Maverick Hunter: Capcom's cancelled gritty Mega Man FPS reboot

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#1 Posted by Shirokishi_ (11206 posts) -

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Maverick Hunter: The Mega Man first-person shooter that could have been


In 2010, Capcom tapped the talent behind Metroid Prime to bring Mega Man into the modern age only to have the game suffer the fate of similar recent attempts to find a new audience for the 8-bit hero.

Codenamed Maverick Hunter, the first-person shooter had the blessing of Mega Man's creator and a talented team tasked with attracting a new generation of fans. But the departure of Keiji Inafune likely killed the most interesting take on the 25-year-old character to date.

Mega Man's foray into the first-person shooter genre looked, at least on paper, like a formula for success. One of a handful of collaborations with Western developers kicked off by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, the Mega Man first-person shooter was in development at Austin-based Armature Studio, the promising developer founded by Metroid Prime's creators. The new Mega Man would have been redesigned by the concept artist responsible for adapting Iron Man's armor for Marvel's successful film franchise. Thematically, the game would have built upon the mythology of Mega Man X, a series that was a darker, more mature spin-off of the cuter, classic Mega Man franchise.

The game would have stayed true to core Mega Man X gameplay concepts, re-imagining his X-Buster arm cannon, his dash and his ability to appropriate the special powers of his fallen enemies. Platforming elements, including X's wall jump, and classic Mega Man X characters would have been re-imagined in new ways.

Unfortunately, Armature's Mega Man first-person shooter, Maverick Hunter shared the fate of the Blue Bomber's other recent projects Mega Man Legends 3, Mega Man Universe, Mega Man Online and was canceled before the public ever had the opportunity to see it.

According to a number of Capcom sources, Armature's Maverick Hunter was prototyped and playable. It had a short lifespan, only about six months in the first half of 2010. It showed promise, sources said, but was deemed a significant gamble, and quietly killed before Inafune publicly exited Capcom in late 2010.

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I dont even know what to say. Looks like they were onto something kinda cool but Id hate for the series to go and stay FPS.

Thoughts?

#2 Posted by Chris_Williams (14882 posts) -

anyone remember bomberman act: zero? Have a feeling this would have went the same way. Horrible, also Capcom has been treating megaman like a red headed step child lately. He wasn't in Marvel Vs Capcom 3, megaman legends 3 was canceled. Whats going on with our blue hero

#3 Posted by BPoole96 (22814 posts) -

Looks like a blue Nanosuit

#4 Posted by nintendoboy16 (28375 posts) -

Visually (and this is kind of ironic, seeing that it came from Armature), it looks on par with Metroid Prime on the GameCube.

#5 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -
this is the one megaman game i'm glad got canceled. dear god. now if only megaman legends 3 had a chance...
#6 Posted by Ghost120x (4309 posts) -
Thank you Capcom. The one thing you did right was put this game to rest.
#7 Posted by DJ-Lafleur (34367 posts) -

teh fact that it had support by Armature studios makes me think it may have actually been good, gameplay-wise. Although the whole megaman X reboot part of it may have been hard to swallow.

#8 Posted by Bread_or_Decide (19082 posts) -

anyone remember bomberman act: zero? Have a feeling this would have went the same way. Horrible, also Capcom has been treating megaman like a red headed step child lately. He wasn't in Marvel Vs Capcom 3, megaman legends 3 was canceled. Whats going on with our blue hero

Chris_Williams
I would say the main problem isn't updating the character. It's the play mechanics. I sorta dig Mega Man's suit in this but if it's just a generic FPS then forget it. SFIV proved what you need is a mix of the old and new.
#9 Posted by Nintendo_Ownes7 (30917 posts) -

teh fact that it had support by Armature studios makes me think it may have actually been good, gameplay-wise. Although the whole megaman X reboot part of it may have been hard to swallow.

DJ-Lafleur

I thinkit might of been good because they worked on the Metroid Prime Trilogy at Retro Studios.

#10 Posted by Mrmedia01 (1917 posts) -

yeah lol, this game looks like a Halo CoverUp, blue Halo fighting Mechs, calling it Megaman.

 

Thanks Capcom for killing this. lol

#11 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -

[QUOTE="DJ-Lafleur"]

teh fact that it had support by Armature studios makes me think it may have actually been good, gameplay-wise. Although the whole megaman X reboot part of it may have been hard to swallow.

Nintendo_Ownes7

I thinkit might of been good because they worked on the Metroid Prime Trilogy at Retro Studios.

what little gameplay was shown looked pretty bad. sure, don't judge a game by early alpha videos, but there was nothing there that seemed to even have potential.
#12 Posted by LadyBlue (4064 posts) -

Made the right decision. Give me ZX3 or start a new series(in the mega universe).

#13 Posted by The_Power_of_X (550 posts) -

Made the right decision. Give me ZX3 or start a new series(in the mega universe).

Pete-B

Screw ZX3, give me Zero 5 and X9. 

#14 Posted by darkspineslayer (20653 posts) -
Yeah, we have too many FPS as is, Megaman dodged a bullet here. I still want him to come back to us though. :(
#15 Posted by LadyBlue (4064 posts) -

[QUOTE="Pete-B"]

Made the right decision. Give me ZX3 or start a new series(in the mega universe).

