Capcom US VP Christian Svensson has reiterated that Mega Man is still an important franchise for the publisher, teasing announcements for the series “in due course.”
“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,” Svensson told Game Informer.
“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.”
The future of the series had been thrown into serious doubt earlier this year following the cancellation in May of Mega Man Legends 3 and its Prototype Version for 3DS, projects that a lot of fans of the series were anticipating heavily since its announcement last year.
Svensson admitted the cancellation is “an issue that keeps me up at night,” but asked for “patience” on the series’ future.
“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.
“Unfortunately, in this situation, there is no panacea. It’s going to take time to rebuild those bridges. Product cycles are long and it’ll be a little while until fans can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And the last thing I want to do is prematurely announce something in the name of sating the fans that gets cancelled or redirected later, thereby creating an even larger wound. I can only ask for people’s patience.”