- Jul 1, 2018
Mega Man isn't some auteur series that heavily relies on the vision of Inafune like Metal Gear and Hideo Kojima. Inafune was just an artist and character designer until Mega Man 8 and tons of games have been made without his involvement. Capcom takes full responsibility for letting the series collect dust and teasing fans who have wanted a continuation until nearly a decade later.
1) Zero and Tron were still a part of MvC3 and Mega Man X was a costume along with Frank West’s version of the suit. While this wasn’t a ton of Mega Man content, going back Mega Man never really received that much in the series to begin with and the creators of the title expressed concerns over which Mega Man adaptation should be present.
2) Mega Man was in Street Fighter V Tekken as his box art form. Capcom didn’t have to include him, but they did. Inafune even suggested it be that form as he apparently wanted Box Art Mega Man to be canon and an alternate version similar to X. Yeah, weird, I know.
3) Sonic and Mega Man comics were still on going throughout the time, keeping the character alive off screen and hanging out with another popular character who’d definitely keep him alive.
4)Project X Zone had Mega Man X as a part of its cast, even though he was supposedly dead.
Capcom never actually meant to let the series collect dust, and they never did. There are plenty of forums out there about the topic, but the fact is that Mega Man just didn’t work in the modern era. Inafune couldn’t direct the games when he was there as he was too ambitious and never got anything done, promising more than he could deliver.
They couldn’t do a 2D game, as 10 was criticized for being the same and did poorly in sales. Plus 2D platformers were kind of hated at the time due to over saturation with the New Super Mario Bros titles, the Rayman titles, the Kirby titles, the Donkey Kong Country titles, Sonic Episode 4, Little Big Planet (technically), Duck Tales remake, and tons and tons of indies.
They also couldn’t do 3D as 3D platformers sort of died. They also did try multiple times, with Inafune leaving Legends 3 and cancelling the project, to literally having people who worked on the Metroid Prime games make it
Capcom tried multiple times to give Mega Man a new game, they just didn’t work for one or many reasons, so having him in lesser roles made a lot of sense. He was always alive, it just took a few years to bring him back, which is no big deal as franchises like Street Fighter have also had huge hiatuses in their life time, like Street Fighter’s ten years between 3 and 4