Its first gameplay video was unveiled at PAX 2010, showing three different levels and some of the available characters; the stand outs of which were “Bad Box Art Mega Man“, and a teaser for Ryu from Street Fighter. Arthur from Ghost n’ Goblins was planned to be playable too.
Six months later, Mega Man Universe was playable at TGS 2010, where its main features were introduced in more detail.
The same three stages from PAX, created only for demonstration purposes, appear here too; each one representing a different difficulty level (Easy, Normal and Hard).
However, the biggest novelty for the series was an editor where players could create new stages by dragging and dropping blocks, items, enemies before sharing their creations online.
Six characters (classic Mega Man, universe Mega Man, “Bad Box Art” Megaman, Gust Man, Chop Man and Metto Man), were available in this build; each with their own special abilities (life energy, weapons energy, shot, move and jump). Every robot could also equip items such as the energy tank or choose a special weapon.
Another key new feature, as highlighted in the below screenshot, was that the player would have been able to make entirely new characters by combining the various body parts to mix and match their abilities.
[Source: Dengeki Online]
However, after about half a year, Capcom announced in March 2011 that the game was cancelled. In an IGN interview, Christian Svensson, the senior VP of Capcom America at the time, said that the project was shelved due to its low quality:
Svensson: It was pretty far in production. I will say that we weren’t pleased with where it was, collectively at Capcom as a product from a quality standpoint.
In October 2014, Rockman Corner discovered a patent related to the game:
Universe would have allowed creators to adjust enemy behavior, their movement patterns and how much damage they dealt to the player.
The patent sheds new light on a quality assurance system, once designed to deter impossible to beat stages. Mega Man Universe required players to actually beat their homemade stage before sharing it online.
You can see the patent here.
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