Capcom just announced a brand new mainline Mega Man game slated for late 2018, coming to all major consoles and PC. Mega Man 11 is a traditional 2D side-scroller and the first major title for the series in seven years.
The publisher saved the news for a live stream this week to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic character, where it was also revealed that both Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 are making their way to the Nintendo Switch, and the entire Mega Man X series is coming to the Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.
“Today during the Mega Man 30th Anniversary Livestream in partnership with Twitch, Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, revealed Mega Man 11, the next evolution in the long-running 32 million unit-selling action platformer series. Led by a talented, veteran development team at Capcom, the new game features tight side-scrolling action gameplay the series is known for while completely revolutionizing the experience for modern consoles. Mega Man 11 will be a great entry for both fans and newcomers to the series to dive into as it retains its signature challenge while offering a variety of difficulty options. The game is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Windows PC in late 2018.”
“The classic series takes a leap forward in visual presentation in Mega Man 11 with a 2.5D design direction introducing beautiful, completely hand-drawn characters and environments. A freshly redesigned Mega Man takes on Dr. Wily’s berserk machines, defeating Robot Master bosses and taking their weapons, in an ever-evolving fight for justice with new and unique enemy designs. This is just a small taste of information of what’s to come in Mega Man 11 alongside the start of the series’ 30th anniversary year, and fans can look forward to more details on the game in Summer 2018.”
All of this news follows the foreshadowing of Mega Man 11 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya, who at TGS this year said: “I want to say that Capcom has not forgotten about [Mega Man]. This (30th-anniversary logo) here is being put to good use. [Mega Man]’s 30th anniversary is coming in December – December, please remember that date.”
The return of Mega Man has been a long time coming for fans of the long-running series. After the lackluster release of Mighty No. 9 – the Kickstarter-backed failure from the series’s own designer Naoya Tomita, a full-fledged game starring the Blue Bomber will hopefully live up to its legacy.