Rockman EXE Operate Shooting Star site goes online, plus a storyline hint

exe_oss_logoCapcom of Japan has opened a teaser site for the upcoming EXE remake Rockman EXE Operate Shooting Star. Right now the site just gives a brief travel backwards of the EXE series' 6.5 million selling history, and introduces the promotional artwork. On top of that, there is a special message from series producer Takeshi Horinouchi. It reads as follows.

As we head towards Rockman's 25th anniversary, we are beginning to work on various projects, both big and small, thinking of what activities we'd like to work on. And though the Rockman EXE series ended three years ago, we're receiving a strong sentiment from everyone saying "We want EXE!" So, we the development team are thinking of this splendid title Rockman EXE: "Let's try doing something again..." ...That is, I myself wanted to see Rockman EXE and Netto one more time. Therefore, our next title is such. This game's inspiration is actually a celebratory image drawn by the designer for Rockman's 20th anniversary. From that time, I'd secretly been thinking "In time we should try something neat with 'EXE' and 'Ryuusei'." Thus, our next project "Rockman EXE Operate Shooting Star" has come to be started. Essentially, this is a Rockman EXE 1 remake for the DS, porting it and adding something extra. You the fans may be wondering, what sort of theme comes with combining EXE and Ryuusei? This is something that EXE fans of course, and Ryuusei fans as well, will enjoy. Details will be published the middle of next month, so please wait a little longer. So everybody, until it goes on sale, please look forward to seeing Rockman's and Netto's friendship! From here on, please give us your support.

While we can continue to speculate what role Star Force has in this series, it truly appears this is aimed at the foundation of Battle Network. Naturally, we will have more to report next month.

UPDATE: A rather curious message has appeared on the Ryuusei no Rockman 3 website. Accessing the Satellite Server, where one can see messages from the Satella Police wizard Clark, this came up at the same time the EXE:OSS site went online:

Currently, it sounds like the Satella Police are secretly developing a new program to be included in Wizards. It's rumored that if used one "can control time" but... is something like that really possible?

While it is technically only speculation, it is highly likely this message hints at OSS's contents, at least surrounding the character Clock Genius. A little food for thought, certainly.

Thanks to everyone who brought this to our attention.