn a new era in megaman games and even possibly the revival of Legends 3 but even if all that comes to pass this new "megaman" wont be the megaman i know and love


    But besides that i am excited to see more megaman stuff some along always nice

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  11. Ugh, don't remind me about this hideos thing. This here is the only megaman related anything that should have been canceled.

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