Whilst it may have been a bit of a slow news week, there was something interesting we missed among last week’s rather rapid flow of news. Within the recently released Mega Man Legacy Collection 2’s Concept Art Gallery, a piece of concept art from Mega Man 8 has been shown off for the first time (pictured below). We call it strange because not only has this piece of art never been shown before, it shows a physical change in Mega Man as he appears to have a boss’s ability equipped, which the classic games never do, instead showing a cosmetic change.
Perhaps this artwork is a sloppy tease for a new Mega Man game? or mistakenly put in by a Capcom employee (who’s most likely been fired by now). There’s more evidence that points to this being more than a guess though. This piece of concept art was drawn by a man named Yuji Ishihara, a character designer and illustrator who works at Capcom, however, he was never involved in ANY of the classic series Mega Man games, instead working on the Battle Network, Star Force, and Legends series’s. This means this concept art couldn’t have been from Mega Man 8.
To continue this trend, this artwork manages to distance itself from every other piece of Mega Man 8 concept art by having been drawn digitally, as opposed to have been drawn through traditional methods. This suggests the art was drawn much more recently with digital drawing seeing a significant rise in use when compared to the late 90’s. The design used for Mega Man is also very similar to his Super Smash Bros. 4 design, with segmented feet and a more profile torso.
If anything contradicts the evidence we’ve found so far, it’s a statement from Akira Kitamura, the director of the original Mega Man and series creator, which states: “In the beginning, I imagined a character like Mega Man equipped with some kind of weapon, but when you transformed, your whole appearance would change. You know that little protrusion on the top-front of Mega Man’s helmet? When you changed weapons it was supposed to change like the Ninja Captor character’s helmets, and show a little symbol depending on the weapon’s element (fire, water, lightning, etc).”
This could suggest that this is from a very long time ago but seeing all the evidence and just how clean the art looks, we can’t help but wonder: Is this for a new Mega Man game? What do you think? Is it for an upcoming Mega Man 11? Or another cancelled Mega Man game that we never knew about? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Some guy from the UK with a big interest in video games, mostly Japanese ones. Just starting up as a writer so go easy on me, it might be terrible.