Previews - Multi Platform
Written by Jayce Diaz Sunday, January 30 2011 14:10
UPDATE 01/30/2011 - Added Taskmaster, Akuma, Sentinel, and Hsien-Ko!
Marvel Versus Capcom 3 is one of the most anticipated games of 2011. Bringing together characters from two of nerd-dom's most awesome companies, MVC3 is shaping up to be one for the ages.
Check out this page for everything MVC3-related. We'll update it constantly as more info comes out!
WHAT WE KNOW:
Capcom has tried to keep the wraps on the full roster list, opting to instead reveal only a handful at a time. Here are the officially revealed characters thus far:
Captain America - The good ol' Captain makes his return as one of Marvel's main headliners. With a new movie (and game) in the works, it would be insane to leave him out of the roster for this one. (Gallery Updated: 12/13/2010)
Deadpool - A longtime Marvel fan favorite, Deadpool's confirmation sent many fanboys into a frenzy. Capcom looks to be intent on keeping his unique sense of humor intact - He has a bit of a motor-mouth, and he constantly breaks the fourth wall with his attacks.
Doctor Doom - Dr. Doom was quite a versatile character in the last game. With his wide range of attacks, it makes sense to bring him back for the sequel.
Dormammu - From what it seems so far, Dormammu looks to take the place of former series mainstay Cyclops in terms of attacks and abilities. He has a lot of long-range projectile attacks, and is slightly faster than you'd expect.
Hulk - HULK SMASH. (Gallery Updated: 12/13/2010)
Iron Man - With multiple critically acclaimed movies under his belt and an enormous arsenal of weaponry at his disposal, Iron Man was a shoe-in from the beginning (literally, as he's in the first trailer). Limited flight will definitely come in handy, as Iron Man was never really a fast character. (Gallery Updated: 12/13/2010)
Magneto - To be honest, There isn't a whole lot of appeal to MVC2 Magneto. He was slow, and while poweful, wasn't exactly a power houae character like Hulk or Zangief. I imagine he is returning only because he is an iconic villain.
M.O.D.O.K. - I really, really hated this character in the comics. He's an awkward, hateful little monster who can use his freakishly large mind as a weapon against anyone who stands in his way. I would have preferred Mr. Sinister over this guy, but then again, Sinister is kind of a lame bad guy. He just looks cool.
Phoenix - Jean Grey is one of the most powerful mutants in the X-Men universe. It's no surprise, then, that her evil (true?) self would make an appearance in the third installment of Marvel Versus Capcom. Fast and powerful, Phoenix will likely become a popular character among players.
NEW! Sentinel - Another recurring character, Sentinel is a slow, powerful robot who has a surprisingly robust list of projectile and long-range attacks. Fans of MVC2 Sentinel will feel right at home with this iteration.
She-Hulk - The Jolly Green Femgiant She-hulk finally makes her debut in a fighting game, which also haoppens to mark the first time this character has ever been involved with something worth paying attention to. Think a faster, weaker version of the hulk and you have She-Hulk.
Spider-Man - There was never any doubt that Spidey would miss the third entry in the MVC series. He's a fast flyer who also happens to be incredibly varied, and he's pretty popular among players worldwide. It wouldn't be an MVC game without him.
Storm - Storm is, by far, one of the most interesting and powerful women in comic books ever created. Her control of the elements and colorful past make her perfect for this game, and her moves seem familiar, but much improved over MVC2. (Updated 12/14/2010)
Super-Skrull - Marvel struck gold with this guy in regards to filling out the MVC roster: He is the one-character solution for getting the entire Fantastic Four team in-game without sacrificing character slots. He looks like a great close-quarters character, too, which is great because most of these types of characters present in MVC2 are not returning.
NEW! Taskmaster - In the comic world, Taskmaster has the uncanny power to learn anyone's ability and technique simply by watching them. It remains to be seen if this trait will be available in MVC3, but what is known is that Taskmaster has an arsenal of short and mid-range attacks that make him a formidable counter to Dante on Capcom's end.
Thor - Here is another great addition who also happens to have a movie coming out. Thor is both fast and powerful, and his hammer (which can shoot lightning projectiles) varies his moveset quite a bit. (Gallery Updated: 12/13/2010)
Wolverine - Arguably the very face of Marvel, Wolverine has been in almost everything of theirs; X-men, Fantastic Four, the Avengers, X-Force, the list goes on. Much like Spider-Man, it wouldn't feel right to skip this character. Fast and powerful, he's a well-rounded character who novice players should get a kick out of. (Gallery Updated: 12/13/2010)
X-23 - One of the more surprising announcements from the Marvel camp, X-23 is more than an attempt to continue the trend of "two Wolverines" in MVC. She looks a little slower with her attacks, though this may not actually be the case. She definitely doesn't fight like her genetic twin, though.
--- DLC Characters ---
Shuma-Gorath - Shuma is part of a two-character DLC being offered four weeks after launch. Awkward and surprisingly strong, he was a memorable part of MVC2 and it's not surprising that he is back for another offering.
