Aside from the megaton to end all megaton announcements, my favorite reveal from E3 2015 is still ReCore. We don’t know a lot about it yet, but seeing Mega Man co-creator Kenji Inafune get to work on a AAA project with Armature Studios is enough to capture my interest.
At its heart, it looks like a Mega Man game starring robots and an under-aged youth taking on conflicts far beyond her maturity level. It even has a robot dog companion! I suppose the only difference here is that the protagonist is a female and it takes place in a boring desert. Inafune explains though that sandstorms will be able to reshape the map and open up new areas in their wake.
The pair of producer’s, Keiji Inafune and Mark Pacini, description also sounds something like a dungeon crawler. Our heroine is one of the few remaining humans, and she dives into these caves to dig up minerals. The deeper she dives, the better the loot, and, as it goes with dungeon crawlers, the stronger the enemies become as well. Mega Man Legends anyone?
Inafune also explains that the core of her robot friend can be placed in the body of other robots as well, which will allow her to change between companions and even objects in the world without losing its consciousness.
Sounds great! Can’t wait to see some gameplay.
Oh yeah, and when Inafune states he worked with Armature in the past, it was probably regarding this canceled, gritty Mega Man reboot from back when Capcom was trying to masquerade as a Western publisher. So glad those days are behind us. It looked like a solid title, but not exactly something that would rebuild the bridge with Mega Man fans.
Armature is made up of former Retro Studios employees, and most of them have experience on the Metroid Prime games. You can trust they know the ins-and-outs of developing a good game, enough to make ReCore something to look forward to.