"This title has been revived based on our users' feedback. They indicated that they wanted to see it again, so if we can continue to find ways to involve users and use their feedback to evolve the game, I think we can go on to continue to make MM10, MM11, and so on. The main point is how and if we can continue to incorporate user feedback into the creation of the game." ~ Keiji Inafune
As far as I'm concerned, Mega Man is back in the pot, Capcom just doesn't realize the true potential and direction of the franchise quite yet. It's understandable, I mean, Mega Man's last original entry was on the PS1 (or GBA, if you count the ported Mega Man & Bass) and the technology has changed so much since then. But if we're talking about the X Series, Capcom already has the bearings they need, since X8 is relatively more up to par technology wise than the Original Series. A few tweaks, some bells and whistles, and god-forbid, some effort on Capcom's part as far as Mega Man is concerned, and you have the recipe for a good Mega Man game.
Can they make a next-gen Mega Man game? Yes. Is this something the fans want? I believe it's something that they'd expect. Will it turn a profit? Probably. (Just look at long time Capcom contender Street Fighter if you don't believe that.) Now the big question, WILL they make it?
"It all depends on fans' demand! We might see that day, as long as there is passion!" ~ Hironobu Takeshita, Producer of Mega Man 9.
Then I take a look at Capcom's total sales for franchises and see that Mega Man is at number two at 28,000,000 units sold with 120 games, below Resident Evil at 34,500,000 units sold at 50 games.
I got to say, Mega Man doesn't sell quite as much as one would expect, even considering the 70 game difference between itself and Resident Evil, RE still has the higher sales. Also consider how much longer Mega Man has been around for. And yet, he's still hanging in there. Much of the credit I'm sure goes to the onslaught of merchandise, anime, manga, and fan service, Mega Man is more than just game franchise, he's a commodity in other respects as well.
So, maybe we can't expect too much from Mega Man as a gaming franchise. But that isn't to say that anything that is Mega Man that's released for a gaming console would be completely insignificant. In short, Capcom has the power to make some big changes, and I think the fans' feedback is more than enough to contend against any doubt they have in the series.
I think that as long as Capcom pulls for as much effort into Mega Man as some of their current still-running game franchises, without changing the core of what makes Mega Man games so good, I think Mega Man can stand in today's gaming society as well if not better than most of the mainstream games out there today.
On another note, just thought I should point out:
Secret Rockman Project
What could it be? Another Complete Works book? Another mixed soundtrack? Maybe a new game perhaps?
Edited by Arkane on January 19, 2009 at 12:25:36.