Capcom has announced that Mega Man will make his glorious return this Summer… in yet another compilation of his NES adventures.
Mega Man Legacy Collection will compile the first six games in the classic franchise in a downloadable package for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One this Summer. The collection will also be released for the 3DS, sometime in the Fall/Winter. Capcom also announced they will bring a playable demo of Mega Man Legacy Collection to this year’s E3 Expo.
Mega Man Legacy Collection will be developed by Digital Eclipse, a production house with a lasting legacy of bringing classic games to current consoles. The team plans to rebuild each game in their new Eclipse Engine, which will ensure a “sharp, clean picture” and 1080p visuals.
“Movies have the Criterion Collection, but there hasn’t been anything like that for games,” said Frank Cifaldi, Head of Restoration for Digital Eclipse. “We’re living in the golden age of a brand new form of artistic expression, and we’re not doing a very good job of making sure our games will be available five years from now, let alone fifty. The more we can do right now to take video game preservation seriously, the safer our history will be.”
In addition to the graphical boost, the Legacy Collection will feature a Database section that’ll include information about each boss as well as the ability to jump right into a practice match. Finally, the Museum will include “an exhaustive collection of sketches, art and other visual materials” and a Challenge Mode will package smaller portions of the game into a self-contained gauntlet of ministages. A Mega Man I “Boss Rush” and a six-stage endurance challenge were two of the examples given by the developer.
This isn’t the first time Capcom has put together a Mega Man compilation. The Mega Man Anniversary Collection, which included the first eight games in the franchise, was released for the PS2, GameCube, and Xbox back in 2004.