A game that started out as a fan-made project has now not only received an official "OK" from Capcom but will be released by the publisher for free. This week, Capcom revealed that the fan-made game mash up, Street Fighter X Mega Man, will be launched via a free PC download on December 17th.
The Capcom Unity page reveals that Singapore resident Seow Zong Hui showed off an early version of this 8-bit retro game to Capcom VP Christian Svensson at the recent EVO 2012 fighting game tournament. Svensson was impressed and, after some discussions, Capcom decided to release the game as an officially sanctioned title.
The game is a traditional Mega Man platformer, but with Mega Man fighting off a number of characters from Capcom's Street Fighter franchise. Street Fighter celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012 and Mega Man's 25th birthday is coming in 2013, so this game mash-up is kind of a way to give Street Fighter a nice final anniversary send off while also preparing folks for the Mega Man 25th anniversary.
Indeed, Capcom hints strongly that it has some big plans for Mega Man in 2013, saying, "We know it's been a hard year for Mega Man fans, but I hope this proves our love and intent to the series, and that we have not heard the last of the little guy."
Source: Capcom Unity