Rockman Online Introduces Cinnamon

For those keeping track of developments with Capcom and NeoWiz's joint venture, Rockman Online has got a bit more spice for you. (See what I did there?) Preceding this week's G-Star event in Seoul, NeoWiz has announced the inclusion of Cinnamon in Rockman Online. I can't gather all the details, and while it appears she will be able to accompany players, I'm not certain if she's an actual character type, like X, Zero and Duo.

As you might suspect, Cinnamon will serve as a healing and support character. Using the Great Force Metal Generator she's equipped with, she can treat her comrades. It's also said that, aside from medical healing, she also makes use of biotechnology and alternative medicines. Additionally, it's said she speaks of visions of a place called "Neo Arcadia" where humans and Reploids coexist. While most think this is a side effect of the Force Metal, Duo type hunters believe her words have truth. Weird...

Speaking of G-Star, it appears Pmang plans to release a new trailer for the game on YouTube once the event begins. Teased with a single image, the trailer will contain new animated footage, which has been made as a joint collaboration between Korea and Japan. I'm uncertain if the trailer will contain any actual gameplay, but we can still hope.

Rockman Online Blog Details Gaia

Another update from the Rockman Online blog, this time detailing the military city of Gaia, which serves as the starting point for players. So far 200 Percent Protagonist has an initial translation summary, with a full translation expected soon (we will update with that). Check out the details after the break.

Hello, Alia here. The online blog is a place to visit often as I’ve mentioned before. Yes, today is “Gaia”.

The military city Gaia is located in the terrestrial northern hemisphere and is the center of UCA military powers. This is the first stop for all new Irregular Hunters.

This time I’ll tell you about Gaia.

Historical Significance of Gaia

Centuries ago, X, Zero, Axl and Irregular Hunter Commander Signas recognized the need to respond to Irregulars like the URA.

Accordingly, past commander Signas has equipped the place with similar environmental conditions to those encountered by the legendary hunters. You can learn how to fight more effectively by exploring the area.

In other words, the military city of Gaia is a training location and is the heart of the Irregular Hunters.

Military formation of the city

Gaia was initially a training city for new Irregular Hunters, and was initially a small town, but has grown because of the conflicts with the URA and as more people began to frequent the area.

Eventually the transition to facilities for large-scale troop transports began, requiring more defenses to protect them.

(There’s a section here I can’t make heads or tails of.)

The military town of Gaia is the safest place within the UCA, but intensive anti-URA targets are also the most dangerous places.

Military conflicts within the city of Gaia

(this section is giving me a lot of trouble, but calls out Doppler Town and Repliforce, oddly.)

Careful Selection (maybe should be Conclusion?)

Well … I think the story could be a little longer. I don’t know, I didn’t want to bore you …^^;

(There’s something here about a secret project, but Google fails me here too.)

Some things are secret even to operators, but some advice for the sake of all missions:

Choose carefully and always ‘worry’. If you want to make good decisions, believe in your operators, commander Signas, and keep unwavering determination that Hunters are in the right. So own your critical moments and believe.

Until next time.

Alia out… ^ ^

Rockman Online Blog Starts Up

So yesterday, quit a bit of new Rockman Online material came up, via the game's official blog. But I suppose that was overshadowed a bit by this whole Mega Man Legends 3 thing. Perhaps you've heard about it. Nevertheless, a bit of new info can be gleaned via Protodude's Rockman Corner.

There are three types of playable characters classes : X Type, Zero Type and Duo Type.

X Type: This class has the ability to perform a Nova Strike, in addition to X's other trademark attacks such as the charge shot. Nova Strike is executable after you've taken a certain amount of damage. Further, X's new armor allows him to have additional mobility in deep sea and perilous mountain missions.

Zero Type: With his trusty Z-Saber, Zero is the close combat character. He's able to perform a multitude of melee attacks to take out foes at close range and can perform a double jump to reach new heights. When equipped with armor, Zero's defense capable greatly increase and is able to attack multiple enemies at once. Much like past games in the X series, Zero cannot gain new weaponry.

Duo Type: A heavy-class character. Duo can attack foes with his fist which can be powered up to increase damage; rockets and a "cross-beam" make up the rest of his arsenal; when equipped with armor, Duo can fly for a brief period of time; finally, he is immune to virus type enemies, but as a trade off, he cannot utilize other weaponry.

Interestingly, the site mentions we won't actually be playing as X, Zero or Duo. Instead, we're playing as a Reploid that can copy the DNA of legendary Reploids and take on their appearance and abilities.

Another thing of interest, the site puts a huge emphasis on the UCA -- The United Continent Association. The UCA acts as the world government in Rockman Online and disperses its military forces (i.e Rockman Online players) to intervene in large scale political, economic, and military conflicts. Behind these skirmishes is the URA:  The Ultimate Reploid Association -- This separatist organization, made up of vigilante Reploids, aims to disrupt society with terrorism. The UCA is constantly battling them to quell these conflicts. Whether it be small or large scale activity, the UCA is always on the scene to combat them, though they've lost many areas to their influence.

Considering these details, it sounds more and more like Rockman Online is a completely original storyline/world, using Mega Man and Mega Man X elements as a frame of reference. And truthfully, this may be how a Mega Man game would best work within an MMO type game. Anyhow, be sure to check the blog for a variety of artwork and such, including a really twisted Cut Man.

News Credit: Protodude's Rockman Corner, RockMaster