Capcom had some pleasant surprises hidden up their sleeves for the stream celebration of Mega Man‘s 30th anniversary as a series, including the announcement that all eight Mega Man X games, as well as both Mega Man Legacy collections, will be coming to the Switch sometime next year.
But the announcement that surprised people the most was that a new game in the classic Mega Man series, titled Mega Man 11, is to be released on all major platforms sometime in 2018.
Little was shown off in the first trailer, though we did see that the game reverts back to the classic style of advancing through side-scrolling stages and utilizing abilities picked up off of defeated robot masters, as has been the working formula for three decades now.
The game also features a new art style very distinct from the 8-bit art of most of the series’ entries – a notable change after both Mega Man 8 and 9 reverted back to the original 8-bit aesthetic of the NES era. Capcom stated during the presentation that “the classic series takes a leap forward in visual presentation in Mega Man 11 with a 2.5D design direction introducing beautiful, completely hand-drawn characters and environments.”
Mega Man 11 is planned for release on Steam, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018. You can watch the special 30th anniversary reveal trailer for the game below: