It would seem that the prevalent thought in some people's minds lately is "if Capcom's not going to give us a new Mega Man game, we'll just make one ourselves!"
Such is the case with a new game which has popped up on Steam Greenlight and isn't afraid to wear its inspiration very clearly (perhaps even too clearly, but we'll leave that for the lawyers to sort out) on its sleeve, Android Hunter A from DigiPlox. Here's the trailer:
There's no mistaking (particularly with a name and logo like that) this is trying to follow in the footsteps of Mega Man X -- or perhaps even more precisely, Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X. And really, if you're going to do something like this, there are few better templates to borrow from.
Next up, we've got a look at the Neon Highway stage from the demo (more about that in a minute), boasting 60 frames per second:
If you're interested in what the Mav -- er, Android Force bosses look like, cast your eyes here:
Finally, in addition to Photon and Auto (who thinks the physics look a bit floaty), here is the "Steam Greenlight Good Stuff" video from Jim Sterling which analyzes the trailer and is what first brought this one to my attention (Warning: A little Not Safe For Work):
Android Hunter A uses Unreal Engine 4 (Mighty No. 9 used Unreal Engine 3, for reference/comparison's sake), and may just fill the sort of "Mega Man, but with the serial numbers filed off" void that some initially thought Comcept's Kickstarter would. In addition to Steam, it appears the developer also has eyes on Linux, Windows 10, and Apple in some form.
On a personal note, I think it looks pretty neat. I especially love how the city backdrop looks. Sure, that kind of stage is perhaps a touch cliché at this point, but practically speaking, it provides a good frame of reference when comparing this product to its inspiration.
As noted, there is now a demo available for those interested in trying it out, and you can find that on the game's Steam Greenlight page, where you can also cast your vote for whether this is something you would like to play or not. (Full disclosure: I already clicked "yes.") For further information, you can also visit the developer's website.
What do you guys think? Is this just the sort of substitute you've been looking for, or do you feel it hews too close to the source material and should branch out a little more somehow? Share your thoughts in the comments below!