Game Informer have published an exclusive interview all about the beloved Mega Man franchise. Mega Man 11 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya took part in the interview and the first question that came up was why was there such a long break for the Mega Man franchise after Mega Man 10. Tsuchiya told the publication the following:
“To be honest with you, when Inafune left it was a difficult atmosphere within the company,” says Mega Man 11 producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya. “It was difficult for somebody to step up and say, ‘I really want to work on Mega Man.’ Inafune-san was definitely a brand leader for the franchise. He helped pave the way for its success, and he had a lot of brilliant ideas. That’s an absolute truth. So when he left, there was a sense of emptiness, and a sense that no one was appropriate to pick up the mantle and pave a new vision for Mega Man.”
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