Capcom’s thirtieth anniversary celebration of its famed blue gunner continues this July when the Mega Man X series is rereleased in two separate volumes. All eight Mega Man X games will be available on PS4 when the collection releases on July 24, alongside some new features. The announcement comes from a PlayStation Blog post written by Capcom’s Tim Turi, which went live earlier this morning.
Mr. Turi had a lot to say about the upcoming release, focusing on how the Mega Man X series did such a beautiful job of moving the series into the 16-bit era before carrying through to the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 systems. Here is an excerpt of Mr. Turi’s brief series recap which details the relationship between Mega Man X and PlayStation:
PlayStation became the sole destination to experience the Mega Man X series as it evolved following Mega Man X4. Mega Man X5 (2000) iterated on the tried-and-true eight-boss formula by adding new objectives such as crafting a spacecraft and enormous laser cannon to help combat mounting forces. Mega Man X6 (2001) tasked players with rescuing fellow Maverick Hunters before they became corrupted by the deadly “Nightmare” virus. Mega Man fans experienced more than intense, satisfying gameplay throughout these sequels – they also watched beloved characters die, and witnessed surprising story connections between the X series and the original Mega Man lore. We could never look at Dr. Wily the same way again.
To continue the thirtieth anniversary festivities, Capcom is also planning an all new Mega Man game, Mega Man 11, which will be out later this year.