John – On a Certain Cancellation

Well. Mega Man Universe was cancelled, Legends 3 was cancelled, and Mega Man was confirmed… to not be in Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3. Being a long time Mega Man fan, I can’t help but feel like these are unusually rough times for the Blue Bomber. A lot of other fans are finding themselves in the same feeling the same, I’m sure.

To be honest, I’m not sure exactly how to console my fellow fans. As I said, I can’t help but feel like this could possibly be the end of an era. The series has been around for 24 years, and it’s had its ups and downs, like any other series.  However, the fact that it seems it’s been pushed to the wayside so many times in just this past year alone seems like bad news all around.

I’d like to be clear that this isn’t a “call to action” against Capcom, or some sort of piece of hate mail. Does it suck that Legends 3 was dropped like a stone? Yeah. Do longtime fans of the series have reason to be upset, angry, and let down? Definitely. The way the fans are reacting to this is starting to get downright embarrassing, though.

I don’t know how true or not the reports of from Comic-con were the other day, of Seth Killian being punched in the face by an irate fan, or that people were being turned away from Capcom’s booth at the mere mention of Mega Man. The amount of foolish spam in their chat room during their UMvC3 stream was pretty shameful, however. I, myself, am still fuming about this a bit, but I’d like to think I’ve been slightly more mature about this. Threats against the staffers of Capcom-Unity? Rumors of cyber attacks planned against their site and the company? Just stop, everyone. Stop.

No amount of bitching or backlash will get us Legends 3. There are constructive ways of going about this, as some people have shown. There are some petitions to show that there IS still an interest in the series. Granted, petitions don’t always work out that well, but we can at least show Capcom that we want this sequel that we’ve waited over ten years for. Even Hiroshi Matsuyama, CEO of CyberConnect2 (currently developing Asura’s Wrath, and whose past works include the .hack games and the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series) expressed interest reviving the Legends 3 project. CyberConnect2 is a very talented studio and their past works attest to the quality of their product; I for one would not object to them working on MML3.

This is where the fans come in again. For those who agree that CC2 would be right for the job, we need to let both CC2 AND Capcom know this. I can’t make any guarantee that it absolutely will happen, but we need some kind of spark to reignite that flame of hope for the future of Mega Man. There is a Facebook group 100,000 Strong for Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3, as well as the petition I mentioned earlier. If the fans can stay civil and keep their efforts organized, maybe this’ll happen. Again, I certainly cannot make any guarantees, but we still need to keep the hope alive.

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