So... is this a real game in development or what? Capcom needs to stop with their confusing comments and let us know for sure. I guess this release is proof that it is for real... or it is Capcom's way of deciding whether to move forward with the full product based on sales IE ANOTHER DANG CAPCOM TEST FOR NINTENDO FANS.
Well the thing is, Capcom keeps talking like the game isn't even officially green lighted for development yet, and they're doing this and that, and then it was put on hold, and now it is maybe back but still not official, and...
So basically this move screams "test" to me. Release a piece of an unfinished project to gauge interest in order to determine whether to move forward. Bah.
Eh... there were other comments surrounding the game though that made it sound like it's not officially green lit for full production. And my first response to this news today was AWESOME, IT'S REAL! but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is probably just another Capcom test. It makes sense in respect to the whole pseudo-development this game has apparently been getting.
Being charged for a piece of a game that you will probably be charged for again in the future (or they will pull that piece out of the full version to trick you into thinking you didn't already pay for a piece of a game and are now paying full price for the final version of the same game.)
Or... not enough people buy this piece (because, you know, it is a piece) and the game gets canned.
I don't like it sir. Not one bit. If I'm right and this is a test, I think it will be the death of Legends 3.
I don't know if a charge has been confirmed, but they are calling it "Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype" which makes me think it's not a free demo, it's being set up as its own product. As for Dead Rising, I don't think it went through this vague we may or may not actually be developing a game thing.
Plus it wasn't on a Nintendo platform so... no tests required.
Everything about the press release makes me think it is for pay. For one, the fact that it got this huge press release. The fact nowhere was it called a demo. The fact that it has a unique name. The fact that it will have "core missions". The fact that you can unlock things in it. The fact that it is being called a "launch title" for the eShop.
I'm thinking you'll have to pay for it. This IS Capcom, after all.
I'll probably pay for it. This IS Mega Man, after all.
From the director's blog post:
"As it happens, it was decided that the prototype version of the game we had submitted within the company would be sold as a downloadable—“Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version”. Furthermore, the heat and excitement surrounding this downloadable title would determine whether or not the full game could be greenlit.
Looks like it'll cost money. And the reception may determine whether or not the full game gets greenlit.