Mega Man first-person shooter canceled in 2010 - Report

Despite "strong" internal support, Capcom reportedly canned FPS from Metroid Prime vets during greenlight meetings.

A Mega Man first-person shooter was not meant to be. Sources have told Polygon that Capcom canceled this project--codenamed Maverick Hunter--during greenlighting meetings in 2010.

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The game was in development at Austin, Texas-based Armature Studio, the outfit founded by Metroid Prime veterans that is currently working on Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for the 3DS and PlayStation Vita. It reportedly had the blessings of original Mega Man designer Keiji Inafune.

Unlike some of the classic Mega Man titles, Maverick Hunter was said to be thematically inspired by the more mature Mega Man X franchise. It was also to stay true to core concepts and include a reimagined X-Buster arm cannon, among other features.

Though Armature Studio had a playable build of Maverick Hunter up and running, its existence was a short-lived six months around the beginning of 2010. Sources said it "showed promise" but was ultimately considered a "significant gamble" and ultimately canceled in the months before Inafune left Capcom later in 2010.

Maverick Hunter joins a group of other canceled Mega Man games that includes Mega Man Online, Mega Man Universe, and Mega Man Legends 3.

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guiyid
guiyid

 Obviously I like this game, which is attractive to me like Age of Wushu. I can build up my own world in the game freely.

FedCom
FedCom

Might've went a bit more traditional on the art design but still, at least it was trying something different.

IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

Were they do make a nail-bitingly tough Mega Man FPS in the spirit of the real megaman, that could be cool. I could honestly envision it in the same vein as Metroid Prime.

vadagar1
vadagar1

dafq did i just see


ahhh its canceled good good ...

najemm
najemm

Rate it M, let me switch from 3rd to 1st...add heavy Gore....im in

arganvain
arganvain

lets make the "math":

fps games right now are focused on multiplayer, that means that the single player part mostly SUCK, so.... its a good thing they cancelled this.

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Bomberman: Act Zero - fine example of rebooting something fun into something dark.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

I'm not surprised at all ...it is Capcom they do two things now : 1- Completely dstroy their franchise or 2 - Cancel Mega Man.

I sure would like to see a new Mega Man game that isn't only avalaible on Live/PSN like Mega Man9 & 10 which were very good. But creating another FPS game ... aren't people sick of the FPS genre ? In my case, I am !

MikEl Maolud Smith
MikEl Maolud Smith

FPS shooter = yes great choice at canning it.....but BUT a Metroid game that can switch from a super detailed 2D platform to a 3d Cover based gameplay is ideal. It will hint towards a fps but at the same time it will stick with it roots.

finalkain
finalkain

2010.. during the "Lets release anything we can think of as an FPS cause its gamings Biggest Cash Cow" Period.

gtandiono
gtandiono

capcom hasn't produced a good game in a while, DmC was a so-so hack n slash that left more to be desired, and not to mention RE, they need a comeback soon


oskuuu
oskuuu

could have been good, if done right

Attvck01
Attvck01

who cares?  this was 3 years ago, it doesn't impact anyones life. 

Uiltetwr
Uiltetwr

This sounds like an awesome game 

guahiatt
guahiatt

is there going to be a megaman game ever again?

91210user
91210user

there's going to be a cancelled megaman game fansite that going to list all of these titles

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

I reckon a Megaman FPS would be awesome. Beat the boss acquire his weapon. Find the best order to fight the bosses. Slight puzzle element to it. But game devs these days wouldn't know a good idea even if it hit them in the face. So I guess we can expext more CoD & GoW clones.

etryus
etryus

lol at Megaman Online... Too bad for this game though, it could have launched the Megaman series on the next gen gaming systems.

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

Would of been interesting and a breath of fresh air for the Mega Man Franchise which is much needed ;(

deathwatch28
deathwatch28

I think a 3rd person camera would have been better. Megaman is more platform shooter than corridor shooter. FPS version would of sucked

alwin8695
alwin8695

I really want to play as the blue bomber again.. geez

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

Good call on canceling it. I don't know why Capcom is suffering with Megaman. They haven't even included him in UMVC3. We've seen all old popular sequels on current gen except for Megaman. I wouldn't like it if I see a Megaman game developed by a western developer. It will turn out to be like any other westernized Capcom game like RE6 or Dead Rising 2 which I liked them when they were developed by people who created them IN FREAKING JAPAN!!!!

zzamaro
zzamaro

The big issue isn't about megaman being a FPS. It's about megaman itself. Capcom keeps cancelling all megaman games. 

