Development of the MegaMan Battle Network 4.5 translation logo was no easy task. Prof. 9 set high standards to meet and logo concepts were passed around back and forth many times before the final design was settled. I have a few old concepts I'd like to share, though it isn't much.
First, we decided what kind of logo it should be. Should it be based on the BN4 logo with the huge 3D extrude? Should it be based on the BN 1-3 look? Should it be influenced by the Japanese logo?
And of course, there were things the logo MUST have: the emblem and the chips.
Here is the first black and white concept I made which just placed the unstylized vector elements in their place to decide if the placement is correct. I designed a pattern and wrapped it around a circle which was then distorted in perspective for the emblem. It's not exactly identical to the original Japanese one, but it's okay.
|This concept attempted to create more visual interest by aligning the two subtitles at an angle.|
|This concept placed the subtitles more like BN6's logo which locked up the 4.5 really well.|
|To keep the coloring consistent, I decided to color the subtitles in that peach color.|
|Due to the bland peach look, the "BATTLE NETWORK" part was made gold to match the English logo. The background emblem was made more dynamic to match the original better.|
Finally, a background had to be chosen. Just like with the logo, there was no real source materials to work with so even understanding what the original background was became a challenge in itself.
|The "bubbles" background looks even worse at a higher resolution.|
|Using the same color palette, the new background seems like a believable accommodation.|
|A simple 3-frame glow was generated for the game's title.|
Now, as you know, the complete, animating logo can be seen in the game's title if you boot up the game with the translation patch. I applaud Prof. 9 for the high standards because it was something we could both agree on. We were both very passionate about creating a quality work to become the face of such an ambitious project. I think it is safe to say we both like the final outcome.