Well, this is terrible news to wake up to.
Capcom has just decided not to move forward with the production of the long-awaited Mega Man Legends 3 following the cancellation of the Prototype Version. According to Capcom, the project failed to meet the criteria needed to go into full production. They also went on to comment that the cancellation had nothing to do with Capcom R&D Head Keiji Inafune’s departure.
Earlier this year, Capcom cancelled Mega Man Universe, a 2D title that would bring different incarnations of Mega Man together into one game. As per Destructoid’s post, Capcom still sees a future for the Mega Man franchise, saying that “Mega Man is still an important franchise within Capcomâ€™s portfolio and we will continue to pursue opportunities to create new titles in the series.” Whether that instills some faith for a new Mega Man title in the near future is all up to you.
It’s always disheartening to see a game fans have been waiting for with bated breath get canceled. In the case of MML3, the blow is a little more crushing due to the sheer amount of fan input that went into it. That it even got off the ground in the first place is a wonder, thanks to Inafune’s lobbying for the game. The way we see it, the cancellation was probably due to the 3DS not exactly being hot in terms of sales.
Sources: [Joystiq] [Destructoid