 Street Fighter x megaman wasn't cancelled and even though it was free, the only thing megaman was just the gameplay of the player and just enemies IIRC. Everything else was all about street fighter: Music, stages, bosses, secret bosses, etc. In fact, they put the street fighter name before megaman when it should have been megaman because you actually controlled him. It felt to me like the game was much much more about street fighter than megaman. You removed megaman and you have a complete street fighter game.

If it wasn't for that free game, what else would have had about megaman recently? Nothing. Such a shame that even an FPS megaman was cancelled. Even new ideas about ideas would have been welcomed. Remember metroid prime? At 1st I didn't like that idea, and I still not satisfied but I could see and understand why people loved MP. See MM Legends? A TPS that was quite good.

I would have wanted to see something about megaman but Capcom just keep cancelling megaman games.

y890
y890

i prefer the original gameplay

gabe250
gabe250

The Mega Man series has seen more cancellations in the last few years than sitcoms on "Must See NBC". Makes me sad. The Blue Bomber deserves better.

goriv
goriv

@arganvain "single player part mostly SUCK" what do you mean? do you know the game bioshock franchise? especially the latest? what about farcry 3? are you familiar with tha game SKYRIM? or the indie AMNESIA? like hell the most scariest FPS game so far, you're new here right?

ultramega9
ultramega9

@arganvain So what. It would be pretty cool to have had a megaman multiplayer, and the single player would have probably been the same as the nes game.

CRAPCOM1926
CRAPCOM1926

@gtandiono Monster Hunter. Is the only good thing they have left. XD like With Square enix with Dragon quest ( DQ X sucks is a MMORPG now ><)

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@gtandiono A lot of companies do. I enjoyed DmC but right now their best game in the past year has been a 3DS game (RE: Revelations). EA just lost their CEO because of SimCity and the Devil's Cartel seems to be doing even worse than expected. Square has been way down on their figures and just kicked their CEO though their games have probably been the most successful of the three.

Right now, 2K is probably the strongest as far as I can tell and the safest are probably Activision or Ubisoft. 

Jehuty08
Jehuty08

@oskuuu I feel the same way. I thought metroid prime was going to suck when I first found out it was going to be first person, but that turned out beautifully

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

@ChaosUndivided well ... if they have continue to develop Mega Man as a FPS game ... it would be exacly what you said, another CoD & oW clones.

arganvain
arganvain

@goriv @arganvain that is why i said "mostly".

right now games are dumbed down, the difficulty never rise a challenge, the challenge that the OLD megaman always gave you (making you frustrated at times).

bioshock francise is an exception ok, skyrim is a game that im still playing, but had to mod like hell to have a challenge, and horror games aren't my thing, but i still say that today the single player is hardly satisfing 'cause im still someone that see games like 20 years ago, if not even more, so i will ALWAYS have this fear to see a VERY OLD franchise killed like that.

I AM relieved about this fact that is was cancelled.

moodyfoo
moodyfoo

@Coco_pierrot @ChaosUndivided have you ever played a metriod game since it was turned into a fps? i doubt...not all fps has to be generic shooters like cod you know. imo a more mature megaman sounds good to me just like a more mature mario game could have been cool. shame compagnies don't have guts anymore they just go with what feels safe to be sure to make $$$

guahiatt
guahiatt

@reyan1455 @guahiatt I know...I've been waiting for a megaman game for a really long time now. As long as it stay close to the action/platformer formula it will feel like a megaman to me

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

@moodyfoo Oh yes I did ! But the context was very different. Back in the day when Metroid Prime lunched on Gamecube, a FPS game that actually work on a consol was a novelty and it was much welcomed ! 12 years later ... First Person genre start to feel like the plague ... every genre got a FPS treatment ... I think it is just a matter of time before we get a First Person RTS game ... If they did a Mega Man FPS game it would just add up to the pile of forgetable FPS. I guess a FPS or a 3rd person shooter is the only way to be sure to make some money but seriously it really ... mindless shooting with no story at all ...

I prefer to have another DLC game like MM9 and MM10 over another FPS.