UPDATE! Akuma - Arguably, Akuma is just as important to the Street Fighter series as Ryu is. He is the Yang to his Yin, and hasn't missed a crossover opportunity since the beginning.
Albert Wesker - Wesker's popularity has risen immensely since the last Marvel Versus Capcom, and RE5 really put him out there with the fan base (and gave him a million cool moves as well). His inclusion is a strong move by capcom, as his close attacks offer a nice contrast to most of Capcoms usual "LAZER BLASSTTT!" roster.
Amaterasu - the Wolf-God of Capcom's brilliant Okami makes his fighting game debut, and boasts some serious-looking combos. He does stand out a bit by not being biped, but his low stance doesn't seem to be an issue hit-detection wise. (Gallery Updated: 12/13/2010)
Arthur - Arthur has been in demand since he showed up as an assist character in the original Marvel Versus Capcom game. his quirky animation style and long range attacks fits great with the unusual cast of characters assembled so far.
Chris Redfield - The boulder-punching, egg-throwing hero of Resident Evil 5 was the last character revealed in the first MVC3 trailer ever shown. With him, Capcom told the world to expect a new and refreshing roster, as he was the only one (at the time) who wasn't in a previous MVC game. He looks like he's taking the place of MVC2's Cable in terms of weaponry, though he does also have some nice close-range combos, too.
Chun-Li - A fan-favorite of Street Fighter fans, thunder-thighs here marks one of only two characters from the SF franchise announced so far. As always, her speed and mix of close range attacks make her a formidable foe.
Crimson Viper - Arguably, C. Viper is one of the best character designs to come out of Street Fighter IV. Her moves and special attacks make her a perfect fit for the MVC universe, and she makes a great addition to the other Street Fighter combatants, Ryu and Chun-Li. (Updated: 12/14/2010)
Dante - The rise and decline of the Devil May Cry games' popularity hasn't hurt the main character of the seires itself, as Dante has been requested for a Capcom fighting game for years now. His demonic abilities and sword/gun attacks set him as a good close-and-long-range fighter.
Felicia - Felicia dresses like a skank (if it even is clothing), so it was almost necessary to include her. This isn't to say she's a poorly balanced fighter - in fact, she's pretty good - but the lack of exposed breasts and ass-cheek would have turned off some fanboys, so she's a necessary inclusion. (Gallery Updated: 12/13/2010)
Haggar - As a longtime Capcom fan, I've been waiting for another chance to smack people around as the muscle-bound politician Haggar. Going from Mayor to ex-Mayor (then back again on occasion), Haggar is a much faster, much more badass Zangief-type character who relies on close range attacks and grapples to take out his opponents.
NEW! Hsien-Ko - Rumored since the beginning, Hsien-Ko makes her first appearance since the last Darkstalkers game several hundred years ago. She has some crazy aerial combos and long reach, making her a great addition to the cast.
Morrigan - The face of Darkstalkers as we know it, Morrigan's entry into the Wii's Tatsunoko vs Capcom marked the first time in centuries that capcom updated her in any way. MVC seems content to keep with her "new" looks. Her devastating long-range attacks keep her among Capcom's most powerful females. (Gallery Updated: 12/13/2010)
Nathan "Rad" Spencer - The updated Bionic Commando game on PS3 and Xbox 360 got a lot of undeserved crap; sure, it was a pitiful attempt at "bad-assing" and already bad-ass series, but it was fun to swing around and kill dudes. Spencer here gets a second chance at life in MVC3, which thankfully replaces his guns with short-range attacks and a cool grabbing mechanic, almost like Mortal Kombat's Scorpion.
Ryu - The poster boy for all Capcom fighting games. If he wasn't in this, they may as well not make it at all. Ryu has been the champion of Street Fighter since it's inception, and nothing seems to be taking that away, including his own death in Street Fighter 3. What, you didn't know about that?
Trish - Dante's first love in the series (kinda... it was complicated), Trish was a fan favorite of the series despite only being in the first game. She compliments Dante nicely here, as well, with her mixed gunplay fighting style.
Tron Bonne - Comical capcom baddie Tron-Bonne returns to the scene, as Capcom really is short on the powerhouse characters so far. Tron can send her swarms of Servbots after her opponents, and use her mech suit to smash them down.
Viewtiful Joe - The stylish Joe makes his MVC debut, and rightfully so; fans have been dying to get him into this series since his first successful outing on the Gamecube. Joe wields some pretty creative attacks and supers, all of which fit into his comical background.
Zero - This Mega Man character has done very well for himself on the fighting game front, ever since he appeared in SVC: Chaos. His energy sword is pretty strong, though he's mostly a close-range fighter. He is fast enough to get in and out with multiple hits, to say the least.
--- DLC Characters ---
Jill Valentine - Jill makes her return via DLC, in the tight-as-hell battlesuit she wore in RE5. Since the last game, Jill has gone though quite a character change, and I just can't see her using the same moveset anymore. In fact, I'd say she probably fights more like Wesker than Chris.
