Why does Capcom think Mega Man 11 will do well? What was up with the long gap in the series?
Mega Man is one of the most important gaming icons in history. Between the original series, Mega Man X series, the Zero titles, and all the handheld games, he’s had quite an impact on gaming. However, there was a long time between Mega Man 8 and Mega Man 9. At E3, producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya explained to VentureBeat why the series had such a gap in it.
“As I’m sure you’re well aware, Inafune-san departed a long while ago. Obviously a lot of other people were working on Mega Man at the time, and there were a lot of people within the company that had a strong desire to make a new Mega Man, but it was very difficult. The atmosphere just didn’t feel right for anybody to raise their hand and say, ‘I want to be the person that makes the next Mega Man.’ That was kind of the general atmosphere for a long while. It was a big reason why there was a long absence for a new Mega Man game.”
So, why does Capcom think Mega Man 11 will do well now? Well, as they say, timing is everything, and a certain game release really helped with the arrival of Mega Man 11.
“What was really nice was, when we released Mega Man Legacy Collection, it did really well. It had 1 million sales worldwide. It was very much a way of numerically showcasing, to people internally, that there is a strong fan base. There are people waiting for a new Mega Man game. We were able to show that with those numbers. We wouldn’t have been able to do that without our fans. I’m very thankful to our fan base.”
The game arrives later this year.