Let’s talk about a situation that shook up the world of gaming not too long ago – the sudden stoppage of Mega Man Legends 3. This game, under the guidance of Capcom, a big name in the gaming industry, was abruptly cancelled, leaving fans in shock and disappointment. This move by Capcom wasn’t well-received, and it led to some pretty unhappy fans.
Everyone who’s into gaming knows Keiji Inafune, the man behind Mega Man. But, did you know that he left Capcom about a year before the plug was pulled on Mega Man Legends 3? It turns out, he wasn’t too happy with how things were going in Capcom, feeling that the company was stifling his creative ideas.
When Inafune left Capcom, he had a plan. He wanted to be his own boss, free to make games without the tight control he felt at Capcom. He was all set to start his own company. But he also thought about the projects he left unfinished at Capcom, and Mega Man Legends 3 was one that he still cared about a lot.
Inafune wanted to see Mega Man Legends 3 come to life so much that he even offered to return to Capcom to finish the game. He was ready to put his plans for his own company on hold for it. But Capcom said no. The reasons behind this decision aren’t clear. What’s clear is that Inafune was willing to go the extra mile to complete the game, but Capcom didn’t seem to share his enthusiasm. Interview with 4gamer.net from former Capcom head Keiji Inafune:
“So, I told them that I was going to found my own independent company and leave Capcom. However, I stated that I was ready to make a contract with them so that I could keep working on those projects that I started. I couldn’t start making contracts with other publishers for sure if Capcom agreed to the proposition, but I wanted to see those projects that I started to completion. But it couldn’t be done. They answered, ‘We have no need to do that.”
“[I went to the trouble of]…Finding the right time, gathering the team members, planning strategies, all so we could barely start on Mega Man Legends 3. I really don’t want to quit at this crucial moment…but I can’t keep going at Capcom. I am too tired to keep going. I wanted to leave Capcom to recharge my energy, and support Capcom from there, but it seems they don’t allow it. I want to make all my effort to keep Legends 3 alive, but I’m really not sure I can do it.”
After all this happened, some fans started speculating. They think Capcom might be intentionally trying to ruin the Mega Man franchise. The reason? Some say it’s because of some unresolved issues between Capcom and Inafune, the brains behind the franchise. This is just a theory, but it adds an interesting angle to the whole story.