It has been a long 7-year wait since anything genuinely new came from one of the most beloved video game franchises in history. After the release of Mega Man 10 on March 1, 2010 Capcom has only been able to release collection packages of past Mega Man games. However, during a stream in the beginning of December that honored Mega Man’s 30th Anniversary Capcom boldly revealed that a new installment to the Mega Man franchise is coming to modern consoles in Winter 2018.
Game Informer, one of the most recognizable game reviewing outlets, got their hands on Mega Man 11 to see how the new game played, and they gathered considerable information. For starters the art style of this game is delivering more of a modern anime-inspired look, whereas Mega Man 9 and 10 paid tribute to the original 8-bit art style. The selection process of which Robot Master players want to go after hasn’t changed from the 8-bit days as all 8 bosses will be available right from the start.
Mega Man’s controls are as precise and tight as they were in the early games of the franchise. Mega Man can still charge up his shots and slide to avoid enemy attacks. One thing Mega Man games are well known for is the challenge in platforming. In Mega Man 11 players can expect to experience the same kinds of challenges when reaching one platform from another just as they did when playing the original NES games.
Speaking of challenges, Capcom has acknowledged that not everyone is great at playing Mega Man games, so in Mega Man 11 different sets of difficulty modes will be available. There is the Normal difficulty mode, but there is also Superhero mode where Mega Man fans can really test themselves. Players who find Mega Man’s style of platforming daunting don’t need to worry as modes like Casual and Newcomer will be available for them.
While playing a level in Mega Man 11 players will notice slight shift in perspective as they will now have both a slightly higher and zoomed out view of the action. This will help players in preparing for what’s ahead in a level.
In the early NES games it was traditional for Mega Man to change colors every time a new robot master weapon. However, Capcom has envisioned a concept where Mega Man’s helmet will change shape to resemble more like the chosen robot master when different weapons are equipped in Mega Man 11.
Switching between 8 different robot master abilities will no longer have to be cycled through on shoulder buttons nor activated on the pause menu. Mega Man 11 allows players to quickly hot swap between weapons with just a flick of the right analog stick. This also enables the possibility of players to string together varying robot master attacks.
In an exclusive interview with Game Informer producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya and game director Koji Oda described the development process of Mega Man 11 and how some aspects were challenging to address. Their approach to developing the game was to make it challenging but not too complicated while bringing back elements from past Mega Man games that worked. Tsuchiya and Oda confirmed that they had a nice pool of talent to choose from in developers, both young and old, being either avid Mega Man fans or experienced developers who have never worked on a Mega Man game before.
Mega Man 11 marks the return of an icon in the gaming industry who stands alongside Mario, Link, Kirby, Sonic and others as an influential character for gamers who want to test their skills.