The_Power_of_X

Screw ZX3, give me Zero 5 and X9. 

Lol no. There needs to be a ZX3(love transforming).. but I wouldn't oppose Zero 5. Dunno about x9, though x8 was batter than x7. Oh well at least we have that ios game to look forward to.. >=(

#16 Posted by Renegade_Fury (17648 posts) -

Judging from the videos, it looks like Vanquish but with generic FPS gameplay combined with a few combos. It's probably a good thing that it was cancelled.

#17 Posted by guard12 (1657 posts) -

I just want a new Megaman game. Don't care from which universe either. (X,Zero,ZX, Battle Network, Legends)

#19 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26998 posts) -

I wouldint have mind this. Would have been a intersting look at the series. I also like how the suit looks.

#20 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (8140 posts) -

I wouldn't mind a Megaman FPS done right. There is nothing generic about a FPS with moving platforms floating above pits of spikes and having a gun that shoots funky stuff like tornadoes.

#21 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -

[QUOTE="Pete-B"]

Made the right decision. Give me ZX3 or start a new series(in the mega universe).

The_Power_of_X

Screw ZX3, give me Zero 5 and X9. 

megaman X died loooooong ago. it's better if it doesn't come back lol. as for Z5... it wouldn't work, plot-wise. it had a good run, and still remains the best part of the megaman series.
#22 Posted by Wanderer5 (25726 posts) -

Wow, well it does look cool.

#23 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26998 posts) -

Made the right decision. Give me ZX3 or start a new series(in the mega universe).

Pete-B

One thing I hated about zx was the outfit look much more like zero then megaman. Should have just been called z.

#24 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -

I wouldn't mind a Megaman FPS done right. There is nothing generic about a FPS with moving platforms floating above pits of spikes and having a gun that shoots funky stuff like tornadoes.

PurpleMan5000
except platforming sucks in first person. i'm surprised at the amount of people that not only don't think that megaman looks like ass on those pics, but think he looks cool.
#25 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -

[QUOTE="Pete-B"]

Made the right decision. Give me ZX3 or start a new series(in the mega universe).

finalfantasy94

One thing I hated about zx was the outfit look much more like zero then megaman. Should have just been called z.

dat plot explanation :P
#26 Posted by starwarsjunky (24759 posts) -
i liked this better when it was called metroid prime.
#27 Posted by hiphops_savior (8084 posts) -
For good reasons too. This could end up like Castlevania Lords of Shadow, a mediocre clone of its peers.
#28 Posted by LastRambo341 (8767 posts) -
It looks interesting : / shame it got cancelled
#29 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -
and because of all this megaman talk, now i have this looping in my head:
#30 Posted by LadyBlue (4064 posts) -

[QUOTE="The_Power_of_X"]

[QUOTE="Pete-B"]

Made the right decision. Give me ZX3 or start a new series(in the mega universe).

BrunoBRS

Screw ZX3, give me Zero 5 and X9. 

megaman X died loooooong ago. it's better if it doesn't come back lol. as for Z5... it wouldn't work, plot-wise. it had a good run, and still remains the best part of the megaman series.

Lol anything can make a return in the world of megaman. Dunno why any MM fan would be against two of the best mega series making a return. Maverick Hunter x series reboot would be insane.

#31 Posted by LadyBlue (4064 posts) -

and because of all this megaman talk, now i have this looping in my head: BrunoBRS
The X series had it beat in the OST department.

#32 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -

[QUOTE="BrunoBRS"][QUOTE="The_Power_of_X"]Screw ZX3, give me Zero 5 and X9. 

Pete-B

megaman X died loooooong ago. it's better if it doesn't come back lol. as for Z5... it wouldn't work, plot-wise. it had a good run, and still remains the best part of the megaman series.

Lol anything can make a return in the world of megaman. Dunno why any MM fan would be against two of the best mega series making a return. Maverick Hunter x series reboot would be insane.

believe me, i LOVE megaman zero. i just think they could move on, rather than cling to it, and they already did so. each new "sub franchise" in the main series brings its own style while being just familiar enough to be megaman. i liked the metroidvania approach of ZX, for example, something that can't be done in zero, and the reason i love zero so much is because it's much faster paced than X, with a more aggressive, dash-until-your-button-breaks playstyle.
#33 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -

[QUOTE="BrunoBRS"]and because of all this megaman talk, now i have this looping in my head: Pete-B

The X series had it beat in the OST department.

i like the MMZ version of that theme more. otherwise, i'm inclined to agree, though zero beats X on just about everything else.
#34 Posted by LastRambo341 (8767 posts) -
Megaman fanboys -.-
#35 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -
people with good taste -.-LastRambo341
fix'd.
#36 Posted by LadyBlue (4064 posts) -

Megaman fanboys -.-LastRambo341
Do us all a favor and go back to playing some generic fps. >=/

@bruno: X 1-4 are hard to beat, but ultimately I have to agree. Zero was too insanely good. Did you like the transformation in zx? I thought it was a great addition, and much better than the usual sub-weapon approach.

