Yesterday, Rockman 11 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya held a press conference in Taiwan to introduce the game to the Taiwanese media. After his presentation, GNN and other members of the press had the chance to ask Tsuchiya some questions. Among topics covered, Tsuchiya actually had a few words to say about a hypothetical Rockman X9.
Before digging into Tsuchiya's X9 comments, here's a few interesting tidbits of note from the Q&A session:
- The goal with Rockman 11 is to create a new benchmark for Rockman games for the next 10 years.
- The game can be completed without using the gear system.
- Rockman 11 is running in Capcom's MT Framework engine.
- No Rush adapters in this game.
And now the part that you're here for: Rockman X9. What's the story, Tsuchiya?
Media: Before the revelation of Rockman 11, Rockman Classics Collection came out and was thought to be a touchstone. As of now, Rockman X also has a Rockman X Anniversary Collection. If both Rockman 11 and Rockman X Anniversary Collection succeed, will we have a chance to see a Rockman X9 or a new Rockman X release?
Tsuchiya: Right now we need to complete the development of Rockman 11 and gather feedback after it has been successfully released. Regarding the massive spread of rumors that Rockman X9 is in development, there is no such thing.
Media: So can we comprehend that there are no plans for Rockman X9's development?
Tsuchiya: I understand everyone is looking forward to the birth of an X9, but right now there is no way to verify. Of course, we can't say we have been doing nothing; we are actively and carefully monitoring the reactions from our gamers.
Actually, Rockman 11's birth is the result of the volume of voices from our gamers. The collection that came before it got very good results and feedback. This is a very convincing point, and helps back us up in striving for the approval of a new game development project.
Rather ambiguous comments if you ask me. Obviously, Tsuchiya is not going to confirm X9 is in development this soon. However, the fact that he said, "we can't say we have been doing nothing" implies that they are thinking about it or even doing some pre-production work. Ultimately, though, Tsuchiya and his crew need to show strong sales from Rockman 11 and Rockman X Anniversary Collection 1+2 to get the greenlight from Capcom's top men.
Source: GNN (Thanks to Chaos_LightDark for the interview translation)