Mega Man Battle Network turned 20-years-old today.
It's a milestone anniversary that, at first, appeared to be marching in-line with Capcom's Mega Man X 25th anniversary output. "Capcom Seeking Partners for Mega Man Battle Network 20th Anniversary Products" was a headline that carried major implications. For the most part, it still does.
But that headline dropped in May 2020. May. We were two months into a raging pandemic, facing a remarkably uncertain future. To say COVID-19 hasn't had an impact on Capcom's plans, let alone the industry as a whole, is an understatement. And today, on Battle Network's actual 20th anniversary, the company finally acknowledged it.
Rockman Unity, Capcom's official Mega Man news outlet/blog, laid out a slew of different Battle Network-related announcements today. Although most of these announcements aren't actually new, per se, the post concluded with the following statement from Ucchy-san:
"If the world hadn't been in this situation, If the world hadn't been in such a state, I might have had other plans to announce. But for now, I think it's time to be patient.
Of course, washing hands, gargling and social distancing are important, too.
It's always Rockman who beats the virus after all!"
In other words, the pandemic has waylaid additional 20th anniversary plans. Nothing is cancelled, but nothing will be announced for a good while, it seems. So if you (like many of us) are holding out for some hypothetical Legacy Collection news, you can breathe. Ucchy-san is asking for our patience. That's all.
In the meantime, let's wish the Mega Man development team good health and good luck. We'll be here to enjoy the fruit of their labor when things are good and ready.