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Capcom Hints At Mega Man’s Return To Core Gaming

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Capcom is kicking off their celebration of the 25th anniversary of Mega Man (which will run through 2013) with the release of Rockman Xover, an iOS game that will homage to the series that has come before. It’s a perfectly valid path for the publisher to take, given the rise of mobile gaming, but a lot of fans are still resentful that the property has otherwise been left to languish for the better part of three years, which has also included the cancellation of the much anticipated Mega Man Legends 3. Those fans may be at least somewhat assured by the words of Capcom’s Senior Vice President, Christian Svensson. Speaking to Nintendo Power magazine (cited by fansite Rockman Corner) he hinted at the return of the character to the core market:

I can say with certainty that you’ve not seen the last of the Blue Bomber on consoles and handhelds, and, with luck, we’ll be celebrating his 50th anniversary, including all of the games you’re going to enjoy over the next 25 years. That said, an issue we’ve had in the past has been talking about games and announcing them before we’re certain they’re going to come out, which unfortunately has lead to profound disappointment for many fans. So for now, I’m going to have to stay mum about any details.

It clearly implies that at least one product is already in the works, so don’t be surprised if an announcement is made next year as part of the celebrations. We’ll keep you updated on the status of the future of Mega Man as time goes on, so stay tuned to OnlySP.

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Supergiant Creative Director on Hades: “We’re Treating Early Access Almost Like a Serial TV Series”

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Athene in Hades

Hades was Supergiant Games‘ first experience with Early Access, which has been a massive success and has helped shape the game for nearly a year.

In an interview with OnlySP, Greg Kasavin, creative director at Supergiant, stated that Hades was designed around the entire concept of an Early Access release so that “it could be modular—starting small, and getting bigger over time.”

Not only is Hades the first game in Supergiant’s collection that has gone through an Early Access phase, but, according to Kasavin, it is potentially the only one that could have benefited from it.

“I don’t think Early Access would have worked at all for our previous games. Take Transistor, for example. It’s a game most players finish in less than eight hours. It took us three years, getting the design and narrative and look to be just right. The game was not worth playing before it was done. If everyone basically knew what happened in the story all throughout development, and had experienced low-quality versions of key story moments dozens of times, its launch would have fallen completely flat,” Kasavin said.

When asked why anyone should consider purchasing Hades before its official release, Kasavin compared Hades to a TV series. “You can wait until it’s complete, see what critics and everyone are saying, and then binge on the whole thing if you hear good things. But, there’s a real pleasure in experiencing it as it unfolds.”

“Since we’re weaving narrative through the entire experience, we’re treating Early Access almost like a serial TV series.”

Hades‘ ‘Big Bad Update’ shipped on August 6, adding the Temple of Styx, the game’s fourth major biome, as well as its final battle. Hades is not done, though, as Kasavin suggests Supergiant is “now in a really good position to look at the game more holistically and continue making big improvements across the board.”

OnlySP’s full interview discussing Hades with Greg Kasavin will be published in the coming days, so keep an eye out!

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