Capcom is banking hard on Mega Man 11, but thanks to a press conference from producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (and a translation from reddit user Chaos_LightDark Man), we know how much is at stake.
Speaking to the Chinese media, Tsuchiya stated that the goal of Mega Man 11 is to “create a new benchmark for Mega Man games for the next 10 years.” It’s a lofty goal for sure, and Tsuchiya is fixing to be the next Inafune — or as I’ll call him, the caretaker of Mega Man. October couldn’t get here soon enough, as I really want to see how this all pans out.
As for the X series, the door is kind of open on that too. Tsuchiya responded to an inquiry about a new entry in the series by saying that they need to wrap up Mega Man 11 first, but feedback is paramount in determining where the series goes from here. He does not confirm the existence of Mega Man X9, but says that the “volume of voices” from their fans might influence the creation of the project. Capcom was quasi-hinting at the possibility of X9 just recently with the release of the two X collections.
This press conference is rather key because it cements that Tsuchiya is all-in on Mega Man. With the right care and attention we could see another decades-long run for the franchise, and not just in merch form.
Kazuhiro Tsuchiya [GNN via Rockman Corner]