UDON Breaks Out BN and SF Official Complete Works Preview

I know you folks have been waiting for these a while, but the wait is almost over! UDON Entertainment has posted some preview pics of both Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man Star Force Official Complete works. And the Battle Network edition is confirmed to release next week on the 16th. In the meantime, Star Force is planned to come out sometime in May. Enjoy the pictures! Press release after the break. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" orderby="title"]

IT’S A NEW GENERATION OF MEGA MAN® ART BOOKS!

UDON to release Mega Man Battle Network™ and Mega Man Star Force™ art books

Toronto, ON - March 10, 2011 – UDON’s Mega Man™ art books have been a big hit with blue bomber fans, so far covering the original Mega Man®, Mega Man® X, and Mega Man® Zero iterations of the Capcom® video game franchises. Now, two more Mega Man series get the art book treatment in Mega Man Battle Network™: Official Complete Works, and Mega Man Star Force™: Official Complete Works.

The Mega Man Battle Network® video game series reinvented the classic Capcom franchise as an exciting action-RPG, and reintroduced Mega Man to a whole new generation of gamers. Later, the sequel series Mega Man Star Force® would carry on the action-RPG tradition with all-new adventures set in a distant future.

Mega Man Battle Network: OCW collects the stunning artwork of all 6 Battle Network games, plus several spinoff titles. Similarly Mega Man Star Force: OCW covers all games in the Star Force series. Each book contains 176 pages of character designs, promotional art, sketches, rarely seen pieces, and plenty of creator commentary.

Mega Man Battle Network: Official Complete Works hits stores March 16, 2011, followed up by Mega Man Star Force: Official Complete Works in May 2011.

MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS

-ISBN: 978-1926778129

MEGA MAN STAR FORCE: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS

-ISBN: 978-1-926778-14-3

Link to cover and preview art:

http://www.udonentertainment.com/blog/udon/2526/

Related books available now:

MEGA MAN: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS

-ISBN: 978-1897376799

MEGA MAN X: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS

- ISBN: 978-1897376805

MEGA MAN ZERO: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS

-ISBN: 978-1897376010

Holiday Wishes from Rockman Online

As a small token of Christmas cheer at the Rockman Online blog, Alia presents this piece of artwork done up by one of the artists of the Hunter Agency who recently finished up his normal duties (they really do push the immersive thing with this). It's meant to depict the stalwart Hunters in action.

Personally I don't think it really screams holiday festivities, but it is an extremely cool image! Thank you, nameless Hunter artist!

And thanks for the tip, HeatPhoenix!

RUMOR: Is this Rockman Online?

Following up on our initial report of Rockman Online (referred to as "Mega Man Online" in the English translation of Capcom's Investor Relations report), this image was submitted by TMMN user RockMaster, and apparently it's been making the rounds at various Korean news sites. Unfortunately I picked up my degree in Japanese, not Korean, and while I hear the two have a lot of similarities, it's a major barrier in doing my own research. Some things seem to check out, with what little I can investigate. NeoWiz and Capcom are listed, and are obviously the creators of the game. "Pmang" is NeoWiz's online casual game portal. However, some things still bug me. The image has no logo or other write-up, the Capcom copyright date is in 2007, and no sites outside of Korea have reported on this picture (until this one I suppose).

There is also some commentary with the picture from NeoWiz, which I've translated as best I can with machine translated. It appears to read: "NeoWiz is scheduled to develop the game using their experience and know-how from popular games like FIFA Online and Battlefield Online and optimize those qualities to best develop a Rockman Online for online platforms. 'We will do our best to release a game that has value not just in this country, but on an international level, thanks to the cooperation of two companies.' a spokesman for NeoWiz says." It also seems Rockman Online is a tentative name for now.

This is appearing to look legit, though, and is mostly marked as a rumor for my own lack of Korean understanding. We will continue to look for more sources and info here at TMMN. RockMaster provided a number of sources himself, which we will list below. Thank you, RockMaster.

ZDNet Korea Naver Edaily News Game Chosun GameMeca Betanews (Google translated)