What did you think of the MMHX remake?

#37 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38219 posts) -

Thank fvck, that looks like it would have been terrible TBH

#38 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38219 posts) -

Megaman fanboys -.-LastRambo341

More like people who like the franchise and expect standards to be upheld

#39 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (8140 posts) -
[QUOTE="PurpleMan5000"]

I wouldn't mind a Megaman FPS done right. There is nothing generic about a FPS with moving platforms floating above pits of spikes and having a gun that shoots funky stuff like tornadoes.

BrunoBRS
except platforming sucks in first person. i'm surprised at the amount of people that not only don't think that megaman looks like ass on those pics, but think he looks cool.

It doesn't have to. Ever play Mirror's Edge?
#40 Posted by ReadingRainbow4 (16703 posts) -

looks like crap honestly, but it's a bit concerning how bad megaman has been snubbed by capcom at every turn.

aside from you know, streetfighter x megaman or whatever. Which wasn't even made by them.

#41 Posted by nameless12345 (15125 posts) -

I'd play that...

But surprised it was supposed to be a FPS rather than TPS/platformer.

#42 Posted by LastRambo341 (8767 posts) -

[QUOTE="LastRambo341"]Megaman fanboys -.-Pete-B

Do us all a favor and go back to playing some generic fps. >=/

@bruno: X 1-4 are hard to beat, but ultimately I have to agree. Zero was too insanely good. Did you like the transformation in zx? I thought it was a great addition, and much better than the usual sub-weapon approach.

What did you think of the MMHX remake?

I don't play FPSes much, dear
#43 Posted by LastRambo341 (8767 posts) -

[QUOTE="LastRambo341"]Megaman fanboys -.-seanmcloughlin

More like people who like the franchise and expect standards to be upheld

Or close-minded rockheads that do not want something new
#44 Posted by heretrix (37637 posts) -

Lol. Sounds like an April fools joke from back when people actually put effort into them.

#45 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -

[QUOTE="LastRambo341"]Megaman fanboys -.-Pete-B

Do us all a favor and go back to playing some generic fps. >=/

@bruno: X 1-4 are hard to beat, but ultimately I have to agree. Zero was too insanely good. Did you like the transformation in zx? I thought it was a great addition, and much better than the usual sub-weapon approach.

What did you think of the MMHX remake?

X-X4 are the only good ones, which is why i think we should just pretend megaman X died on the PS1 :P i liked them in ZX, not so much in advent. the humanoid forms are the only ones that were really useful, rather than gimmicky. i like how it's a new take on a megaman trope, but advent could've handled it better. and i like the sub weapons in zero, or at least whatever they do to the rod in each new game. and i never played maverick hunter X because i don't have a PSP.
#46 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -
[QUOTE="BrunoBRS"][QUOTE="PurpleMan5000"]

I wouldn't mind a Megaman FPS done right. There is nothing generic about a FPS with moving platforms floating above pits of spikes and having a gun that shoots funky stuff like tornadoes.

PurpleMan5000
except platforming sucks in first person. i'm surprised at the amount of people that not only don't think that megaman looks like ass on those pics, but think he looks cool.

It doesn't have to. Ever play Mirror's Edge?

yes, and mirror's edge sucked. first person spatial awareness only works in real life, where you can actually feel your body and know where each limb is. there's a reason platforming is avoided in first person.
#47 Posted by BrunoBRS (73371 posts) -
[QUOTE="seanmcloughlin"]

[QUOTE="LastRambo341"]Megaman fanboys -.-LastRambo341

More like people who like the franchise and expect standards to be upheld

Or close-minded rockheads that do not want something new

oh believe me, we want something new. megaman legends is a 3rd person shooter/metroidvania, and everyone loves it. megaman battle network is a card game/RPG, and it's well received. even the main series gets very different each time they move to a new sub-series (megaman, megaman X, megaman zero, megaman ZX), and all are praised. so no, it's not a problem with megaman doing something different, it's megaman starring a bad game. it even had the mandatory crappy "fall down sequence" that just about every AAA game has to have nowadays.
#48 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (8140 posts) -
[QUOTE="BrunoBRS"][QUOTE="PurpleMan5000"][QUOTE="BrunoBRS"] except platforming sucks in first person. i'm surprised at the amount of people that not only don't think that megaman looks like ass on those pics, but think he looks cool.

It doesn't have to. Ever play Mirror's Edge?

yes, and mirror's edge sucked. first person spatial awareness only works in real life, where you can actually feel your body and know where each limb is. there's a reason platforming is avoided in first person.

Well, I disagree. I thought it was amazing. I also enjoyed the platforming elements of Metroid Prime.
#49 Posted by Heil68 (48427 posts) -
never heard of it, so no major loss to me.
#50 Posted by nameless12345 (15125 posts) -

[QUOTE="LastRambo341"][QUOTE="seanmcloughlin"]

More like people who like the franchise and expect standards to be upheld

BrunoBRS

Or close-minded rockheads that do not want something new

oh believe me, we want something new. megaman legends is a 3rd person shooter/metroidvania, and everyone loves it.

 

I played MM64 which was based on MML and I hated it...