Mega Man 11 is retro action for a modern era
Capcom is Celebrating this big anniversary in style
Capcom is about to give Mega Man its most significant overhaul in 30 years. 2018 will see the iconic character given a new lease on life, with the studio dropping the 8-bit aesthetic that has served it so well over the years in favour of something a little more, well, modern.
Modern, but not necessarily new; Mega Man 11 will be adopting a 2.5D style. That is to say that it will be implementing 3D sprites across 2D environments. It’s a move that has earned the new title quite a few comparisons to Mighty No. 9 – Comcept’s ill-fated attempt to modernise Mega Man back in 2016. Mega Man 11 is already displaying far more promise; the new hand drawn art style displaying richer textures and more depth and detail in its environments than Mighty No. 9 could ever muster, while the gameplay looks as torturous as ever. This will be the first new Mega Man game to launch since 2010’s Mega Man 10. If you aren’t familiar with that particular modern revival, 10 (and its predecessor) were praised for their ability to capture the essence of the retro releases. The games were challenging, intricately designed and traditional in their approach to 2D action and platforming. What we’re saying is, Capcom knows what it’s doing when it comes to Mega Man. What we’ve seen of
11 in action thus far shows a lot of promise, a game built on the foundation of tightly timed jumps, crazy tough (and crazy looking) boss battles, and suits of armour that imbue the popular hero with an array of new abilities and powers.
Mega Man 11 isn’t the only way that Capcom is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the original NES release. Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be making their way to Nintendo Switch in 2018 (following their successful launch on PS4 and Xbox One) while all eight games in the spin-off Mega Man X series will also be making their way to all four of the major platforms in the 12 months ahead.
What we’re saying is that it’s a great time to be a fan of Mega Man. The new instalment looks fantastic; a small adjustment to the new art style is necessary, but it’s how the game plays that really matters to us. As we said before, Mega Man 11 is already showing much more promise through its early reveal than Mighty No. 9 could ever muster and we’re really excited to see just how Capcom plans on bringing this legacy series into the modern world.
Above: Mega Man 11 is the first game to release in the mainline series since 2010’s Mega Man 10, and Capcom has promised that it’ll be faithful to the legacy.
below: the most obvious change in Mega Man 11 is that of the art-style, with Capcom dropping the 8-bit art in favour of a handdrawn 2.5D style.