There’s a new interview about Inafune leaving. After reading it I tend to think I was wrong supposing that he was fired for his comments and just keeping it quiet out of respect. It’s odd, according to the interview the upper management didn’t really care if he left (because the brand will survive without him), but he appeared at so many events and now online commercials …. well, maybe that’s what finally pushed him to leave.
I can’t help but find myself hoping he was wrong. In the interview he says that the big test will see if projects like Legends 3 succeed or fail. That if it does well he was wrong and Capcom was right – that the Inafune brand doesn’t really matter. But that it does poorly he was right and Capcom was wrong. As a Megaman fan, I find myself in the awkward position of hoping Capcom was right in his line of thinking. It’s awkward since I want to root for him, but as a Megaman fan I also want the franchise to succeed even without him. Only time will tell, I suppose.
Somehow I couldn’t help but think over the years that the Megaman series has turned into nothing more than a cashcow for capcom. For me, this became quite apparent with Megaman X5, and especially X6, as well as X7. Things seemed rushed–ie. long time fans suddenly found themselves listening to music and watching still frames rather than anime on a game system that could hold more than its own. It was things like this that always made me wonder what was going on behind the scenes, and whether or not the company really cared about its own franchise. Just listening to some of the things Inafune has stated gives us some real insight, ie– Why can’t there be a movie? Why was there an X6? We needed more time on…. etc, etc. I love the blue bomber just as much as anyone else, and the formula works, don’t get me wrong here, but there’s also that “Disney” magic that companies like Nintendo and Square Enix put into their titles that make them great, time after time. I feel like Capcom is getting the formula right, but not the heart part of it, to the point that Inafune cannot continue any longer.
Hi there, I seem to be incuring problems accessing your site. Near half of the web page seems to load properly, plus the remaining is actually bare. I’m not exactly certain why, and you may perhaps wish to have a look. I shall come back later on, it may be simply a momentary equipment blunder.
Looks fine for me on different computers. But sometimes the bottom half of the site takes a while to load for some if the site is slow for whatever reason. And the Megaman Mysteries is particularily bad for loading, since it has a LOT of hidden images and movies.