Capcom: "Mega Man Is A Key Brand"

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Capcom: "Mega Man Is A Key Brand"

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Despite the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 and his increasingly hilarious snubs in Marvel vs Capcom 3, Capcom isn't done with the Blue Bomber.

Speaking to Game Informer, Capcom senior VP of business development Christian Svensson attempted to clarify the firm's position on the Mega Man franchise:

Change has been a constant during my six years at Capcom (vastly for the positive) but I want to be crystal clear on this point. Mega Man is a key brand for Capcom and will remain so. I don't have any products we've announced publicly that I can point to and say "see, I told you" but there are "top men" ("top men"? "Yes, top men") within Capcom thinking about the future of the brand and where it's going. We will have official announcements in due course.

Oh but that wasn't enough for the pixel-hungry Carl Bernstein analogues at Game Informer. Pressing the issue, they grilled Svennson on how the company plans to appease life-long fans outraged by recent decisions, such as the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3.

Svensson, showing admirable candor, explains:

This is absolutely an issue that keeps me up at night. Unfortunately there are times that we have to make decisions that don't make sense to the community and the fallout, while understandable is regrettable. Our relationships with fans are extremely important and I know we've got some that are disenfranchised right now.

Continuing, Svensson highlights Capcom's community outreach efforts like the recent Fright Night events that allowed players to get their hands on Resident Evil and Dead Rising games prior to release. According to Svensson, this is only one part of Capcom's ongoing efforts to step up fan interaction in the West.

So, what have we learned here? Capcom absolutely realizes it made a mess by cancelling Mega Man Legends 3, but is currently unwilling or unable to explain just how it plans to reinvigorate the franchise. The company seems to be committed to appeasing its hardcore fanbase, but until Capcom is ready to announce a new Mega Man title, you still have free rein to gnash your teeth at the apparent death of the character as a pop cultural force.

While you're busy gnashing though, keep your fingers crossed that these "top men" Capcom has toiling away will put together something impressive. Maybe, like, a new pack of DLC costumes for Marvel vs Capcom 3 that turns Amaterasu into Rush, or a really fancy Pachinko machine.

Source: Game Informer

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This is bizarre. Capcom is just... bizarre. It's like they don't understand how gamers work and are using the dartboard approach as a business plan...

Look, just release Mega Man X on digital platforms. Start there. Let's see how it goes from there.

RIDIN' ON CARS!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh So the sell figures UMVC3 where you trolled the udder shit out of Megaman, clicked something in your heads. Something like Why in the fuck did we do this to Megaman we're losing money because we were trolling the trolls and fanboys. Now we need to find other ways to make money.

Basically the moral of this story is
"Don't troll the fans when you're companies future could be at stake in the process"

Until MML3 or something equally awesome comes from Capcom I will forever hold a burning grudge against Capcom (hooray for excessive drama).

I think im more likely to pay for DLC characters in UMvC3 rather than redundant costumes.

And even then if Capcom wanted to buy my love forever they would only need to release a new Monster Hunter title outside of Japan every 2 or so years.

Still not being a Megaman fan here every time i hear him referred to as the Blue Bomber i visualise a blue bomber jet.

LavaLampBamboo:
This is bizarre. Capcom is just... bizarre. It's like they don't understand how gamers work and are using the dartboard approach as a business plan...

Look, just release Mega Man X on digital platforms. Start there. Let's see how it goes from there.

RIDIN' ON CARS!

i just saw what you did there....

LavaLampBamboo:

Look, just release Mega Man X on digital platforms. Start there. Let's see how it goes from there.

RIDIN' ON CARS!

Actually, you could do that in Megaman Legends too.

You are a key brand until you're not...

rhizhim:

LavaLampBamboo:
This is bizarre. Capcom is just... bizarre. It's like they don't understand how gamers work and are using the dartboard approach as a business plan...

Look, just release Mega Man X on digital platforms. Start there. Let's see how it goes from there.

RIDIN' ON CARS!

i just saw what you did there....

Heh. JUMPN'SHOOTMAN!

"Don't worry, Mega Man is in good hands. He's being worked on by top men."
"Who?"
"Top. Men."
*Shot of an inactive Mega Man in a crate about to be nailed shut and wheeled into a warehouse full of similar crates*

Sorry, couldn't resist. I know the intended joke was a pun on the Mega Man 3 boss, but this one seemed more appropriate.

(Seriously though, Capcom, if you want to calm the fans down, just make Mega Man a DLC character in MvC 3 like you said you would. Or, alternatively, just put Legends 3 back into production. Or do pretty much anything more than making insider references to the franchise in your other games.)

I blame that crybaby drama queen Inafune for MML3's cancellation more than I do CAPCOM. Seriously, never have I seen a designer bitch and moan more than he did (except maybe for Kojima)

Here's an idea: Give the whole damn franchise to the guys that made the Zero and ZX series.

Except for Legends, just give that to Nintendo. I get giddy just thinking about what Nintendo could do with the Legends franchise, provided they actually gave it some voice acting like the first two had.

