This past May, Capcom Japan began recruiting licensing partners to development commemorative products for Mega Man Battle Network's 20th anniversary. And now, six months later, the house that built the blue bomber are extending their efforts to English-based companies.
Capcom USA's official Licensing Business site has begun accepting applicants to develop products for the 20th anniversary, which kicks off on March 21st, 2021. By scrolling all the way to the bottom of the page, interested parties can fill out a questionnaire to begin the process. The end result will be 20th anniversary-branded toys, apparel, special events and other consumer goods.
The extension to include English-based licensing partners gives further credence that the 20th anniversary festivities will be pretty significant. In 2016, Capcom previously sought partners specifically for Mega Man X's 25th anniversary; a sub-event completely separate from the brand's overall 30th anniversary. The end result was a unified "Mega Man X 25th Anniversary" product line and two standout compilations: Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2.
It remains to be seen when Capcom will officially lay out their Battle Network plans for the coming year. However, it's worth noting that we've already seen some movement on that front. There was the "Duel Masters PLAY's" crossover event in July, the beautiful Mega Man vs Bass statue, and the upcoming Rockman EXE playable characters in Rockman X DiVE later this week.