‘Mega Man 11’: News, rumors, and everything we know

'Mega Man 11' has four difficulty options that cater to experts and newcomers

It has been more than seven years since the release of the last Mega Man game, Mega Man 10. Since then, we’ve seen the famous Blue Bomber fight Nintendo characters in Super Smash Bros., and played through a number of spiritual successors, like Shovel Knight and Mighty No. 9No one can fill the mega buster shaped hole in fans’ hearts left by Mega Man’s absence, though, and fans have been waiting for Capcom to make a true sequel. That wait will finally end in 2018, as Capcom returns to the franchise in Mega Man 11. The long-awaited follow-up blends the classic side-scrolling gameplay the series is known for with a flashy modern art style. Here is everything we know about Mega Man 11 so far.

The first trailer

On December 4, Capcom revealed Mega Man 11 during a Mega Man 30th anniversary live-stream presentation. It included a short announcement trailer, which you can see above. In the trailer, you can see the game employs a 2.5D perspective, similar to early gameplay videos for Mighty No. 9. Mega Man looks almost identical to his appearance in Super Smash Bros., and he’s making his way through what appear to be Mayan ruins before heading into an industrial area and a mine shaft.

At about the halfway point in the trailer, we see Mega Man’s appearance change to teal and yellow in place of his traditional blue. Like past games, changing weapon modes will alter Mega Man’s appearance, not just change his color palette. In the trailer, his teal and yellow form also adds additional armor, including large, brick-like hands. In this form, Mega Man can cause blocks to fall from the sky, destroying everything beneath them. According to Game Informer, the Robot Master who uses these abilities was originally called “Brick Man,” but its name has since been changed.

Characters

mega man 11 release date trailer gameplay news megaman11suit1

Capcom seems committed to making a Mega Man sequel that fans of the classic games will appreciate, and that begins with the characters. Legendary villain Dr. Wily will return with an army of crazy machines, and these “Robot Masters” will give Mega Man new powers as he makes his way through each stage. According to Game Informer, there will be eight Robot Masters to fight, and you can do so in any order. Other enemies were designed as much more than throwaway baddies — artist Yuji Ishihara said he made the enemies intentionally cute in order to “[bring] a smile to your face” while you’re playing.

Mega Man’s dog, Rush, makes a brief cameo in the first trailer, as does his sister, Roll. Though Mega Man’s creator Dr. Light is mentioned in Capcom’s blog post on the announcement trailer, the company hasn’t revealed whether or not he will actually appear in the game, but he is confirmed as the creator of the Robot Masters that Mega Man will be fighting.

The old and the new

In addition to the graphical overhaul and snappy gameplay, Mega Man 11 features difficulty options designed to welcome new players. On the game’s Japanese website, four of these are listed: “Newcomer,” “Casual,” “Normal,” and “Expert.”

Mega Man still has access to his classic charge-shot and dash move, as well as a new slide maneuver that should allow for him to escape some sticky situations. To help manage the on-screen action, the perspective has also been pulled back slightly farther and moved higher, and Game Informer said there will be another “game-changing mechanic” that helps to balance the difficulty, and they’re represented by the gear icon underneath Mega Man’s health bar.

You’ll also be able to switch through you various Robot Master weapons much more easily than in past games. By using the analog stick, you can bring up an “invisible wheel” showing all of your available weapons, allowing you to perform combo attacks.

Mega Man 11 is being directed by Koji Oda, known for his work on the Resident Evil series, and it’s being produced by Kazuhiro Tsuchiya, whose previous credits include Mega Man 7 and Mega Man: Legacy Collection 2. Ryo Yoshii serves as audio director, and he made use of recorded sounds in place of digital effects in order to better fit the game’s new visual style.

When can we play it?

Mega Man 11 will release for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in “late 2018.”

In an interview with Game Informer, Oda suggested the game’s success could lead to a larger revival of the Mega Man brand, including more sequels and the return of sub-series such as Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Battle Network.

Gaming

The Division 2 is another loot shooter with a dull story. Does it matter?

The Division 2 has a story to tell. It's not a good story. It's not told very well. But by-golly, The Division 2 is going to make you sit your ass down and listen whether you want to or not.
Gaming

The best of the last generation: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games

The Xbox 360 thrived during a generation where games were plentiful. Here's our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, including all game genres and even a few special indie hits.
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

Make some room in your backlog. Here are all the games to look out for in 2019

2019 is already a huge year for video games, with a large number of series getting new installments, including some that have been dormant for years. Brand new franchises are also being created.
Gaming

How to sync and troubleshoot your PS4's DualShock 4 controllers

Sony's Bluetooth-enabled DualShock 4 controllers for PlayStation 4 are some of the best on the market, but connection issues aren't unheard of. Here's how to sync them to your console.
Product Review

The Division 2 brings the most fun we've ever had to Washington, D.C.

After 55 hours with The Division 2, it’s clear that Ubisoft has improved on the original in almost every way. The world is richly detailed, the story missions are wonderful, gunplay and enemy design are great, and the endgame content is…
Gaming

A new hope is lost as Disney dismisses rumors of a revival of Lucasfilm Games

According to job listings on the Disney website, the company has plans to revive Lucasfilm Games. This comes as a surprise following the shuttering of LucasArts in 2013 and could potentially mean more Star Wars games.
Gaming

Last gen had some hits! Take a look at the best PS3 games of all time

Choosing the right PlayStation 3 game can be a conundrum, especially when there are nearly 1,500 titles to choose from. Thankfully, we've rounded up the best games to have ever made it to the platform.
Computing

Oculus shows off the Rift S, plans to phase out its original VR headset

Oculus plans to phase out its flagship Rift VR headset for its newly created Rift S. The Rift S made its debut this week at the 2019 Game Developers Conference and is expected to be released in spring 2019.
Deals

Hook up your Nintendo Switch with these deals on accessories right now on Amazon

The Nintendo Switch is a portable system with tons of accessories. The problem is, hooking it up doesn't come cheap. Every week, we look for the best deals on Nintendo Switch accessories on Amazon so you don't have to.
Gaming

Epic Games is offering $100 million to game developers with no catch

Epic Games launched a new grant program called Epic MegaGrants. The program will dish out $100 million in funds to developers working in the 3D graphics community, even if they don't use Unreal Engine.
Gaming

The best PUBG weapons to win you that coveted chicken dinner

Which weapons in PUBG are worth the time to scout out and fit with attachments? Which are going to help you become the last player standing? We've got the answers you need in our best PUBG weapons guide.
Gaming

Here's what we know about the Dark Souls developer's next game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest game from Dark Souls and Bloodborne developer From Software. Here is everything we know about the new game, including its setting and combat changes.