Hey, lets all hope that "Top Men" doesn't mean Ninja Theory or else Mega Man will become a former sex droid from a the gay nightclub district run by Dr. Light who then has to take up arms and defend his clients from the evil rent-boy droids that have been reprogrammed by rival gay nightclub owner, Dr. Wily.

And Mega Man is drawn to look like that jackass in DMC.

LavaLampBamboo:
Look, just release Mega Man X on digital platforms. Start there. Let's see how it goes from there.

Surprising enough for a Japanese company, Megaman X was released on Dos. And the rest of them were released for Windows.

I'd love it if they did what Sega has done and put their games on every digital platform imaginable, including Steam.

All Capcom has to do is announce Mega Man X9, and I will be first on line to pre-order it. If it's for a system I don't own, I will buy that system as well. That, or ZX3. I'm not picky.

*Sigh* Megaman Legends is probably one of the best incarnations I ever played. It's really a shame too, the way Capcom continues to torpedo its own boats like this.

rhizhim:

Never allow egoraptor around your children.

Do, however, allow him around your gay robots.

I WANNA BE HIM. I WANNA TOUCH HIM. I WANNA HAVE HIS ROBOT BABIES AN MANPREGNANT.

You make a MegaMan game if you want Capcom. Just keep him out of my UMvC3.

*eyes twitch erratically*

Prove it....

....

PROVE IT!!

I don't see it, I DON'T FUCKING SEE IT.

This. is. bullshit.

*slams door on his way out*

TheLastTatlFan:
"Don't worry, Mega Man is in good hands. He's being worked on by top men."
"Who?"
"Top. Men."
*Shot of an inactive Mega Man in a crate about to be nailed shut and wheeled into a warehouse full of similar crates*

But not before several pictures are taken with penises crudely drawn on his face and thrown in the next MVC3 iteration....

JaredXE:
Hey, lets all hope that "Top Men" doesn't mean Ninja Theory or else Mega Man will become a former sex droid from a the gay nightclub district run by Dr. White who then has to take up arms and defend his clients from the evil rent-boy droids that have been reprogrammed by rival gay nightclub owner, Dr. Wily.

And Mega Man is drawn to look like that jackass in DMC.

Oh my god. I would play the shit out of that game. Him stealing enemy powers could be, like, their sex toys or something that aren't really meant for fighting but he makes the best of because he has to. Like the beam-sword could be a giant dildo, and they could use a flesh-light attachment to-

I'm just gonna stop myself now...

For some reason I have a very strong urge to shout this at my computer.

JaredXE:
Hey, lets all hope that "Top Men" doesn't mean Ninja Theory or else Mega Man will become a former sex droid from a the gay nightclub district run by Dr. White who then has to take up arms and defend his clients from the evil rent-boy droids that have been reprogrammed by rival gay nightclub owner, Dr. Wily.

And Mega Man is drawn to look like that jackass in DMC.

Oh god, you just had to bring up Dmc....urgh.

Look, can we all just agree that Capcom hate practically any franchise they have right now that doesn't involve the murder of hordes of Zombies? Seriously, I can't be the only one picturing Capcom executives in black hooded cloaks sitting around a circular table underground, cackling madly as they discuss which of their Non RE/DR franchises they should give the shaft to next.

Even if you like that new AU DmC, the fact is that the guys aren't treating their franchises with respect. Whether it be Devil May Cry or Megaman.

It's not just Legends 3, Capcom. You also stiffed us on Universe. You stiffed us on Powered Up on PSN for PSP go and Vita. You stiffed us on Ace Attorney Investigations 2. Oh, but you have plenty of time to re-release every Dead Rising, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, and Marvel VS Capcom title you can get your hands on with only marginal changes or improvements!

Oh, please. "Relationship with the fans?" You've made it very clear that you don't care all that much about the fans, save for what's in their pockets. You wanna get your fans back, how about actually giving explanations for your cancellations, instead of just saying "sorry about that" and moving on with your life?

Or how about treating your beloved franchises like they're actually beloved franchises? I mean, Capcom is quickly becoming the anti-Nintendo in this regard.

I'm willing to bet the only "Top men" at Capcom who cared about the franchise were Inafune and... this guy.
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LavaLampBamboo:
RIDIN' ON CARS!


I love you.

OT: No, after the cancellation of Universe, I've lost a bit of faith in capcom.

So, if they put Megaman X-8 on the PSstore and I Miiigggghttt forgive them.

Might.

JdaS:
You make a MegaMan game if you want Capcom. Just keep him out of my UMvC3.

This. So much. Keep him away, please. We already have Zero in the game, so I don't see the reason for Mega Man. Not to mention that unless he took a nice dosage of steroids recently, all he'd end up being is a shitty version of Zero.

"We care very much about our fans('s money)."
"I can only ask for people's patience."

And I can only ask for Mega Man Legends 3. I was involved. I was active. I was supporting the game. I was telling my friends. I was making flyers to post at my local Gamestops. I was on the forums. I was going to even PAY for the demo.

They violated my trust hard. Worse, they wasted my time and misled my heart.

