During an interview with Siliconera, Street Fighter X Tekken Producer Yoshinori Ono talked a bit about the decision he and former Mega Man Producer Keiji Inafune made to include this version of the character. Or rather, the decision to tweak the design as they have. "Mega Man’s… aged since his picture was taken and used in the US box art," Ono explained. "It’s been 25 years since, after all. Just like how one’s father may look different in photos taken 25 years ago and today, Mega Man’s outward appearance has changed."
"We decided to do it like this after consulting with Mega Man’s creator Keiji Inafune who left Capcom last year," Ono continued. "Story-wise, like all other characters in the game, he is looking to acquire Pandora for a specific reason."
"Anyone want to guess why?", Siliconera quipped to their readers.
The article goes on to talk about some of the other characters appearing, noting that while Sony's ToroStation mascots Toro and Kuno will share moves with Street Fighter's Ryu and Tekken's Kazuya, Mega Man and Pac-Man will have their own original move sets.
"Mega Man and Pac-Man have their own unique moves and fighting style. However, Mega Man is a character that fights with weapons while Pac-Man rides on Mokujin in battles, so the whole thing kind of going against the rules…" Ono explained while laughing.
Incidentally, while other PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita-exclusive characters Toro, Kuno, and Cole (of inFAMOUS) will be included on the disc (and selectable from the start), those who don't want any part in Mega Man or Pac-Man's shenanigans won't have to deal with them if they don't want to. Of course, Ono encourages people to give them a try nonetheless:
"[A]lthough they are not official tag partners, each character has its own prologue and ending so please do connect to the Sony Entertainment Network and obtain the playable code for both characters," he revealed, making sure to point out "It’s free."
With that said, one is left to wonder if perhaps being downloadable content (versus on-the-disc bonuses, as the others are) means that there is still a chance for Mega Man and Pac-Man to show up on the Xbox 360 version someday. Of course, if that is the case, Capcom isn't likely to say anything about it for some time to come.
Street Fighter X Tekken comes out on March 6th in North America and Singapore, March 8th in Japan, and March 9th in Europe.
Looking at the comments in the article, it's clear there is still some friction among fans regarding this version of the Blue Bomber as they attempt to poke holes in Ono's idea. However, following the reveal of Mega Man's prologue cutscene with Roll (click here if you've not seen it yet), it seems some are beginning to warm up to it.