If you watched today's trailer for Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2's X Challenge mode, you might have noticed something interesting: the Mega Man X5 Mavericks were going by their original Japanese names. Most of us assumed this change was only for the trailer, but it turns out that's not the case. According to a statement acquired by GameSpot, Capcom are actually removing the Guns N' Roses references all together.
A Capcom spokesperson writes:
"In our mission to make these collections an authentic Mega Man X experience, we took the opportunity to better align the naming of the Mega Man X5 Mavericks across all regions for better narrative cohesion across the series, making the names more aligned with the original Japanese version release. We hope that fans appreciate our intent to unify the Mega Man X Maverick-naming convention all these years later."
And there it is. Duff McWhalen, Axle the Red, Grizzly Slash, The Skiver, and so on are no more.
As the tale goes, the Guns N' Roses names came from Claire Redfield herself – voice actress Alyson Court. Miss Court was married to Capcom USA's localization writer at the time – a purported Guns N' Roses fan – and named the bosses in his honor. "He asked me 2 do it &, since he was a GnR fan, I changed the names 2b GnR references," Alyson tweeted in 2011. "At first my hubby laughed & liked it [the GnR names]. Then when fans started complaining he got mad at me. I meant well."
The Guns N' Roses names were a pretty divisive topic back in the day. I've always been in the camp that liked 'em but I understand why this will be a welcome change for many. Even so, rest easy, my big 'ol duffy boy. Here's to you.