The Story Behind The Mega Man Legends 3 Not Being Greenlit Story

By Spencer . March 10, 2011 . 2:06pm


If you’ve been following the Mega Man Legends 3 news, Director Masakazu Eguchi recently said the game has not been greenlit for production by Capcom. In other words, there is a chance it could be canceled.


When I met with Seth Killian I asked him, being Capcom’s community manger, what was it like working on the Mega Man Legends 3 project.


"It’s been really cool, but it’s been kind of scary in a lot of ways also. Just recently we had a post where the team talked about how the game hasn’t been greenlit," Killian said during a Siliconera interview.


"They were saying like ‘well, we got an extension, so we’re going to keep working on the game.’ Does this mean it’s actually going to be made? Not 100% and that’s true. It’s kind of weird because we were talking about it internally and maybe we shouldn’t say that. It’s sort of a weird message or maybe it will upset some people. And it did actually upset some people."


It’s interesting that Capcom was debating if they should let Eguchi-san discuss submitting the game for approval. In the end, Eguchi mentioned it because he wants to candidly share the game development process with fans.


"But, the team really does has this idea that they want to share things with people for real. And they did. There is a chance that we won’t see the game for real, but we are all crossing our fingers. That’s the real story of game development, they get canceled all the time."


While still unconfirmed, Mega Man Legends 3 will be playable at Capcom’s 3DS premium event in Akihabara along with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Super Street Fighter IV 3D. We’ll have impressions of those tomorrow and more from Killian where we discuss "fringe" characters from Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

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  • urbanscholar

    Allow me to be the first to reply with a whaaaaaaaaaatt?!

  • Wow Inafune leaves and this is what happens…. ugh Capcom -_-

    • Exkaiser

      Why on Earth are you blaming this on Inafune leaving? The game hadn’t yet been greenlit when Inafune was still around, and in its current state there isn’t enough to say that it can be greenlit yet.

      The Legends 3 staff just has to throw their weight into it, which they’re doing, to show that the game is something that Capcom should give the green light. The fact of the matter is that this happens for every game ever.

      • and kick a few cans for like 20 hours.

  • Oh wow, I didn’t know it could still be cancelled. I was a bit worried when Keiji Inafune left the project, but I didn’t realize it was this bad. I’ll start checking out their blog ( more, lord knows they need all the visible interest they can get if capcom still hasn’t decided to fully fund this amazing franchise.

  • Zero_Destiny

    Wow That’s like dropping a bombshell. It made me really nervous for a bit. But I think we shouldn’t worry too much. It sounds like the game should come along nicely. I don’t think the new hardware should be too much of a problem with Capcom and the amount of publicity this game has gotten definitely makes me feel that Capcom is kind of forced to make it happen now. Especially since fans have been asking for this game for years. Plus after Inafune left I’m sure they don’t want to look bad and be canceling games right and left. I think we should be safe. May be too early to say anything but I feel that we should be fine. :)

    • Joanna

      I have to agree. Capcom would be out of their minds to permanently can this project seeing how they got so much fan involvement. I’m thinking this was more of a pitch by the development team for the game’s plot and the like and basically the business heads pointed out fix this, this and this before we can give you a greenlight. So it’s not like the whole project is in danger. The fact that they are still working on it means Capcom wants to make the game, but they don’t like the current “vision” of the team. Or at least that’s the interpretation I’m getting from these few snippets of info.

      edit: or the other possibility is this is all a publicity stunt like Feynman points out. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case.

  • Kris

    I need a moment.
    I mean, I always thought it was in a tenuous position, but hearing that stated so bluntly is a bit scary.
    That said, I appreciate how transparent they’re being about the game’s development.

    • I’m also surprised that they’re still finding the confidence to keep going. If I was putting my heart and soul into a project, and knew that it could be cancelled – I might just quit straight up. It’s real shaky ground.

      But the fact that they’re staying on this job, and they’re work working with their fans… It’s so touching that it’s almost cheesy. (ALMOST, being keyword.)

      They need to make an anime about this.

      • Kris

        I mean, it’s good that they’re approaching the game with passion, and there are no guarantees in life, but imagine if the game got canned halfway through development while Mega Man fans were reading about it. That would be crazy!

      • Exkaiser

        Remember that this is a state that all games go through. It’s not something unique to Legends 3.

        Working on a project even though it might get canceled at any time is their job.

  • cmurph666

    I call bluff.

    • yeah, I call shenanigans D:

    • Feynman

      Remember a month or two ago, when the first blog post to mention the greenlighting process was linked to on Siliconera and I mentioned that the whole thing sounded like a lead-in to a big publicity stunt? Everybody claimed I was nuts!

