Sometimes I hate Capcom, sometimes I love them, and today, I definitely love them: today Capcom announced Street Fighter X Mega Man, a brand new 8-bit style platformer that pits Mega Man against 8 of Street Fighter’s most iconic world warriors.
Street Fighter characters like Ryu and Chun-Li replace the usual robot masters that Mega Man will face at the end of each stage, and just like in a traditional Mega Man game, Mega Man will be able to steal an iconic attack from each boss once he’s defeated them. Each stage will also be themed around an iconic background from the Street Fighter series as well.
Interestingly enough, the game began life as a fan project, but Capcom VP Christian Svennson decided that the game was good enough to receive Capcom’s official blessing and backing. The game is currently being developed by both Capcom and the original creators of the fan game, and Capcom plans to release the game for free on PC in celebration of Mega Man’s 25th anniversary. The game should be available on December 17th.
Now,in my opinion this doesn’t completely absolve Capcom in regards to how they’ve treated the Mega Man franchise over the last few years, but Street Fighter X Mega Man is definitely a step in the right direction: it shows that Capcom is listening to their fans, and at the very least, it shows they haven’t quite abandoned the ol’ Blue Bomber just yet. Earlier this year Svensson also hinted that Mega Man would be appearing on consoles again in one form or another, so hopefully Street Fighter X Megaman is just the first in a new line of Mega Man releases.
Source: Capcom Unity