Fans of classic video games can rejoice, as Mega Man is making its return. The Blue Bomber was one of the most important characters of the 8-bit gaming era, with the early Mega Man games cementing themselves as must-have games for any discerning NES owner's library. With its fiendish boss battles and precision platforming, the franchise became a strong foothold for Capcom on home consoles.
Over the years, the power of Mega Man seemed to slip away, with the highs of the NES and SNES eras dwindling as spin-offs such as Mega Man X and Mega Man Battle Network took priority. After a brief resurrection of the original games with the release of Mega Man 9 and 10 in 2008 and 2010, it looked as though the core series was once again dormant, in spite of its place on many a gamer's wishlist. Thankfully, the wait is nearly over, as Mega Man 11 has now been announced.
Mega Man 11 was revealed by Capcom as part of its Mega Man 30th anniversary celebration. Taking on a 2.5D design direction, the game is going to be released for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and is currently scheduled to launch late in 2018. Alongside the announcement Capcom also shared a debut trailer for the game, which can be seen below.
Capcom has stated that Mega Man 11 is being handled by a veteran development team over at the company, which will no doubt be something of a relief for players. After all, the Mega Man franchise is one with a long and impressive history, and although recent mobile ports of the original games have not gone over well, there's still hope after the solid Mega Man Legacy collections that there's love for the character at Capcom yet. If Mega Man 11 is able to pull off more of that tight platform action, then players are sure to be happy - and even better if the developers are able to hide some more great Mega Man secrets in the game.
The move to release another Mega Man game certainly makes a lot of sense from Capcom's perspective. After all, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the first Mega Man, and how better to commemorate the anniversary than with another game? Gamers have also shown that the appetite for classic games is still high, with Sonic Mania proving to be a well-calculated gamble for Sega.
Of course, there are also bound to be doubts about the game, particularly after the unfulfilled promises of Mega Man spiritual successor Mighty No. 9. However, if Capcom shows the same care and attention that Sega showed with Sonic Mania, there's no reason that Mega Man 11 couldn't be a standout success.