It’s been quite a wild ride for Mega Man Legends 3 and its loyal fan base over the years, but the dream has finally ended after a troubled development cycle. Capcom announced today that Mega Man Legends 3 on the Nintendo 3DS has been cancelled, and there are currently no plans to continue development on the game or franchise in the near future.
News on the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 is a devastating blow to those who have been looking forward to the game’s release ever since it was announced last year, though given the game’s track record it seemed more of an inevitability than a complete shock. That the downloadable Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version was delayed indefinitely was quite odd, and a substantial tip-off towards the full game’s eventually collapse.
Many loyal Mega Maniacs are likely fingering the departure of Mega Man creator Keji Inafune as the main reason that Mega Man Legends 3 has been canned, but Capcom has remained adamant that Inafune’s departure from the company had absolutely nothing to do with their decision to cancel the title. While Inafune-san leaving Capcom no doubt had some impact on MML3‘s development, it’s pretty obvious that Capcom’s interest in finishing the product was never really there — after all, the game was never officially green-lit by the company’s big wigs.
Capcom’s decision to bail on the project is likely a direct result of the 3DS’s less than stellar sales. Add in the recent saved data fiasco with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, and it’s easy to see why making another 3DS game at the moment could seem like a poor investment.
Hopefully Mega Man Legends will return someday, but it seems that the blue bomber is going to have to hold on just a little bit longer.
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