All of that praying and hoping has seemed to pay off as we are finally getting Mega Man 11 out of Capcom here just for the 30th anniversary of the franchise. Okay, well it is more for some time in the 31st anniversary as it is not slated to drop on the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, or PC until Late 2018, but we all get to know it is coming and will carry the franchise on. No more knock-off Mega Man games as we have a whole new one coming and mixing things up a bit. Yea, look at that, new things for the franchise as well as the whole new game. Let us see how all of that plays out for now.
While details on this Mega Man 11 title are few and far between, it was just announced during their live stream today, it does look like it will keep the same basic formula in terms of level design and flow. We can also see that it will be deviating from the basic 2D sprites we grew up with for a 2.5D version of the graphics. More or less, that means fancier sprites as it will still be in a 2D space but the art will make it feel like it has a third dimension without it truly having one. About where animation has gone to now but still keeping with what Mega Man fun and cool back in the 80s. You will be able to see some of that gameplay in the announcement video below so you can be completely certain of what I am talking about here.
In addition to Mega Man 11 getting the announcement, there was also confirmation that all of the original games will be coming to the Switch as well as the entire X franchise making the jump over to all of the platforms as well. Spring of 2018 and Summer of 2018 respectfully. All so everyone can have a chance to play all of the games before the launch of the new title by the end of next year. Seems like a bit much, but I am sure Capcom knows what they are doing here. Or at least they think they do and there will be a small chunk of players out there happy to replay all of those older titles from the past.
Mega Man 11 — 30th Anniversary Trailer
Today during the Mega Man 30th Anniversary Livestream in partnership with Twitch, Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, revealed Mega Man 11, the next evolution in the long-running 32 million unit-selling action platformer series. Led by a talented, veteran development team at Capcom, the new game features tight side-scrolling action gameplay the series is known for while completely revolutionizing the experience for modern consoles. Mega Man 11 will be a great entry for both fans and newcomers to the series to dive into as it retains its signature challenge while offering a variety of difficulty options. The game is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Windows PC in late 2018.
The classic series takes a leap forward in visual presentation in Mega Man 11 with a 2.5D design direction introducing beautiful, completely hand-drawn characters and environments. A freshly redesigned Mega Man takes on Dr. Wily’s berserk machines, defeating Robot Master bosses and taking their weapons, in an ever-evolving fight for justice with new and unique enemy designs. This is just a small taste of information of what’s to come in Mega Man 11 alongside the start of the series’ 30th anniversary year, and fans can look forward to more details on the game in Summer 2018.
The anniversary celebrations don’t stop with the thrilling announcement of Mega Man 11! Throughout 2018, fans and newcomers to the franchise can look forward to revisiting some of the most noteworthy games in the series’ history. Confirmed today, both Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 are coming to Nintendo Switch in Spring 2018, making all 10 of the numbered series games playable on Nintendo Switch leading up to the release of Mega Man 11 later next year. The first collection, which includes the original six 8-bit games, sees the addition of a new Rewind accessibility option to go back in time following blunders. This feature will also roll out to existing owners of Mega Man Legacy Collection on PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, and PC.
Also confirmed today, all eight games from the futuristic Mega Man X series are coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, and PC in Summer 2018. The X series introduced features such as powerful armor upgrades and wall-jumping, with more mature themes in this action platforming series. Fans can expect more information on these games in the coming months.
I am glad to see that we are getting a Mega Man 11 here, but am kind of curious as to how many gamers out there will have the time to play through all of the back catalog before it finally lands next year. We are looking at eighteen games here to power through and some of them are not weekend-long events. At least to get everything done in the game and such. If you drop everything else that is coming out during the time where it is feasible, but we know gamers are not going to do that. This is coming from someone who has played all of the original titles from before though, so maybe new fans will go out of their way to make the time. I guess we will see here soon.
Did you jump for joy at hearing that Mega Man 11 is going to be a real thing now? Do you think this could be partly due to the other game made in the same vein that did not perform as well as the creator had hoped? Will you be one of those gamers out there to dedicate all their time to replaying the entire franchise to get ready for the brand new title? Let us all know down in the comments and then feel free to discuss. For more on Mega Man 11 as we can dig it up, just stick around here. We will get all of the updates on this new game and bring them to you with the quickness.