Capcom is a company well known for franchises like Mega Man and Street Fighter. The company is now all set to mash the franchises together with an upcoming free PC game—Street Fighter X Mega Man.
Instead of being a fighting game, Street Fighter X Mega Man is a traditional Mega Man game where the iconic Street Fighter characters like Ryu, Chun Li, Dhalsim and Blanka are bosses.
The company is releasing the game in celebration of the 25th anniversaries for both franchises. According to the post on Capcom Unity, “Further details will come out via interviews and whatnot, but the big takeaway is that we can ring in the 25th anniversary of one of gaming's most beloved characters with high spirits. I'm kind of beside myself, having been involved with daily build tests and feedback to Zong Hui (who was of course amazing the whole way through).”
The game also features an 8-bit soundtrack from Luke “A_Rival” Esquivel, who has blended tunes from Street Fighter and Mega Man to make a new soundtrack. Examples of the sounds include Flash Man's music mixed with Ryu, and Snake Man's music mixed with Dhalsim.
The game will be free and will be available to download on Capcom Unity's Mega Man page on December 17.
The last fighting game made by Capcom was Street Fighter X Tekken. As the name suggests, the game mashed characters from both franchises in a Street Fighter-esque 2D fighting game. All the characters from Tekken—while retaining their movesets—had undergone massive retooling in order to let them fight against the likes of Ryu and his fireballs. While the game was commercially successful, Capcom drew a lot of flak from fans over the inclusion of on-disc DLC.
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The game had included many of the characters, which were planned as DLC on the disk of the game, and this had irked players a great deal as the characters were already made playable and should’ve been included in the game from release without the payment barrier.
Capcom had defended this action with the statement in April, “At Capcom, we value our customers and make every effort to resolve customer complaints. SFxT has an enormous amount of content, fully developed and available for play and enjoyment immediately on-disc. Given the 38 characters available for full play, as well as multiple play modes, SFxT provides great value for all players from day one.”
“While Capcom is sorry that some of its fans are not happy about the chosen method of delivery for the DLC, we believe that this method will provide more flexible and efficient gameplay throughout the game's lifecycle.”
“There is effectively no distinction between the DLC being 'locked' behind the disc and available for unlocking at a later date, or being available through a full download at a later date, other than delivery mechanism.”
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