Mega Man 11, known as Rockman 11: Unmei no Haguruma!! (ロックマン11 運命の歯車！！? lit. "Rockman 11: Gear of Destiny!!") in Japan, is an upcoming game planned to be released in 2018. It is the eleventh main entry from the original Mega Man series.
Mega Man 11 is set to feature a new, and as of yet unrevealed, gameplay mechanic that, while optional, is said to change the moment-to-moment gameplay and can help balance out the difficulty. This feature is related to the new gear icons beneath Mega Man's life and weapon energy bars in the game's HUD.
Energy Tanks will make a re-appearance in this game.
Mega Man 11 will feature four difficulty modes: Newcomer, Casual, Normal and Expert mode.
Mega Man 11 will be similar to both the seventh and eighth installments of the original Mega Man timeline in that it experiments with new and previously unseen graphical styles, as opposed to the series' more common 8-bit visuals. Much like Mega Man Powered Up, Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, Mega Man X7 (excluding 3D style area) and Mega Man X8, Mega Man 11 will use 2.5D graphics for the gameplay engine.
The game was announced on December 4th, 2017 during the live stream celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mega Man franchise. Before its announcement, two concept arts hinting its development were shown, the first as Roll's new design for her Nendoroid figure, and the second of Mega Man's new weapon design appearing as an easter egg in the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 gallery.
When deciding how the game would look, the team selected some stages from previous games, such as Stone Man's stage from Mega Man 5 and Pump Man's stage from Mega Man 10, and redesigned them with improved graphics as a test. The team decided that striving for an extended sense of nostalgia seemed a bit off from what gamers were looking for, and decided to use new graphics to show that not only is Mega Man back, but also improved.
The game has been confirmed to have Mega Man's animal crew along with Roll as seen from the latest Gameinformer article in which the the game's executive producer Koji Oda says "This is a sequel, not a reboot."
Currently only one Robot Master has been shown. He is shown to be a rotund, cyan robot with gold & white accents and dull, grey bricks covering his body. This boss was tentatively named Renga Man (レンガマン Rengaman?, lit. "Brick Man"), but he has since been renamed to have a new, unknown title. Not much is known about him aside from the weapon Mega Man obtains from him, which gives the ability to spawn/throw four cyan bricks. Apparently, he is also one of Dr. Light's most beloved creations.
The game will feature the usual eight Robot Masters, and these Robot Masters were all once allies of Dr. Light. Despite overwhelming feedback from fans wishing for such, there will be no female Robot Master(s) in the game.
- Upon release, Mega Man 11 will mark the return of the mainline Mega Man series after eight years of hiatus.
- This is the second original Mega Man main installment game to use full voice audios since Mega Man 8.
- Excluding re-releases and compilations, this will be the first Mega Man game to be available on Steam upon release, as well as the first Mega Man game to receive a standalone physical release since 2008's Mega Man Star Force 3.