During the recent SAGE 2020 expo, RRThiel and his team released a playable demo for the upcoming fan-game Mega Man Perfect Blue. We got to check it out and you can find out more info, as well as the download link for the playable demo, after the break!
It feels so long ago since we watched the original trailer for the game back in March (we covered it here). And now, we have a playable demo which made it's debut at SAGE 2020. (i.e Sonic Amateur Games Expo) For those not in the know, SAGE is a yearly online Sonic The Hedgehog fan-game event, which first started back in 2000 where developers can chat and show their new and complete projects. While this event is mostly Sonic The Hedgehog focused, a few Mega Man fan-games have shown up.
The demo itself features 2 playable stages -- one for each character -- since Roll is also playable in the demo! While both playable stages are considered "intro stages", the difficulty balance felt just right. There were some audio mixing issues at first, however, these have now been patched. Graphically the game is described as "8-Bit+". Personally, speaking as a Classic Series fan, I love the aesthetic and it's good to see people experimenting with the graphical style beyond the typical 8-bit games.
The demo also features a cut-scene at the end! While I won't spoil the plot details here, other than a lone screenshot, it was really well done and left me wanting to play more to find out what Wily was up to.
Gameplay-wise, I'm happy to report that this does have that Mega Man feel to it. Mega Man himself plays as he always does; fans will be happy to know that he does have his slide and charge shot ability in this game. Charging the buster sound effect also fades after a while too which other fan-games have done in the past and it's a welcome inclusion here as well!
Roll plays differently than Mega Man, too. She needs to get closer to enemies in order to whack them with her broom, which can actually take out some normally armored enemies like the Spines. She felt like a mix between Bass from Mega Man & Bass (since she uses the dash move) and Zero from Mega Man X4 in that you need to be close range.
My only small gripe with Roll in this early stage is that, although she does have a dedicated dash button, "old school" players like me are used to double tapping forwards in order to dash. I wasn't able to do this. Not sure if this was an error on my part or not. Either way, it's not a major issue and something that could be fixed before the final release.
The music is also something to note. RRThiel did an amazing job on the tracks for this game from what we've heard so far. I actually had a couple tracks stuck in my head for a while too. That's always a good sign! He has a playlist over on YouTube with some of the tracks to be included in the game if you want to check them out you can do so here
One thing that actually took me by surprise was how the game handled checkpoints. Mega Man Perfect Blue brings back the SaveBot from the cancelled Mega Man Universe game!
Roll also gets her own version of the SaveBot complete with a matching color scheme and sporting a green bow, same as Roll.
All-in-all, I was left impressed by the demo and can't wait to try the finished product! The team behind this game have done a fantastic job so far and their passion for the project shines through while playing it!
There have also been a number of updates on the game shared online from the team, starting with this!:
No Classic style Mega Man game would be complete without "realistic" looking cover artwork! This piece was illustrated by Karakato, who is the promotional artist for the project and has done a few artwork pieces for the game so far, you can check out more of their work over on Deviantart here
Karakato recently whipped up an Ishikawa-esque illustration of Roll's new look for Mega Man Perfect Blue, too:
We've also had an early look at the Robot Masters, different stages and some enemies planned to be included in the final release. All of the shots below are work in progress and as such, may be subject to change.
The Robot Master names are being kept secret for now, but here is the motley bunch you'll be facing off against in the game! The following illustration was drawn by Pegg who is also listed as doing additional artwork for the project.
This 2nd piece was done by MaxOKE featuring the Robot Masters.
The Derelict Vessel
A kinda spooky looking stage. Not much else is known about it so far.
The Airborne Shrine
This stage has an Eastern flair to it. The boss and some enemies look to use wind elements to attack you. This stage also sees the return of Samurai Joes who made their first appearance in the Street Fighter x Mega Man fan-game in Chun-Li's stage! Though it looks like they may have learned a few new tricks since our last encounter..
This Boss' weapon was also shown off in the announcement trailer. All special weapons in Perfect Blue can be charged similar to Mega Man X, difference being that, in this game Mega Man can actually still use special weapons even if he has no special weapon energy! The weapon will be weaker as a result though.
The Boss of the Airborne Shrine looks to give Mega Man a wind projectile, when fired normally it fires 3 of these projectiles, which looks as though they home in on the enemy
When this weapon is charged it fires a huge cyclone across the screen.
If you have no weapon energy Mega Man will only fire one wind projectile
The Occupied Garden
As the name suggests this stage is plant themed and is also home to this game's female Robot Master who is rather Dandy!
Also here is Karakato's illustration of her
The Electric Dancefloor
This is probably my favorite so far and the stage we have the most information on. This stage looks glorious in motion with the robots in the background bopping to the music. The floor lighting up under your feet like you're Tom Hanks on that walk-on piano in the movie "Big" is a great touch, too!
RRThiel also showed off the sub-boss for this stage "The Bodyguard" -
VS.『THE BODYGUARD』(heavy WIP)code - Spade_Magnes, @AbsoluteLoser1— RR "Steal Yo Girl" Thiel (@RRThiel) May 23, 2020
The weapon obtained from the boss of The Electric Dancefloor was also shown off in the announcement trailer. It seems as though the boss of this stage is our shield user for the game. When fired normally, you are surrounded by electric orbs.
When charged it fires electricity outwards from each orb.
If you have no weapon energy it only uses 2 orbs that rotate around you.
There is another boss in the game who we only know as "The Phantasm Menace". He seems to be pretty integral to the plot and is involved with Wily somehow. What role he plays is currently a mystery! Looking forward to learning more about this mysterious robot.
That's pretty much all the updates we have on the game so far! So what are you waiting for? Click the link below to download the demo for yourself and give it a try! Let us know what you think, too! I think this is certainly one to keep an eye on! There is currently no release date for the finished game but a tentative 2021 release.
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Major thanks to all involved with this project, looking forward to seeing more!