Capcom Announces Mega Man Universe

Capcom Unity and the Capcom Europe blog have literally just announced that Keiji Inafune is working on Mega Man Universe for Xbox LIVE and the PS3 PlayStation Store.

Quick update: Keiji Inafune has announced on his own blog that, unlike other Mega Man games of recent times, he is fully in charge of the concept and design of Mega Man Universe. He believes it is a Mega Man game that captures the taste of Mega Man nostalgia, and expects it to be enjoyed by Mega Man fans all over the world. He also considers it as "everyone's Mega Man."

Said to be a "revolutionary take on the seminal classic, it is Capcom's aim for Mega Man Universe to be the most creative Mega Man experience yet. "In Mega Man Universe, imagination is the star of the game."

Said Capcom Entertainment Head of Research and Development Management, Keiji Inafune:

“We are thrilled to finally be able to announce Mega Man Universe. This game will break the mold and challenge the conventional wisdom of what a Mega Man game can be. When fans finally get to see it, I believe they’ll envision their most far-out Mega Man dreams coming true.”

The press release adds that "Inafune is committed to helping craft a Mega Man experience that meets the highest expectations of Capcom fans," and "gamers can expect Mega Man Universe to bring the core experience fans want while delivering on the promise of innovation that Capcom is known for. Its official: classic gaming will never be same again."

More is to come on Capcom's blogs and at the San Diego Comic Con next week. In the meantime, GameSpot has an exclusive Q&A, plus the following trailer:

"What does the teaser trailer mean?" asks Capcom Unity's JGonzo. "What are Ryu and Arthur doing there? Well, that's the point of a teaser, right?"

As for the image we saw yesterday? Capcom Unity has the story on that:

In addition, we're going to have MMU-branded foam Mega Man busters created by iam8bit available to give away at Comic Con! The image I posted yesterday was early concept work for this awesome swag that we'll be giving out at the show! They will be limited to 2000 total, and we will be giving away 50 at our booth every hour, so be sure to grab one!

Finally, we're going to be holding a Mega Man cosplay contest on Saturday, July 24th at 1PM at Comic-Con at the Capcom booth. We will have 50 exclusive, Japan-only Mega Man trucker hats and 50 Mega Man busters to give out to the first 50 cosplayers. The winner (as judged by Mega Man Universe producer Ito-san) will also receive a signed sketch by Keiji Inafune!

Sources: Capcom Europe blog, Capcom Unity