The Mega Man Legacy Collection has been announced, and it brings the first six Mega Man games to PS4, Xbox One and PC this summer.
A 3DS version will follow in the winter. All versions will be priced at £11.99 / $14.99.
This anthology is being handled by Digital Eclipse, who is using its own Eclipse Engine to restore these titles to 1080p while retaining their original aesthetic.
Beyond simply bundling these classics together, Mega Man Legacy Collection will add new features, like Challenge Modes remixing various sections from the titles together. Your best times for these will be uploaded onto an online leaderboard.
There will also be an exhaustive database of all things Mega Man with information on each enemy and even a practice mode for the bosses. No more replaying entire stages just to do some recon on these fiendish foes.
Various Mega Man memorabilia from 1987-1992 will be included in a digital museum, detailing the concept art that went into making the Blue Bomber and the kooky world he inhabits. For more on that, we interviewed the illustrator who gave our hero a pistol rather than a cannon arm in Mega Man 2's cover.
"Movies have the Criterion Collection, but there hasn't been anything like that for games," said Digital Eclipse head of restoration, Frank Cifaldi. "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."
Check out how the Mega Man Legacy Collection looks in action in its debut trailer below: