The Blue Bomber is finally making a return to consoles and PC this summer as Capcom and Digital Eclipse announce Mega Man Legacy Collection, including six old school Mega Man games given the HD treatment, along with a few extra upgrades sure to please fans of the series.
Digital Eclipse has been out of commission for a while but, partnering with publisher Capcom, the team is hard at work putting the finishing touches on a new collection meant to recapture some classic gaming. Mega Man Legacy Collection is due out this summer on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS and PC. The compilation will include the first six Mega Man games from the NES era.
Along with some enhanced graphics, this collection will also boast a brand new challenge mode, leaderboards, replays and an archive of concept art and sketches from the original development archives. Not a bad collection, especially since it will only set you back $14.99.
According to the announcement from Digital Eclipse, the first six Mega Man games have been restored from “their original source elements,” and the public will get its first crack at the final result during next week’s E3 event in Los Angeles.
“Movies have the Criterion Collection, but there hasn’t been anything like that for games,” said Frank Cifaldi, Head of Restoration for Digital Eclipse. “We’re living in the golden age of a brand new form of artistic expression, and we’re not doing a very good job of making sure our games will be available five years from now, let alone fifty. The more we can do right now to take video game preservation seriously, the safer our history will be.”
I can’t say I disagree with Cifaldi on that count. You can get the vast majority of movies in a digital format on just about any device nowadays but, unless a remastered edition of an older game pops up, or the rare classics collection, you’re limited to tracking down antiquated hardware and software in order to play a large number of older games. I hate the thought that, one day, a large number of games will simply be lost to time.
So, whether you’re new to the Mega Man series or interested in discovering it for a second (or third, or fourth) time, keep your eyes peeled for the Mega Man Legacy Collection in the coming months.
This is actually pretty great timing for fans of this particular breed of gameplay, as side-scrolling action fans also have the highly-anticipated spiritual successor to the Mega Man series to look forward to with Mighty No. 9 set to launch this September.