The news of Mega Man Legends 3's cancellation came as a shock to most, angering many fans due to the cold treatment meted out by Capcom to the franchise, which was one of the most popular series for the company back in the day.
However, former Capcom developer Keiji Inafune's decided to add more gasoline to the fire by disclosing that Capcom turned down his offer to finish the game under contract.
Inafune said that although he no longer desired to work for the company and intended to set up his own studio, he realised that the project team for MML3 was new, and therefore he felt it was his duty to finish the project.
"I stated that I was ready to make a contract with them so that I could keep working on those projects that I started," he told Japanese-language 4gamer.Net (as translated by the Facebook group 100,000 Strong for Mega Man Legends 3).
"I couldn't start making contracts with other publishers for sure if Capcom agreed to the proposition, but I wanted to see those projects that I started to completion."
However, according to the Mega Man creator, Capcom wasn't interested in signing any such contract, although Inafune was willing to put his new company's work on hold to finish the project.
"They answered, ‘We have no need to do that.'" he said.
Inafune regretted the fact that he had just formed the team for MML3 and therefore he didn't want to leave Capcom "at this crucial moment" and wanted to see the project through. However, he added that he was totally exhausted by his 23-year old career at Capcom.
“[I went to the trouble of]…Finding the right time, gathering the team members, planning strategies, all so we could barely start on Mega Man Legends 3. I really don’t want to quit at this crucial moment…but I can’t keep going at Capcom. I am too tired to keep going. I wanted to leave Capcom to recharge my energy, and support Capcom from there, but it seems they don’t allow it. I want to make all my effort to keep Legends 3 alive, but I’m really not sure I can do it.”
We hope that the project will be revived by Capcom at some point of time in future.