Capcom just issued this press announcement within the past hour.
We’d like to thank you for your ongoing loyal support of Mega Man Legends 3. Today, however, we must regrettably announce the discontinuation of this project.
From the outset the MML3 Project was intended to give gamers across the world insight and input into the development process. Part of this process includes an assessment of whether the title will go into full production, and is based on a number of criteria with input from different sectors of the company.
Unfortunately it was not felt that the Mega Man Legends 3 Project met the required criteria, and it is with regret that we must announce that the Mega Man Legends 3 Project has been cancelled, meaning that Capcom will not be releasing the Prototype or the full game. Additionally, updates of the Mega Man Legends Developer Room will cease as of today, though the North American Developer Room and its forums will remain open indefinitely.
We can only express our deepest apologies to all of you who have lent us your unending support, including participation in the Mega Man Legends 3 Developer Room. On behalf of the entire Legends team, please accept our sincere apology for failing to meet the expectations of the fans.
We thank you all so much for your extended support of this title and this community, and we hope that you will continue to support the Mega Man franchise as well as other Capcom games.
That makes two Mega Man games cancelled this year as well as a lack of Mega Man appearing at all in Marvel vs Capcom 3, a fighting game that prides itself in featuring Capcom’s biggest mascots and names. First Mega Man Universe and now Mega Man Legends 3. The Blue Bomber certainly isn’t getting much love from Capcom now that Keiji Inafune (the creator of Mega Man) no longer works at the company.
Could this hurt Mega Man’s chances of being in the new version of Marvel vs Capcom 3? That’s actually a pretty legitimate question as it has become staggeringly apparent that, for some mysterious reason, Capcom just does not seem to feel that Mega Man is at all marketable right now. Without any Mega Man games on the horizon right now (world first?), we’d best hope that the Blue Bomber does indeed make it into MvC3.
This is certainly not only a sad day to be a Mega Man fan, but a sad year as well.
Hang in there, Mega Fans!