A new trademark filed by Capcom indicates that the Mega Man series will be spreading to the edges of infinity.
Capcom may have a new Mega Man game in the works that will surprise the blue bomber's faithful fans. As discovered by Siliconera, the company recently filed a trademark for something called Mega Man Universe.
The trademark, along with a comment made by Capcom's Seth Killian in an interview with Destructoid, hints at something that better not be another Mega Man Battle Network or Mega Man Star Force game. "It's good," Killian said about a Mega Man work-in-progress. "I don't want to say nobody has seen it coming. Somebody may have seen it coming. But it excited me and when I heard about the project, I was like, 'Holy crap. That's rad.' ... This is still kicking around as a concept. But there are exciting ideas in the Mega Man space."
While whatever Killian's talking about is still "kicking around," it wouldn't be crazy to think that it has something to do with the newly discovered trademark. We all know that when videogame companies put "universe" in the titles of their games, it can mean new online features or straight-up MMOG. Just look at Lego Universe, Phantasy Star Universe, and Universe of StarCra... oh wait, I'm still under NDA on that one. Mega Man has always traveled to various areas while taking on bosses named after elements, animals, weapons, the weather, adjectives, verbs, power tools, and leaders of ancient Egypt, but it was always assumed that he was visiting different parts of the same planet. Perhaps he was traveling across the Mega Man Universe the whole time.
Or, maybe he'll start doing that soon. Killian's comments certainly hint toward something radically different than sending a robot-that-is-more-than-a-robot up against 8 new bosses, and an online game wouldn't be out of the question with the addition of "universe" to the title. Mega Man Universe could somehow follow the formula of the Mega Man Legends games, or be something wildly and amazingly new. If it's a MMOG, the mount is already taken care of too, as players could grind for two months up to level 80 simply to tear around the universe on the back of Rush the robotic dog. Sadly, the trademark could turn out to be absolutely nothing as well, because it's just a trademark and not an announcement. I've got my eye on you though, Capcom.