The upcoming releases of Mega Man X Legacy Collection and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 will finally remove what many fans have considered to be a stain on the fifth entry in the X series.
When Mega Man X5 was localized for the Americas in 2001, Capcom made a strange and controversial change to the names of the game’s bosses. While the Japanese version of the action platformer stuck to the franchise’s simple and traditional naming scheme for robot masters, the bosses in the Western release had names inspired by the band Guns N’ Roses.
Well, Capcom revealed in the trailer for the new X Challenge mode arriving the collections that the Mega Man X5 Maverick names will be more in line with the rest of the series’ baddies. To see the new names for the robot masters, check out the full video below.
In an interview with GameSpot, the developer confirmed it used the new collections as an “opportunity to better align the naming of the Mega Man X5 Mavericks across all regions for better narrative cohesion across the series.” For example, Axle the Red will now be known as Spike Rosered and Duff McWhalen will be Tidal Whale. While the homage to Guns N’ Roses might not seem like a huge deal to grab a buster gun over, fans have long felt that the simple name change would help make X5 feel more in line with the rest of the series.
Interestingly, the original decision to use the rock band names came from Alyson Court, the voice actress who was behind Claire Redfield for many entries in the Resident Evil franchise. According to a series of tweets from Court in 2011, she was married to Capcom’s text localizer at the time of X5‘s Western release and was asked to come up with names for the bosses. Since her husband was a fan of Guns N’ Roses, she said she tried to insert references to the band as a fun nod to his fandom.
Despite her good intentions, it seems the fans of the series won this argument. Players can experience the new change to Mega Man X5, as well as the other seven games in the X series, when both collections launch in late July.
Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 are set to launch PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on July 24th.
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