Mega Man Universe Q&A

We talk to Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune about the Blue Bomber's latest adventure.

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Back in 1987, Keiji Inafune was a university graduate in Japan doing what all recent graduates do: looking for a decent-paying job. The young illustrator was hired by Capcom and wound up being tasked with creating a new character, Rockman. The diminutive blue hero debuted on the original Nintendo Entertainment System and became an iconic juggernaut for the publisher, one that has managed to evolve over two full decades. Inafune-san has also undergone a similar evolution. In his time with the company, he has gone from lowly graphic designer to Capcom’s global head of production. However, despite his new position, Inafune still finds time to tend to creative pursuits. We recently spoke with Inafune-san about an all new entry in the series, Mega Man Universe.

GameSpot: What are we seeing here? Is this a teaser trailer made to set the tone of the new game?

Keiji Inafune: That is correct. This is something that you have never seen before, and we have included some hints into this teaser trailer. If you take a look closely, you will be able to imagine a lot of different possibilities. So try and use your imagination, and you may figure out what makes this game special.

GS: What made you choose Mega Man as a basis for this new game?

KI: This time, I have included a lot of new gameplay concepts into this game. If we were to make a completely new game, people wouldn’t focus on these new concepts as they would be more focused on the new characters. By choosing Mega Man, a character that already has a strong following and is a character I’m personally attached to, this will allow people to focus on what is new about this game and what special gameplay opportunities can come from these new features.

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.

Keiji Inafune, Mega Man creator.

GS: Do you feel that Mega Man needs a reboot or makeover?

KI: I don’t think it is necessary to determine exactly where the character is heading. Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10, which were done in the 8-bit style, proved that Mega Man is still widely accepted by its fan base. But, that doesn’t mean that we need to stick only to that 8-bit style because all the fans would get bored of the series. It’s not about whether or not the style is new or old; it is about making new ideas. I am always looking for new ideas for Mega Man.

GS: Why do you think Mega Man is still such an endearing character after all these years?

KI: The character itself is very simple and accessible to a large audience. The games have high-quality gameplay mechanics and great background music. Those factors make Mega Man an unforgettable experience. I feel very honored that so many fans have shown their passion and dedication to the franchise over the years.

GS: How do the other Capcom properties like Ghost 'n Goblins and Street Fighter come into play?

KI: If I told you exactly how these characters would be implemented now, you wouldn’t have to use your imagination. We will let you know soon, but for now, how do you think worlds of Ghost 'n Goblins, Street Fighter, and Mega Man will collide?

GS: When will we see and hear more about the game?

KI: In the next couple of months, so you can expect to find out more information, so stay tuned.

Mega Man is serious business.

GS: How much of an impact do all of the previous Mega Man games have on the creation of a new game like Mega Man Universe?

KI: All of the previous Mega Man games and all of the feedback we have received from the fans of the series has always been the biggest influence to our game design. I am particularly excited about how we will be able to implement the fans ideas in Mega Man Universe, but I can’t specify exactly how this will happen yet.

GS: Do you think that the series will be helped or hurt by taking the gameplay in more contemporary directions?

KI: Don’t worry; I strongly believe the franchise is headed in the correct direction.

GS: Thanks for your time.

Discussion

124 comments
mark04anthony
mark04anthony

Not what I expected, but who knows? This might be pretty entertaining. I was really hoping for Legends 3 though.

jjmonster2006
jjmonster2006

this "teaser trailer," which isn't a teaser trailer (more like a cereal commercial) makes me hate this next Megaman.

tftrevor813
tftrevor813

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bikeking890
bikeking890

I'm excited but I'm not getting my hopes up. In this day and age, games are being targeted to kids who are seemingly born with ADHD and a tweeting status updating cellphone attached to their face. This results in the current flood of RTS/MMORPG/FPS/WOW CRAP. So my prediction of this game is as follows: a Mega Man MMORPG that entails a monthly fee, requires internet access to play ala Ubisoft, has trophies you can share on Facebook with the multitude of people that care, has voice chat capabilities, in-game currency you can buy for actual money that allows you to purchase different "clothes" for your "avatar" such as "Snake Man" and has a weak if not absent story while you play in a chatroom. If I'm lying I'm flying. Also, what's this answer all about? I'll tell you - it's why you shouldn't attempt interviews with game developers of a different nationality, no matter where you are: 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. "What do you think it's going to be like?"???? What type of answer is that? "Is this going to be 2-players?" "Derrrrr I dunno! What do you think? Derrrp!" So, not much hope right now.

DJ_Magneto
DJ_Magneto

Answering questions with questions. I hate interviews like this.

