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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.

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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.

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Mega Man's not dead yet, obviously, but one wonders how long it can go on without getting much support from it's primary sponsor (and I don't mean Dr. Light).

Udon's been making a terrific job by not only translating long-awaited books, but also by producing original material. Archie's comic is young, but shows a lot of potential and I'm looking forward to each issue. Inti Creates' albums are original and go far beyond being mere OSTs. However, how long will these companies have a large enough audience to cater to?

Back in 1998, Activision earned the rights to produce Star Trek games from Paramount. They released several great titles on the next few years. The two Elite Force games especially stand out among a sea of poor licensed products. However, in 2003, Activision sued Paramount and it's parent company Viacom for allowing the franchise to decay. They claimed that there was no set direction for the future of the series, and as such, their well of opportunities was drying up. Who says that we won't be facing a similar situation eventually? No one needs to sue: contracts just won't get renewed due to a general lack of interest.


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If only that were an option...!

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Mega Man's not dead yet, obviously, but one wonders how long it can go on without getting much support from it's primary sponsor (and I don't mean Dr. Light).

Udon's been making a terrific job by not only translating long-awaited books, but also by producing original material. Archie's comic is young, but shows a lot of potential and I'm looking forward to each issue. Inti Creates' albums are original and go far beyond being mere OSTs. However, how long will these companies have a large enough audience to cater to?

Back in 1998, Activision earned the rights to produce Star Trek games from Paramount. They released several great titles on the next few years. The two Elite Force games especially stand out among a sea of poor licensed products. However, in 2003, Activision sued Paramount and it's parent company Viacom for allowing the franchise to decay. They claimed that there was no set direction for the future of the series, and as such, their well of opportunities was drying up. Who says that we won't be facing a similar situation eventually? No one needs to sue: contracts just won't get renewed due to a general lack of interest.


Who would sue? It's not like you can sue Capcom for mishandling their own franchise.


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Yes you can, actually, as a corporation with a long-term contract. I'll use Archie for the sake of the example.

Imagine that Archie signed a 5 years deal with Capcom to publish comics based on Mega Man. Imagine that, unknown to us, a Legends comic was planned in parallel to the current one. Launched at the same time as Legends 3, this tie-in would have benefitted from the sales of the game, while the game itself would gain extra exposure from the availability of related media. With the cancellation of the game, and nothing even been planned for the franchise as a whole, Archie could sue for breach of contract along with uncooperative behavior leading to a loss of revenue.

I don't think I'll happen, mind you. I'm just saying that it's possible.


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By the way, what happened in that case? Did Paramount and Activision settle, or what?

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As it happens often in such cases, both companies settled out of court in 2005. The details, such as any monetary compensations, were not released publicly. Activision hasn't released a single Star Trek game since then, which is a shame if you ask me.


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I was looking for news about this Comic-con "Mega Man ban" rumor going around, when I saw a tweet from someone suggesting Archie's Mega Man series would be terminated and Archie would sue them. Reminded me of this discussion!

It seems like once the legislation is called into play, the chance for a future improved business relationship is nil. It's a last resort. So, actually, I hope I never see that happen.

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Sheer Idiocy. Why would they cancel the game that EVERYONE is waiting for??? Ive been waiting for this game since I finished the first 2 almost 8 years ago.


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