It's starting to feel like Capcom are trying to drop Mega Man altogether since Inafune left. They cancelled both the games that were in production and removed him from the Marvel VS. Capcom lineup... What is going on.
I don't think Capcom cancelled Legends 3 just to spite Inafune, but I agree that Inafune's departure likely had a hand in it. Given the sordid sales figures of the series, I wouldn't be surprised if Inafune was the only big head in Capcom supporting the game's production; with him gone, there was nobody of significance to support the project and it just fell through.
Yeah, I can see that they might have cancelled Legends 3 based on the series' history. It's just the fact that they've purged all traces of Mega Man from 2011 that's slightly alarming.
Then again, it's not like there are no traces of the series in Marvel VS. Capcom 3... but the fact that Tron Bonne made it as a player character and Mega Man got taken out is really strange. That's like Tingle being playable in Smash Bros. without Link.
So the problem was that not enough people got involved in the development? That sucks. Most of the people who would've bought the game probably didn't even know about it. I know I only heard about it through this forum, and I chose not to get involved because I thought being involved in the development somehow would ruin the game for me.
I doubt that the issue of player involvement even factored into the whole scenario. Honestly, I just think that one Capcom Europe schmuck was trying to get his jollies by throwing the fans under the bus.
Welcome to PR Nightmare Hell.
Up until this point I had understood a lot of the frustration on behalf of the fans but didn't condone any whiny, butthurt-y behavior. Now, though? Capcom just declared itself open season for trolling. There's even a facebook page that's rapidly gathering steam, dedicated to booing Capcom devs offstage and refusing to let them speak at their panel in SDCC.
Arcadenik - Mega Man Legends 3 got cancelled, the second MM project within a year to do so, and there's no Mega Man love in Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3's new fighters. Kenji Inafune, the man responsible for giving us so much Mega Man, recently left Capcom, so these last two projects being canned and Capcom ignoring the franchise in UMvC3 (save Tron and Zero, who were there already), Mega Man's future does not look all that good at the moment.