Today, Capcom announced that Mega Man will be released in October worldwide, on October 2nd in Europe and North America (and October 4th in Japan). A brand new trailer was also revealed, revealing a new gameplay system known as “Double Gear”.
Here’s the trailer:
Here’s what the story is about:
It’s no surprise that the mustache-twirlingly evil Dr. Wily is up to his old tricks, but this time the master of malevolence has a brand new tactic tucked away in his lab coat. Reflecting on his younger days when he studied alongside Dr. Light – the good-natured and ever-hopeful creator of Mega Man – Wily recalls a creation of his own: the Double Gear system, capable of pushing robots beyond their normal capabilities. Putting his idea into action, the unscrupulous doctor steals eight of Dr. Light’s robots to use for his own nefarious plans. At Mega Man’s request, Dr. Light installs the prototype Double Gear system in the heroic blue ‘bot, imbuing our hero with brand new skills in his quest to put a stop to Dr. Wily’s diabolical plan and continue the fight for everlasting peace.
The Double Gear system has two main functions:
- Speed Gear: allows Mega Man to move really fast… or rather, slow down the world around him. Pretty useful when you need to dodge incoming projectiles, make a tricky jump, or simply take a breather.
- Power Gear: pushes Mega Man’s power output beyond the limit, allowing him to power up his regular buster shots and charge his Mega Buster to unleash two charge shots at a time. But it’s not just the Mega Buster: the weapons gained from defeated Robot Masters also get powered up in various ways.
However, there’s a catch: if you use those too much, Mega Man will overheat, preventing him from using the Double Gear system until he’s cooled off a bit.
If you want, you can activate both gears at the same time, but only Mega Man’s health is critically low. This allows you to slow down time and unleash one massive, overcharged shot, but it’s a pretty risky move: you cannot turn off this technique once it’s active, and it leaves Mega Man severely weakened afterwards.
Alongside the new Dual Gear system, Capcom also shared details about two of the Robot Masters found in Mega Man 11:
This vain, brick-building ‘bot has an ego the size of a pyramid, and a bit of a hero complex to go with it. Headstrong and thick as a brick, Block Man is able to form blocks out of thin air, and can use the Power Gear to change into a gargantuan form when he’s pushed to his limits. This rock-solid Robot Master is definitely no pushover, but you’ll have to navigate a series of perilous pyramids in order to reach him.
Hopefully that wasn’t too shocking for you. This fast-thinking Robot Master resides deep within a power plant, filled with challenging platforming and tricky traps. Never one to refuse a fight, this speed demon will charge you with assault and battery if you’re not careful. Getting to his lair to begin with is a challenge on its own, with lasers that will require quick thinking to maneuver around and lots of electrified surfaces that will give you a jolt if you don’t watch where you step!
One of the new features in Mega Man 11: your appearance change when you equip a Robot Master’s weapon. There’s also a brand new weapon wheel, that allows you to easily choose a power to use at any time… you just need a flick of the right stick to switch weapons on the fly.
But that’s not all: Roll and Auto can create useful upgrades and items to upgrade Mega Man, using the bolts scattered around the stages (and dropped by enemies). According to Capcom, Mega Man 11 offers even more versatility for combat than any previous mainline Mega Man title before, no less.
Finally, here’s some screenshots:
But wait, there’s more! Capcom has announced that players who pre-order the game will receive a Download Code for an alternate soundtrack.
Also, a brand new Mega Man amiibo will also be released alongside the game (at least in Japan). According to Capcom, it will do *something* in-game, but we will have to wait before getting more details about that. It’s also unclear whether the original Mega Man amiibo is compatible or not. The amiibo costs 1 400 Yen + taxes.
Here’s pictures of the amiibo:
Also in Japan, the game is getting a Collector’s Edition. On Nintendo Switch, it costs 7 990 Yen + taxes, and includes the following:
- physical copy of the game (including the pre-order bonus DLC)
- Starter Guide Book
- cloth poster
- Mega Man 11 amiibo
Finally, a Complete Edition will also be sold in Japan, but only via eCapcom. It costs 12 990 Yen + taxes on Nintendo Switch, and will include the following:
- Contents of the Collector’s Edition
- Production Notes (64 pages)
- Anniversary acrylic key holder
- Clear Soft Vinly Piggy Bank
- special box
- a set of 4 postcards (pre-order bonus at eCapcom, all 4 are includes with the Complete Edition)
Here’s a preview picture of that Complete Edition and the various retailer bonuses:
Mega Man 11 (Switch) comes out on October 2nd in Europe and North America, and October 4th in Japan. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!