Capcom won't release Mega Man Legends 3 if fans don't buy the incomplete version of the game.
The downloadable Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version is set to launch with the Nintendo 3DS eShop and will give fans an early glimpse of the long-awaited new entry in the Mega Man Legends series. If the Prototype Version doesn’t sell, however, it's possible that Mega Man Legends 3 won’t be see a full release at all.
“It’s really difficult to determine just how well-received a sequel to a 10-year-old series will be,” said Mazakazu Eguchi, the director of Mega Man Legends 3. “The heat and excitement surrounding this downloadable title would determine whether or not the full game could be greenlit.”
Capcom has not yet provided a price or release date for the Prototype Version but Eguchi says that another announcement will be coming “as soon as possible.” Mega Man Legends 3 has attempted to involve the fans in the development process and Capcom will be using the Prototype Version to gather more user feedback.
Mega Man Legends 2 was released in 2000 for the original PlayStation and fans of the series have been waiting for the sequel for more than a decade, so it would be a huge disappointment if the Prototype Version doesn't do well. Fortunately, I don't think Capcom will cancel Mega Man Legends 3 when there's already so much fan involvement with the title.