Sad news for those looking forward to the first new Mega Man Legends game for some time: Capcom has cancelled the game.

Not only that, though, but they've also cancelled the Prototype version, which was originally supposed to launch alongside the 3DS eShop.

"From the outset the MML3 Project was intended to give gamers across the world insight and input into the development process," explains Capcom Dev Room Community Liaison Greg "GregaMan" Moore. "Part of this process includes an assessment of whether the title will go into full production, and is based on a number of criteria with input from different sectors of the company."

Essentially, what Greg is saying here is that Capcom didn't promise anything and that the project was an experiment. That likely won't make the community members who contributed to the Capcom Unity site's Dev Room feel any better, though -- especially not if some of the comments on Moore's page are anything to go by. That said, those who had ideas that were to be implemented in the game are to receive a "commemorative gift" at some time in the near future, according to Moore.

"Unfortunately it was not felt that the Mega Man Legends 3 Project met the required criteria, and it is with regret that we must announce that the Mega Man Legends 3 Project has been cancelled, meaning that Capcom will not be releasing the Prototype or the full game," continued Moore. "Additionally, updates of the Mega Man Legends Developer Room will cease as of today, though the North American Developer Room and its forums will remain open indefinitely."

Moore notes that the cancellation of the game was nothing to do with last year's departure of series creator Keiji Inafune.

It seems that the Mega Man Legends franchise is quietly slipping away, what with this news following earlier reports that the original PSone games would not be coming to PSN and that online title Mega Man Universe had been cancelled. Despite this, Moore notes that "Mega Man is still an important franchise within Capcom’s portfolio and we will continue to pursue opportunities to create new titles in the series."

Fans would be forgiven for being a little skeptical at this point.