Despite the somewhat expected dump of Mega Man Legends 3, the series’ co-creator Keiji Inafune can’t help but feel bad. Even though Inafune had not been involved with Legends 3 (he produced Legends 2), he took a moment to extend his apologies on his personal blog.
Tactfully avoiding the direct naming of the game, he wrote this morning:
“The decision for the cancelation was out of my sphere, but as someone who took part in the development, I’d like to convey something to the staff: I’m sorry that I couldn’t be of assistance. [To the fans of the series,] I’m truly sorry I couldn’t take part through the end.”
Since departing from Capcom in 2010, a move that coincided with the first announcement of Legends 3, Inafune has gone on to work on such game series as Onimusha and Resident Evil. Even though he has distanced himself from the character he helped create, the genuine apology is a considerate and kind move that shows his continued interest in protecting his creations. Inafune also referenced keeping up with developments in the Mega Man franchise as one of the fans, and expressed an interest in the also cancelled Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version for the 3DS.
No new games have been announced or planned for Rockman, an unsurprising move given the rash of cancellations that has broken out. Mega Man will also not be appearing next to Capcom characters in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom, hinting that developers have all but given up on the popular character.