Capcom just announced Mega Man Universe
for the Xbox Live. What is Mega Man Universe
... well we are not quite sure either. It appears that Mega Man Universe
is the classic type of Mega Man game but with new art direction. You can blast in the classic 2D pixel format or in a pseudo-stop motion action.
Remember how you can defeat bosses for their powers? Mega Man Universe is also a huge crossover game for the Capcom Universe. Now, not only can you get Ice Man's ice blast but you can also collect power-ups to transform into Ryu from Street Fighter
or Arthur from Ghosts 'n Goblins
. More cross-overs are implied by the announcement trailer including 1942, 1943, Final Fight, Magic Sword, Darkstalkers, and Bionic Commando
GameSpot did an interview with the blue blaster's creator Keiji Inafune. Mr. Inafune is a bit ambiguous with his answers. Never directly answering what type of game this is.
GS: What kind of game is this?
KI: I can’t say what it is exactly at this point, but the people who I want to play are the fans who played Mega Man games growing up. You will see a lot of '80s influence in the sound and artwork used in the game, and in this teaser trailer, you can see a lot of the '80s theme we are going for.
GS: Will we be seeing standard platforming Mega Man action or will we be seeing things that mix that formula up?
KI: What do you think it’s going to be like? At Comic-Con, this new title Mega Man Universe will be born.
Inafune encourages you to use your imagination on what this new title could be and my imagination just created something potentially awe-inspiring!
Here is the announcement trailer, official press release to follow.
SAN MATEO, Calif. — July 16, 2010 — Capcom Entertainment, Inc., a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Mega Man Universe™ is coming to Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network and PlayStation®Store. Mega Man Universe, the latest entry in Capcom’s long-running Mega Man® series, will be a revolutionary take on the seminal classic, setting course for a new chapter in classic gaming.
Mega Man games are beloved by fans all over the world. Since their debut in 1987, Mega Man has remained a videogame icon, having starred in more than 140 titles over the last 22 years. The connection he’s made with pop culture at large has extended beyond games and into cartoons, toys, clothing, comics, kid’s meals, and more. Part of that popularity is driven by the series’ ability to evolve over time yet consistently retain the addictive gameplay experience that sets Mega Man games apart.
For the next chapter in this legacy of excellence, Capcom aims to deliver the most creative Mega Man experience yet. In Mega Man Universe, imagination is the star of the game.
“We are thrilled to finally be able to announce Mega Man Universe,” said Kenji Inafune, Head of Research and Development Management for Capcom Entertainment. “This game will break the mold and challenge the conventional wisdom of what a Mega Man game can be. When fans finally get to see it, I believe they’ll envision their most far-out Mega Man dreams coming true.”
Inafune is committed to helping craft a Mega Man experience that meets the highest expectations of Capcom fans. Most recently Mega Man® 10 echoed this fact when its classic design and compelling gameplay made it one of the most sought after digital downloads of the year. Gamers can expect Mega Man Universe to bring the core experience fans want while delivering on the promise of innovation that Capcom is known for. Its official: classic gaming will never be same again.