Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Mega Man Legends 3's Cancellation: One Year Later
Today is July 18th. It's been a full year since the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3.
I tried to come up with something to say about today. In the end, I couldn't come up with anything truly insightful on the matter. Everything that has been said has already been said. There are so many ways to analyze why it happened and, quite frankly, the discussion has left me exhausted.
If I had to sum up July 18th, 2011 in the most concise way possible, I'd say, well, it was a bad day. And the days that followed? Just as bad. Need we be reminded of Capcom Europe's shenanigans? Gasoline to the fire; salt to an open wound.
But it wasn't all bad. Not long after goodness started to take root: 100,000 Strong For Mega Man Legends 3 kicked-off. Contests, events, marches, speedruns, musical tributes, all that fun stuff. It took a little while, but the goal of a 100K members was reached. And while it may not be enough to rectify the damage done, the group's efforts are entirely commendable. For all intents and purposes, 100K fulfilled what the Devroom was meant to be: a community united under a single cause.
Anyway, the way I see things today is this: we're all in this together. And together we face a single question: in light of all that has happened, letdown after letdown, what is Mega Man's future? That's the unsettling part; no one really knows. Well, no one but those enigmatic "top men" we keep hearing about. These guys are hammering out Mega Man's next ten years, apparently.
I like to imagine a revived Legends 3 falls into their grand scheme somewhere. I'd like to play it someday. It's a little dream of mine I share with many of you. But I'm mindful of the probable reality that the game may never come to fruition. And should that reality hit us, we'll face it together as community.
Mega Man's 25th anniversary is coming up in December. Many of us look to the month as Capcom's last chance for redemption. I don't necessarily share that outlook; however, I do hope something substantial shapes up. At the very least, it's high time those top men speak up.
To better days ahead, my friends!