BlackDiamond81
BlackDiamond81

Ok first off let me start by saying Infune dodged those questions very nicely. If anything leaks you know he will not be the source, lol. I am kind of excited about this because I want to know wtf it is and contains. Capcom has been on a good roll as of late with most of their games. I hope that they totally blow us away with something that is innovative and fun.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

This is exactly what happens when I wake up every morning...I usually set my alarm clock to 200X though. xD

FMD129
FMD129

@uglypinkmoose Im definantly with you on that one... damn I miss that game, as a kid I was scared as hell of the under-water parts xD to this day though I still have no clue as to what universe that was based in and basicaly any of the story, maybe its time I play it again? lol But to me in this interview it seemed as if whenever Keiji was asked a question, all he did was throw another question back... Im pretty sure the point of interviews like this are supposed to give us answers, not leave us with more questions?...

aiccharlesB
aiccharlesB

I haven't really played a lot of mega man, but I think I could get into this game.

lehoang15tuoi
lehoang15tuoi

Please thumb me down and explain to me what is the meaning of the trailer? What has Megaman become?

gabvendramini
gabvendramini

Was that Ghouls 'n Ghosts and Street Fighter mixed with Mega Man? I think I'm high. :)

chaos269
chaos269

Sounds good will wait and see when we get more details of it but i wish they would bring out Megaman X9 instead they made the normal megaman all they way till 10 how about making the X series all the way till 10 aswell, come on CAPCOM.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Megaman is cool but they took it in the wrong direction. They ran out of idead to make bosses...FAIL. That network game was another FAIL.

akoymakoy
akoymakoy

now that would seriously pump up a huge " ?? !?!??! " on our heads for a couple of months.. hope this goes the right direction . Im really x1000 excited

URError
URError

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Hig1134
Hig1134

16 bit MegamanX9....pleeeeaase!!

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

Hopefully this scrounges up enough profit to allow Inafune to make Mega Man Legends 3.

TheRaiderNation
TheRaiderNation

Looks interesting. I really want to see mega man X9, 2D SNES style. None of this 3D garbage!

redeer
redeer

@Gexer64 I feel the exact same way.

belmont67
belmont67

Optimistic, but somewhat worried about what direction they are taking megaman.

gexer64
gexer64

I'd rather see a Megaman Legends 3.

ryanblomquist
ryanblomquist

Yes I agree with sonic_nhl, there is no excuse for no mega man x9, capcom, stop wasting your time on the very much dated original mega man series....

shamashayde
shamashayde

lol I noticed that 2 of the arcade machines were also bionic commando and DarkStalkers, and if megaman is battling main characters from awesome classic capcom games and getting their power's that could really make for some awesome new power ups if thats the case Ide like to see classic bosses too :)

sonic_nhl
sonic_nhl

How about Mega Man X9 already?! SNES Style!?

dovberg
dovberg

I'm kinda thinking mega man powered up except instead of the old robot bosses being playable classic capcom characters.

dnk778
dnk778

It reminds me of SPORE's early day. 'Oh, this is going to be great game! From making of (...)! Just let your imagination to think of all the features we may add to it! Journalists! Go write rave reviews! Let's take awards for E3's best video! Let's run a crazy marketing campaign! Let's shout about it loudly!...' And then when it released... "What? Shallow gameplay? Ripped off features? Not what you imagined? But where we said we're going to implement your IMAGINARY features? This is the game of shallow gameplay and hype, not what you imagined!...' Hype, hype, hype. I think it will be another Mega Man clone, with slight tweaks in graphics. =(

weissengel86
weissengel86

That trailer made me seriously go wtf? but I remain optimistic. I loved Mega Man growing up. I played them to death. Both the original series and Mega Man X

Hushed83
Hushed83

LOLWOT!!! @ the Mega Man artwork character.

DarrenKZ3pr0
DarrenKZ3pr0

ahhh Megaman.... reminds me of my childhood

iloveyourface
iloveyourface

@wario96 you missed nothing. duran duran and new kids on the block... that's about it.

wario96
wario96

I'd like to see more kids like me who wish they could live in the 80's. but anyways. RYU IN A MEGA MAN GAME?!?! AWESOME

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

"KI: Don’t worry; I strongly believe the franchise is headed in the correct direction." I worry; Because I strongly believe the franchise is headed towards a catastrophe (if it hasn't already)

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

The teaser trailer had nice Robot Chicken graphics, but it had me saying "WTF!!!"

robulastage
robulastage

All Keiji Inafune managed to say effectively is, "I can't tell you." What a boring interview.

shinglemill
shinglemill

looks pretty sweeet. gotta say im excited for this one

GCase1
GCase1

This is probably going to be like Super Mario Crossover. That's a good thing :D

OliBangs
OliBangs

Capcom Vs Capcom... Or a bad acid trip... just kidding jaja

kabalzer0
kabalzer0

ya it realy sounds like a Little Big Planet kind of game. im sure you can create your own megaman and your own levels

keyboard-hero
keyboard-hero

They probably got inspiration from Robot Chicken to make that trailer.

pedroturco
pedroturco

I belive it will be something like Little Big Planet.