Mega Man is one of the most beloved characters in gaming, having starred in dozens of games over the years. That being said, the Blue Bomber hasn't been in the spotlight much recently.
A new Capcom online poll, however, seems to tease that may be changing in the near future. In a poll on Capcom's Japanese website (via Anime News Network), the publisher is asking fans "hypothetical" questions about the future of the franchise, with one question involving Rock Man (aka Mega Man) 11.
"If a new title (such as Mega Man 11) were to go on sale, do you think you would want to play it?" one question asks.
The latest entry in the main series came in the form of Mega Man 10 in 2010. Since then, the franchise has been largely dormant, with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune leaving Capcom and taking to Kickstarter to create Mighty No. 9, a Mega Man successor.
Another question asks players which previously-released Mega Man collections they would like to see on modern day consoles, listing collections such as Mega Man series (Mega Man 7 and on), Mega Man X series, Mega Man Battle Network series, Mega Man Star Force series, Mega Man Zero series, Mega Man ZX series and Mega Man Legends.
Capcom recently released Mega Man Legacy Collection on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo 3DS, which bundles together the first six games in the main Mega Man series.
It looks like Capcom is testing the waters to see if there is indeed an audience for new Mega Man games or more collections. The poll is open until the end of April, giving fans plenty of time to chime in and let their voice be heard. Whether Capcom listens to fans is an entirely different matter.
That being said, there is reason to be optimistic. Capcom asked fans of the Resident Evil franchise what the game series means to them and whether or not they would be interested in a full remake of Resident Evil 2. The answer to the question was an overwhelming yes from fans, and now, Capcom is working on the project. Perhaps we can expect a similar outcome from this Mega Man poll.