Roll was cloned too? Did I miss a news post or something here?
Roll was in the first anime trailer, distressed as she was separated from Rock in a crowd. So, she is seemingly present in some capacity. No further specifics are known.
What I meant is that X7 to XCM are on itself a single story arc disconnected from X6. X6's story arc is instead continued in Rockman Zero. Likewise, X7 to XCM have no alternate endings; X6 was the last title to have them. Ofcourse, outside of X5, none of the previous alternate endings ever lead to the next game not happening.
Fair enough, I'm just saying that while X7 leads directly to X8, X8 does not directly lead to XCM. X8 was released after XCM and leaves a lot of questions that still need to be answered before XCM can kick off.
I consider XCM about as much of the "Copy Chip" story arc as ZXA is: Yes there are recurring themes but they're pretty well distanced from each other. The Copy Chip is mainly emphasized in XCM simply to justify Axl's presence; it's not the central focus that it was in X8.
It could be taken to mean that he would indeed seal himself away, regardless if you found him or not.
That's what I'm leaning towards. In such a case, both roads end at MMZ, so we're looking at more of a much larger version of the X2/X3 alternate scenarios. Different means, same end. Although granted, one can't help but be curious as to how X handling the remainder of the wars on his own goes, particularly during X7.
While we can certainly see how X7-XCM are relevant to RMO, I'm just not seeing how the X6 split, in and of itself, is. Zero's ending does not allow writing X7-XCM out of MMZ's continuity unless we write it, ZXA, and X7's premonitions off as "just one of those things" in the same category as the Guardians witnessing Ragnarok. That's a bit too much for me to simply "excuse" under some newly written alternate explanations; it makes Inticreates' storytelling look a lot more organized by comparison.
Whatever timeline split is relevant to RMO, I expect to be wholly covered in RMO's backstory. Trying to make X6 it may seem to make sense in light of the pulled ZC website, but reconciling that with the whole of the X-series gets convoluted real fast.
Alternatively, the Zero Nightmare is still on the loose, leading to a different future. With all that scene could imply, we really need more information about it...
Nightmare Zero may or may not have been toasted once the Nightmare Virus was destroyed, so that's pretty open (Capcom has always done a lousy job of explaining the defeat of viral enemies.). Yeah, we could always use more info...