For the longest time, one of the most common sentiments you’d hear in gaming circles was ‘where’s Mega Man?’ or ‘why has Capcom forsaken Mega Man?’ or maybe even ‘boycott Capcom until they give us more Mega Man.’. It’s certainly true the iconic blue android was absent for a long time. Yes, Mega Man 9 & 10 made in the old NES style helped fill the void, but it’s clear Capcom’s priorities laid elsewhere. When Mega Man Legends 3 was canceled, many thought that would be the death knell. Thankfully, the last few years have seen a small but noticeable uptake of The Blue Bomber in the form of his inclusion in Smash Brothers, a Mega Man 11 featuring modern 2.5 graphics, and a handful of the legacy collection spanning the original and X series. Speaking of X, we’re set to see his sub-franchise return in the mobile game Mega Man X DiVE which is now taking applications for a closed beta.
The game is being developed by Capcom Taiwan but all the English on the pre-orders page leads me to believe that Mega Man X DiVE will be released internationally. The beta is technically closed as they’re only accepting 30,000 people, but anyone can apply and Capcom Taiwan will pick who makes the beta cut at random.
Mega Man X DiVE’s gameplay looks like it mostly incorporates a modernized version of classic Mega Man gameplay, with some specific gatcha elements for weapons, attacks, and possibly even characters. While many gaming aficionados don’t accept mobile games as ‘real games’, I think the fact that this effort more or less replicates the classic gameplay makes it a viable Mega Man game. It’s unlikely we’ll see Capcom releases titles in the franchise with a triple-A budget that totally reinvents the formula but they don’t need to; having played it this year, I promise you nobody needs another Mega Man X7.
Mega Man X DiVE is taking beta applications now and will be released later this year.