We shared the teaser, but here’s the official announcement. Archie Comics, SEGA and Capcom have officially announced a twelve issue comic book cross-over of the Sonic and Mega Man franchises, entitled “When Worlds Collide”, to be released in 2013. The cross-over will span four issues of Sonic the Hedgehog, four issues of Mega Man and four issues of Sonic Universe to create a twelve issue story. Archie’s Paul Kaminski shared a few details on the event: “We’ve been gearing up for this for years. From the moment we had Mega Man at Archie, we knew we wanted to bring Sonic and the Blue Bomber together. It’s a big budget movie featuring two of the most storied video game franchises. This has never happened before. We’re making history here, and it’s going to knock people for a loop. This is what comics are all about – drama, fun, action and tons of surprises. Fans will not be disappointed.”
USA Today reported on the cross-over and gave some more details:
The books’ editor, Paul Kaminski, received word that Sega and Capcom signed off on the crossover just before New York Comic Con last fall, and his first call was to Flynn.
“His response was, ‘I have been writing that story since we began the Mega Man title,’ ” Kaminski says. “Of course, I thought he was joking, but not an hour later my inbox was flooded with Sonic/Mega Man story synopses.”
Adds Flynn: “I’m already living the dream by writing the Sonic titles. Then I got to live the other dream of writing for Mega Man. With that many dreams being handed to me, I figured it was only a matter of time.”
I gotta say, even though it’s not a game, I am far more excited for this than I was for any of the Mario & Sonic games. Perhaps because Sonic and Mega Man are far more appropriate for a team up. SEGA and Capcom were chummy in the Dreamcast days, both heroes are blue and both villains are robot building mad men. Excited for the event? Sound off below!
UPDATE: Another teaser image appeared, this time promising a Knuckles vs. Proto Man battle.