You’re going to need to free up some time if you’re planning to play through all six games – and their variants – in the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection, which now has a confirmed PS4 release date: 14th April, 2023! Pre-orders are available now on the PS Store, with the price set at £49.99/$59.99. Considering the sheer amount of content on offer here, we reckon that’s fair.

For those of you who didn’t enjoy this series when it was new on the GBA, they take Mega Man in a totally different direction, and reinvent the franchise’s gameplay as a real-time role-playing game. The combat is grid-based, so there is a tactical, strategic aspect to it all – but it’s not quite as complex as you find in SRPGs, like Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre.

It’s still a lot of fun, though, and Capcom is going the extra mile to modernise these classics. There’ll be a lot of online functions for you to engage with across all of the games. For example, depending on the title, you’ll be able to compete online in Network Battles across both Public and Private lobbies. You’ll also be able to trade Battle Chips, Styles, Programs, and Folders.

As alluded to above, functionality will vary depending on the contents of the game – as a reminder, you’re getting every mainline Mega Man Battle Network title here, from the original through to Mega Man Battle Network 6, and so the content is slightly different in each release. But Capcom has added as much online functionality as makes sense, depending on the title.

The really neat thing is that the Download Chips, originally distributed at in-person events exclusively in Japan, will be included as part of the Legacy Collection. There’ll also be a Custom PET Pack available as a pre-order bonus, which includes additional skins for the compilation’s hub area, as well as unique soundtracks.

All in all, this is shaping up to be an absolutely superb package for both Mega Man and retro RPG fans. Will you be pre-ordering this one? Save Cyberworld in the comments section below.