Capcom has announced it will release a collection of the original six Mega-Man games as a single title for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.
The Mega Man Legacy Collection will bundle the original half-dozen NES titles from the series with online leader boards, mini-games, and a digital "museum" of artwork gathered from the original development process of the games.
Spanning Capcom's Mega Man releases between 1987 and 1994, the Legacy Collection will be remastered into 1080p resolution but will otherwise be recreations of the 8-bit originals.
Frank Cifaldi, head of restoration for game engine developer Digital Eclipse, likened the process of updating Mega Man to that of restoring a classic film. While non-gamers might consider that comparison a stretch, those who grew up playing the beloved (and challenging) series should appreciate the sentiment.
"Movies have the Criterion Collection, but there hasn’t been anything like that for games,” Cifaldi said. "We’re living in the golden age of a brand new form of artistic expression, and we’re not doing a very good job of making sure our games will be available five years from now, let alone fifty. The more we can do right now to take video game preservation seriously, the safer our history will be.”
In addition to the original games and artwork, the package will offer a "challenge mode" where players can select a certain boss or series of bosses from the original games and attempt to reach certain goals or beat time limits. A practice mode will also allow players to train on specific bosses or levels.
Capcom said it will release the bundle later this summer with a $14.99 price tag. ®