      But here’s the stunt I was expecting! Capcom is hoping to excite gullible people into running around the internet screaming about how they don’t want Mega Man Legends 3 to be canceled, thus generating free publicity.

      This is GoG all over again.

  • Guest

    How do all of you complaining about an HD PS3 version feel now? This game is being made for the fans and now that its here some of you can’t get over it being on 3DS, where its development is much cheaper and safer. Capcom knows this is niche but it’s allowing it to happen because of the fans. An HD version could lead to tons of lost money, potential layoffs and the complete death of the Legends franchise.

    Sorry about the rant but honestly when something like this is given to you stop complaining. You should support it and be thankful its even happening.

    • its the only game for the 3ds i would want(and kirby, kid ikurus?)

      and i already have the ngp pre-ordered(300 bucks so far) it would be sweet to see it hit both consoles, then id save 250 on a console that would be a paper wait 40 % of the time.

      • Guest

        It’s Icarus not “ikurus’
        Can I point out how stupid it is to say that its the only title you’re looking forward too and then add two more titles? It’s much too early to start bashing either NGP or 3DS so…yea. Your fanboyism is showing.

        Disqus really needs to add an ignore function. I can’t take anything you say serious anymore so I don’t wanna see your comments anymore nor do I want you to reply to this or any of my other comments. Alas it’s the internet and you can do whatever you want.

        • i don’t favor any console. the only reason i have a pre-order on the ngp is because i just got my tax money back and seen the showing for it.(this was some time ago) i figured, why not? so i pre-ordered it. my funds ran short so i didn’t get to the 3ds.

          and when they say that mml3 will be hitting my shoreline, then ill probably buy it then to. the games i mentioned after that where just game i would/might get just because they look fun. though i have very little urge to buy them. im still waiting to see some epic games rise up(square enix will probably make a few good titles for it, and possibly sega.)

          everyone is a fanboy of something. im not really a fanboy of any console, im more of a company fanboy, mainly NIS. there are few games they make that i dont like. and there are a few other companies that im a ‘fanboy’ for as well.

          Now, all i was trying to say is that mml3 being on the 3ds wasn’t a bad thing i it didn’t bug me. and i mentioned that it would be nice to see it hit the ngp as well.

          i have no idea why you where in raged at 3 1/4 lines worth of text, but i guess im sorry. this place isn’t gamefaqs, we should be here to have fun and talk about games we like, not rage over our differences lol.

          • MPHavoc

            For real, guy should’ve paid more attention to what you actually said before jumping to the conclusion that you hate 3DS and accuse you of being a console fanboy. Like you, consoles are simply a means to an end to me; if its library attracts me, I’ll buy them, regardless of the system it’s on. If not.*shrugs*

            As for the main topic, It’s an obvious farce to generate more publicity.

          • Joanna

            Well I’d say it’s still much too soon to tell which handheld will have a better library. Most early adopters jump on because of one game, the console maker’s games (You know a nintendo machine is going to have Pokemon, Zelda, ect and Sony is going to have Uncharted, God of War, etc.), or games that are confirmed to be made (like MML3). So arguing that you prefer NGP from a library stand point is kind of silly (and if I may point out, we know even less about the NGP’s library than we do about the 3DS’s library at the moment).

            Honestly, Zonron gave no argument for his or her preference (they just said, why not), but Love was out of line because no one complained about MML3 being a 3DS title.

        • Are you ever NOT riding the rage train?

          Can you not jump down everyone’s throat over semantics just ONCE?

    • Nope. If it’s not on a system I own, I don’t care about it. If it got canceled, it would be sad for the people who wanted a 3DS, but it wouldn’t change anything for me. I’m not upset about it like I was Valkyria Chronicles being deprived of a proper sequel, but it still isn’t what I would have wanted.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    Capcom knows there’s hype for this. Their reputation would drastically toilet if the game was canceled, ESPECIALLY after all of the OTHER Mega Man sequels they’ve given us.

  • no WAY they could cancel it. why? because i said so :P

  • Sure, Capcom. After soliciting all this fan input on a long-anticipated sequel you’re going to shelve it. Right. Of course.

    (Or maybe Capcom really is squeamish about Mega Man sequels that require actual effort to make.)

  • john411

    How exactly does a game that’s already made it to the playable state suddenly be in danger of being canceled?

  • Tokyo Guy

    Wait a second, you’re telling me that this game, which has already seen significant programming and development progression, and even voice recording, isn’t even approved by Capcom yet? How is this team financing their project?

    In other news, everyone here is still in a daze of sorts from the earthquake.

    • In other news, everyone here is still in a daze of sorts from the earthquake.

      Glad you’re unscathed over there.

  • W…T….F! I guess Capcom believes that they won’t be able to dry the fans pockets with crummy DLC like Costumes and clone characters so they won’t bother to give it the go ahead.

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