- Release Dates/ Platforms:
Marvel Versus Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds will release on February 15, 2011 in North America, and February 18, 2011 in Europe. It will be available on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
- Collector's Edition Info:
Capcom will be releasing a Special Edition of MVC3 that will run players $69.99, an additional ten bucks from the regular edition. The Special Edition includes:
- Steelbook case featuring exclusive art work
- Comic/Art book- A 12-page prologue comic, written by Marvel writer Frank Tieri, plus campaign art and a curated selection of fan art.
- 1-month Subscription to Marvel Digital Comics, providing unlimited online access to Marvel content
- 2 Playable DLC Characters – Shuma Gorath and Jill Valentine. Content is available 4 weeks post-launch.
- Misc. Info:
Capcom has stated that they expect MVC3 to sell at least 2 million copies next year, claiming that the familiarity of Marvel superheroes will aid in additional sales. They expect the title to perform better than their recent Street Fighter outings, in fact.
A user over at Eventhubs has translated a recent Q&A session with the MVC3 developers, and some information was given on the omission of specific characters:
• The Thing was considered at one point, but they felt he would be too similar to Hulk.
• Human Torch was a completed character, but he ate up too much RAM and had to be taken out.
• Marvel suggested Super-Skrull as a Human Torch replacement.
• To balance the roster out, Niitsuma wanted to include a young Marvel female, and ultimately X-23 was decided on.
• Niitsuma intentionally held off Spider-Man's announcement until the Tokyo Game Show because he is a popular character in Japan.
• Marvel was reluctant to grant permission to include Shuma-Gorath, but Capcom convinced them that he is popular and an important part of the series history.
• Shuma-Gorath was the first Marvel character that Capcom proposed to Marvel — and he may have originally been planned as an on-disc character.
• Felicia has yet to appear in an official English language gameplay video because of the ESRB.
(Updated 12/14/2010) Capcom has released a ton of promotional and gameplay video content for Marvel Vs Capcom 3. Here they are, separated by type. Stay tuned for gameplay and promotional videos:
WHAT WE THINK WE KNOW:
For every 5 fans of MVC3, there are at least 50 different dream roster lists on the internet. It's no wonder that so many different "leaks" appear online, all apparently "official". While Capcom and Marvel are truly the only ones in the know, we've gone ahead and established a list of unofficial characters who have been rumored to be in the game.
Amatsu-Mikaboshi - inspired by a Japanese God of evil, Mikaboshi is creepy as hell.
Elektra - She dies a lot, but people still like her. Personally, I'd rather see Daredevil introduced.
Emma Frost (White Queen) - This character went from being a top X-men enemy to running the X-men with Cyclops. As his girl. Yeah, been a while since you read X-men comics, huh?
Hawkeye - Over the years, hawkeye has become a sort of Dan Hibiki-type character for Marvel. Even if he was all serious-business in this game, he would be a nice fit.
Iron Fist - The game is lacking in the powerhouse department at the moment, so Iron Fist would make a great close-range character.
Juggernaut - This guy was too powerful in MVC2, and Capcom knew it. If he returns, he will have to see some serious balancing changes.
Misty Knight - This would be a great character to add, as she isn't a well-known name and isn't just a female version of an existing superhero.
Spider-Woman - ... Because She-Hulk isn't annoying enough.
Squirrel Girl - I can see Squirrel Girl replacing Son Son, though she does stick out a bit.
Ultron - There really isn't enough Badass Marvel bosses in this game, is there?
War Machine - This one is actually rumored to be a character variant for Iron Man, which makes sense seeing how they were so identical in MVC2.
Chuck Greene - Chuck Greene is rumored to be a character variant of...
Frank West - ...This guy, right here. It would be crazy for Capcom not to include at least one of these two Dead Rising stars, though having them share the exact same moveset might pose a problem; Chuck isn't a photographer (no camera attacks), and Frank's covered wars, ya know. Just had to put that out there.
Mega Man/ Mega Man EXE - The stronger rumor here is that Mega Man EXE will be the main character, though I think they'd be insane not to use the vanilla version as an alt costume or something.
Red Arremer - Another SVC: Chaos alumni, Arremer was an unusually difficult foe. Here's hoping he returns.
Samanosuke - Finally, Onimusha gets some love! I personally prefer Samanosuke's outing over the others, so this would be a great addition to me.
Strider - MVC3 is lacking in the ninja department, and his history with the series would make him a strong candidate.
Soki - Star of Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams, and a powerful attacker in Tatsunoko Vs Capcom. It would be smart to put him in this game with Samanosuke.
Tessa - Tessa was freaking annoying in SVC: Chaos. People can use that to their advantage.
Victor Delacroix - Very few people played and beat Chaos Legion for the PS2. I did, though. While the combat got stale and occasionally playing as the female lead sucked, Victor's story of heartbreak was interesting to say the least. He's kinda like Sephiroth mixed with Wesker. Bring on the Emo.