Keep saying PR about how Mega Man is still important and you care about your fans...

... but if Mega Man WAS important, and you DID care about your fans, you NEVER would have done what you did.

I'd actually like to see a proper version of Mega Man Legends 3. On a console rather than a hand-held. No offense, but I don't think the game would be done justice on a hand-held. So, there you go, Capcom. Make a PS3/360 version of Mega Man Legends. I'll be happy. You'll be happy. Everybody is happy. Everybody wins.

Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X are some of my all time favorites. But the character is completely different in Mega Man Legends, instead of being a bad-ass he is an anime guy that hangs out with squeaky anime people.

What I'm saying is, Mega Man started sucking when they gave him voice acting and created all these anime story elements.

I want a Mega Man game that is more like Robocop or Terminator than Dragonball Z, is what I'm saying. X should be more like a brutally efficient robot struggling with pseudo-humanity than a whiny teen who sounds like a human in a power rangers suit.

Mega Man Legends 3 or no money for you, Capcom.

The first step is admitting you screwed up. Good for you, Capcom. Now, do the following:

-Revive the MML3 project.
-Release it for all consoles as downloadable. Whatever, I don't care at this point.
-If you want more money, release it for consoles and release also a Limited Edition. You know, throw in a Servbot keychain in there...or an extra outfit or extra mission or artbook.
-NO 3DS RELEASE!

That would be a small step towards the right direction. And overall, you'd be backing up your words with actions. meaning your words right now as as valuable as poopy monkey buttholes.

Trishbot:
And I can only ask for Mega Man Legends 3. I was involved. I was active. I was supporting the game. I was telling my friends. I was making flyers to post at my local Gamestops. I was on the forums. I was going to even PAY for the demo.

THIS. I was this too. I actually work at a Gamestop and whenever someone bought something Megaman related, I would let them know about MML3's project. Most of them got excited about it, surprisingly. Then...Capcom happened.

GreatTeacherCAW:

JdaS:
You make a MegaMan game if you want Capcom. Just keep him out of my UMvC3.

This. So much. Keep him away, please. We already have Zero in the game, so I don't see the reason for Mega Man. Not to mention that unless he took a nice dosage of steroids recently, all he'd end up being is a shitty version of Zero.

With each post I love you more, man. I am not a fan of "midget" characters to begin with. Even my Wesker drops them like 60% of the time (don't get me started on Dormammu and Ghost Rider). Zero is everything MegaMan is and more anyway so yeah.

JdaS:

GreatTeacherCAW:

JdaS:
You make a MegaMan game if you want Capcom. Just keep him out of my UMvC3.

This. So much. Keep him away, please. We already have Zero in the game, so I don't see the reason for Mega Man. Not to mention that unless he took a nice dosage of steroids recently, all he'd end up being is a shitty version of Zero.

With each post I love you more, man. I am not a fan of "midget" characters to begin with. Even my Wesker drops them like 60% of the time (don't get me started on Dormammu and Ghost Rider). Zero is everything MegaMan is and more anyway so yeah.

Midget characters piss me off, but at least Zero can be hit by high projectiles, unlike that fucking faggot dog from Okami that pisses me off so damn much. Every time I go online and see someone using that dog, I rage. The dog is extremely easy to beat because it sucks, but it still just angers me.

The future of Mega Man is clearly in doubt if Top Men are in charge!

More seriously:

GreatTeacherCAW:

JdaS:
You make a MegaMan game if you want Capcom. Just keep him out of my UMvC3.

This. So much. Keep him away, please. We already have Zero in the game, so I don't see the reason for Mega Man. Not to mention that unless he took a nice dosage of steroids recently, all he'd end up being is a shitty version of Zero.

People have been clamoring for X in that game more than standard Mega Man the whole time. The character has received many powered armors with various abilities throughout his series that he could make use of, introducing a potentially interesting and dynamic style of play. Some of his weapon abilities could be used as well, just like Zero uses himself in the same game, who would have been the previous games' Mega Man with a sword without them. So yeah.

GreatTeacherCAW:

JdaS:

GreatTeacherCAW:

This. So much. Keep him away, please. We already have Zero in the game, so I don't see the reason for Mega Man. Not to mention that unless he took a nice dosage of steroids recently, all he'd end up being is a shitty version of Zero.

With each post I love you more, man. I am not a fan of "midget" characters to begin with. Even my Wesker drops them like 60% of the time (don't get me started on Dormammu and Ghost Rider). Zero is everything MegaMan is and more anyway so yeah.

Midget characters piss me off, but at least Zero can be hit by high projectiles, unlike that fucking faggot dog from Okami that pisses me off so damn much. Every time I go online and see someone using that dog, I rage. The dog is extremely easy to beat because it sucks, but it still just angers me.

Amaterasu is deadly in the right hands. Just be glad you haven't encountered one yet. My nemesis is Viewtiful Joe. My friend mains him and everytime my Ghost Rider whiffs a chain on that melonhead midget prick or Dormammu's crouching medium goes right over him I just... I... HGSGYDFYDFFUGFUFHLIFUGUGSIUGF!!

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