Today, Capcom issued a surprise announcement about their plans for the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Among the expected talk of new Street Fighter, Devil May Cry, and Resident Evil releases came something quite unexpected: a new Mega Man release.
Not a new Mega Man game, mind you, but a new release just the same. Developed by Digital Eclipse for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo 3DS, Mega Man Legacy Collection features the original six Mega Man games together in one package, "8-bit with an HD flair."
In addition to the base games, there is a Challenge Remix Mode, Leaderboards, video replays, and a Museum Mode, which "features a massive repository of history and art collected from the era of the games in this collection. Take a look back at the history of Mega Man with loads of information, high-res art, concept pieces, sketches and more in the Museum."
In short, it sounds like an updated version of the Rockman Complete Works series released in Japan back in the late 90's. On the one hand, seeing as how there was never a proper translated release of that material (some of it made it into Mega Man Anniversary Collection, true, but much did not), there may be some appeal to fans there. On the other hand, the rise of the internet and transfer of information as well as resources such as the Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide (which has seen a new printing </plug>) might make some of that material seem redundant now.
The Challenge Remix mode is described as providing "both increasingly difficult trials for experienced players and also teaches newcomers to become familiar with the style of the games and tackle some of the trickier areas" by way of remixing gameplay from all six games for a new type of challenge.
Arguably, what might be the most interesting facet is that it was developed with an all-new engine called the Eclipse Engine. Whether that's a clue that they might be looking to remake other titles in the franchise or even new ones using this engine, we can only speculate... or it might just be a bullet point for the press release. Something to consider either way.
Mega Man Legacy Collection is a digital release that will be priced at $14.99 USD, which isn't too bad, unless you already bought all six games on Nintendo 3DS already. It will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this summer, while Nintendo 3DS owners will have to wait until winter. Providing the promo art for the title is UDON's Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz.