Over on USGamer, Jeremy Parish managed to take some time chat with Inti Creates president Takuya Aizu about the history of the company. Among the many (and I mean many) topics discussed, Aizu reflects upon his work with the Mega Man Zero series admitting that, at one time, Mega Man Zero 4 was almost a completely different game: an interquel between the events of Mega Man Zero 1 and Zero 2.
"After we finished creating Zero 3, we actually didn’t want to create a fourth game," muses Aizu. "Scenario-wise, the story was complete in our minds, and we felt the ending to Zero 3 was a really clean way of completing the scenario. But then Capcom approached us to create another game in the series."
"Our initial plan was to create a game which was basically Mega Man Zero 1.5, a story between 1 and 2. That was our way of compromising. But, Capcom wanted us to create a true Zero 4 instead of 1.5, so we started to rethink things. We're happy with the result — the game we created is very satisfying, in our opinion."
To ensure Mega Man Zero 4 would cap off the series, though, Aizu candidly states "We killed Zero off, so we wouldn’t have to make a fifth game."
For more on Mega Man Zero's development history, the inspiration for Gunvolt and other neat tidbits, check out the complete article at USGamer.