"Swimsuit Roll" was a limited time Rockman X DiVE character, one that hasn't been seen since the Summer Carnival event on August 6th, 2020.
She was noticeably missing from the gacha banner released alongside the "Summer Vacation Lord of Snowy Plain" rerun on January 27, 2021. Said banner brought back Swimsuit Layer, Swimsuit Iris and Festive Zero as a bonus. However, Swimsuit Roll was missing.
Her absence wasn't addressed by the dev team before. Today, however, they shared a little about what the future holds for the character going forward. You can read their statement after the jump.
This morning, following the routine maintenance period, the dev team posted an article detailing all the new content coming today. One paragraph written in Taiwanese (and to a lesser extent, Japanese) surprised players with news that Swimsuit Roll would return... but she wouldn't be the same.
The official English description of said post in not available at this time. However, our good friend Sonny translated the relevant portion for us:
Optimization and adjustments:
1. Regarding Swimsuit Roll's 3D model and 2D artwork changes
Although the original design for Swimsuit Roll was based off the design from past, there will be changes in order to meet the requirements of age ratings on application platforms. We have decided to apply the changes after discussing with the "Rockman team" in Japan.
The concept of the new design will be Roll enjoying the sunshine on the beach and swimming pool. A blue skirt type swimsuit will be used to express her cuteness.
We hope players will like the brand new "Swimsuit Roll"
Character "Swimsuit Roll" 3D model and 2D artwork changes is scheduled on update 14 July 2021 15:59 (UTC+8).
Swimsuit Roll's original design drew criticism from fans. Much of the conversation coalesced around the character's age and attire.
How that influenced this change is hard to gauge but, we do know it was a decision made together with the Rockman team at Capcom Japan. She will return with a new "blue skirt type swimsuit."
The redesign will be available on Wednesday, July 14 which perhaps marks the beginning of the summer event in the game.
Stay tuned for more news!