Mega Man Legends 3 has been canceled, Capcom revealed tonight. According to the publisher, development of the 3DS sequel was “intended to give gamers across the world insight and input into the development process,” including the assessment of whether or not the title would go into full production. As told by the game’s discontinuation, it did not meet the required criteria.
Capcom also will not release the Prototype Version of Mega Man Legends 3, which was originally scheduled to launch with the Nintendo eShop, then later pushed to an unannounced date.
As development on Legends 3 was a fan-involved project, Capcom will send “a commemorative gift” to those whose ideas went into the game, “which will be shipped at a later date.”
The departure of Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man and the ‘dreamer’ behind Mega Man Legends 3, “is in no way related” to the game’s cancellation, said Capcom.
Capcom issued a stern apology to its fans and those eagerly awaiting the sequel, requested by its followers for over a decade.
“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,” wrote the company’s GregaMan on the Capcom Unity blog. “On behalf of the entire Legends team, please accept our sincere apology for failing to meet the expectations of the fans.”
Mega Man Legends 3 isn’t the only Mega Man game that was cancelled in 2011. At the end of March, Capcom canceled Mega Man Universe, a PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade entry that saw other Capcom characters test the core series’ side-scrolling waters.