I'm still reeling, and I'm not at all happy, but I will say this.
Mega Man is not dead. But as a video game franchise, we seem to be in a barren patch. We've nothing visible on the horizon there, and I hope that changes, though after they've abandoned both Mega Man Universe and Legends 3, I'm not sure I'll be able to garner the same level of enthusiasm when it does.
But no, Mega Man is not dead. The turnout for Udon's Mega Man tribute book was outstanding. Archie's Mega Man and Ariga's Rockman titles are bringing Mega Man grand new adventures in comic form. Fans contribute in art, in music, even privately sold merchandise. People still love Mega Man. Fans are everywhere across the globe.
It's just disheartening that of all the Mega Man projects out there, Capcom seems to be the weakest link. Why they can't seem to utilize Mega Man profitably within their own company, I have no idea. I was going to say more, but now I'm sad.
External: Mega Man Legends 3 cancelled, Update by Dr. Cossack
Like an echo from a close past, it was officially announced today that Mega Man Legends 3 has been cancelled. This includes the Prototype version that was originally supposed to launch alongside the 3DS's eShop.
This comes as quite a surprise to many, especially since this project had been aiming from the beginning to involve the fan base. While updates on that front had slowed down a bit lately, it could have easily being justified by the work required for E3 alongside preparations for the launch of the Prototype.
Where does this leave the future of Mega Man games? As you can tell from looking at the current list of release dates, nothing is currently known outside of merchandise and books. The upcoming Tokyo Game Show 2011, from September 15 to 18, could shed some light on what to expect for the future.