Capcom recently released the Mega Man X Legacy Collection, giving fans the ability to experience the entire X franchise on modern platforms. This move came after Capcom already gave the same treatment to the original Mega Man games back in 2015. Since then, Capcom has revealed that strong support of the Mega Man Legacy Collection led to Mega Man 11 being developed. Could we see a similar revival for Mega Man X?
This question has been a hot topic among fans since the Mega Man X Legacy Collection soundtrack included the cryptic message “The story of X’s fight is not yet over.” However, it doesn’t appear this was intended as confirmation that a new X game is in development. That said, there’s still hope. Speaking with the press in Taiwan, producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya had this to say:
Media: Before the revelation of Rockman 11, Rockman Classics Collection came out and was thought to be a touchstone. As of now, Rockman X also has a Rockman X Anniversary Collection. If both Rockman 11 and Rockman X Anniversary Collection succeed, will we have a chance to see a Rockman X9 or a new Rockman X release?
Tsuchiya: Right now we need to complete the development of Rockman 11 and gather feedback after it has been successfully released. Regarding the massive spread of rumors that Rockman X9 is in development, there is no such thing.
Media: So can we comprehend that there are no plans for Rockman X9’s development?
Tsuchiya: I understand everyone is looking forward to the birth of an X9, but right now there is no way to verify. Of course, we can’t say we have been doing nothing; we are actively and carefully monitoring the reactions from our gamers.
Actually, Rockman 11’s birth is the result of the volume of voices from our gamers. The collection that came before it got very good results and feedback. This is a very convincing point, and helps back us up in striving for the approval of a new game development project.
Capcom is not actively developing Mega Man X9, but they are paying attention to fans. If the X Legacy Collection and Mega Man 11 perform well, Capcom may be convinced to return to X once more.