Rockman Online is Likely Cancelled, According to Artist (Updated)

Well, unfortunate news tonight, though probably news a lot of you were expecting. After concerns about the fate of Rockman Online after NeoWiz announced internal restructuring, the game's environments artist Kang Dong Hwa, aka Cantio75, has admitted that the project he was on was dropped (without mentioning Online specifically) on his blog. Furthermore, he posted numerous pieces of concept artwork (such as the above) he devised for Online over the years. This also points to the game being cancelled, since it would most likely be illegal for him to post the artwork if the game were still in development.

Of course, we'll wait for official confirmation from NeoWiz to say for certainty the game's cancellation, but honestly, after nearly half a year with no updates, and growing concerns, this development probably shouldn't be shocking. It is a true shame - Rockman Online was looking like a very interesting game, despite being one fans in the west may have never got to play.

UPDATE: An inside source has confirmed that the team working on Rockman Online was disbanded. If Online is even still in development, it would likely be a very different game than anything we've seen so far. We're choosing not to name the source

UPDATE 2: Mr. Kang appears to have removed some of the unseen environmental art from his gallery. Chances are he's just playing it safe with the advent of this news catching on - apparently it's since been widely spread among Korean and Japanese news sites and blogs.

We also wish the best to Mr. Kang, who says he's currently looking for new work, and that it's hard finding jobs that suit his specialty in science fiction imagery. At the very least, we have this additional artwork you can enjoy after the break.

Thanks to Amunshen for the information (based on a story originally from Protodude's Rockman Corner).

DASH 3 Reparations from the Japan Side

Kind of tough to believe it's been over two months now since Legends 3 was cancelled. Time sure flies when, uhh... you're feeling pretty crappy. Nevertheless, atop all the apologies and condolences, "reparations" were promised to those Devroom members whose work was already selected to be used in the cancelled title. In Japan, it appears those are finally starting to arrive. Pictured above are the contents of an envelope received by CAP Kobun (whose Donner Wels mecha design was selected as the basis for the Bonne mecha revealed in the Prototype Version). They include a letter, a Servbot image saying "Thank you! From all the DASH 3 team at Capcom. 2011" and two mobile cleaners. The mobile cleaners appear to be goods that were originally planned to be offered at Capcom's 3DS trial event in Akihabara, which was cancelled in the wake of the Touhoku earthquake and tsunamis. You can see more pictures of the goods in his post.

I'm actually unaware what the status is on presents coming to western Devroom members, but I don't believe it's been announced still (I may have just not seen, though). That being the case, it will probably not be much longer now, though the contents may differ than what's showing here of course. Keep an eye on the mail or await further word from Capcom.

The TMMN Megacast #11 – Totally Not About Mega Man Legends 3

Thanks to Comic Con and Otacon, we fell a little behind with our July Megacast episode, so we hope you don't mind giving it a listen in early August.

Anyhow, this episode I'm joined by Jesse "Mainfinger" Gregory and Andrew "AWD!" Dickman as we break away from the segmented topic format and spend the whole time discussing the deal with Mega Man Legends 3. It was recently cancelled, in case you haven't heard about that. Sorry to lay it down so bluntly!

Rather than spending the whole show grieving, we take an analytical look at everything that went down, and weigh certain events that took place to see how we got to where we are. What areas was Capcom rational in their decisions, and where did they drop the ball? We discuss all this and more, including the efforts being taken to bring Mega Man Legends 3 back.

There's certainly been a ton of talk about the whole ordeal in the past couple of weeks, so I do hope you find something interesting and new in our discussion. Enjoy.

Top artwork by Kinniku.