If you were to make a list of the most iconic video game characters of all time, in the Top 10 would have to be the Blue Bomber known as Mega Man. The character from Capcom made his presence known on the NES, SNES, N64, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, DS, and many more systems over the years, and has been a staple in the Capcom library of titles. And later this year, the Blue Bomber will return for solo action in the new title Mega Man 11. However, loyal fans know that outside of cameos, it's been a while since he's had a new game.

In fact, Mega Man 10 was released on March 1st, 2010. Which means it's been over 8 years since his latest main title (not including compilations). This has left many fans curious as to why this is. At E3 2018, VentureBeat sat down with Mega Man 11 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya and director Koji Oda to discuss why the game took so long to come into fruition.

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One of the biggest reasons overall was the creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, left Capcom after a long tenure with them. And when that happened, it caused a bit of a division in the Mega Man team, as well as Capcom. Though many in the publisher wanted to make another Mega Man title, none of them felt confident enough to take the reins:

"The atmosphere just didn't feel right for anybody to raise their hand and say, ‘I want to be the person that makes the next Mega Man.’ That was kind of the general atmosphere for a long while," said Tsuchiya.

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As for Oda, he watched from behind-the-scenes for years, waiting for someone to step up. He worked on other titles in the company, but he felt the desire to make a Mega Man game. So eventually, he got fed up and stated he would be the director for the next title, and work began on Mega Man 11.

To be fair, there was another factor in this. Just because someone on the dev team wants to make a Mega Man game doesn't mean that Capcom will allow it. Thankfully, there was a belief that the game would sell well if done right. This is because the recent compilations of the Mega Man Legacy Collection 1&2 both sold well, over a million in fact. This proved, along with a lot of social media chatter, that gamers wanted to play the Blue Bomber in his own series again.

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Mega Man 11 looks and feels like the classic Mega Man titles, but with some much-needed improvements. First of all, the game features a graphical boost that makes not only Mega Man shine but the world around him as well. And while there are some gameplay additions as well, it plays like games of old, which is sure to make many gamers happy.

If the title sells well when it releases later this year, there's little doubt in either man's minds that Mega Man 12 won't be far behind. You can get your hands on Mega Man 11 on October 2, 2018, for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Stay tuned for any updates!

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