Way back in 1994, game developer Capcom created a fighting game using licensed characters from Marvel Comics. “X-Men: Children of the Atom” it was called, and it became the foundation for more fighting game entries featuring Marvel. Eventually Capcom got the bright idea to have the Marvel characters cross over with their own stable of videogame characters, from the venerable “Street Fighter” series and more. It started with “X-Men vs. Street Fighter” in 1996 and ultimately with the massive crossover title “Marvel vs. Capcom” in 1998. This game solidified a partnership between Marvel and Capcom in developing videogames that were a hit for dedicated gamers.
The last collaboration between the two was “Marvel vs. Capcom” and its derivatives in 2011. Afterwards Disney, which has owned Marvel’s parent company since 2009, became a bit choosier with its videogame license rights. Many feared that the days of Capcom making games with Marvel characters on them were over. That is until a surprise announcement this December 3 as reported by IGN, that at long last Capcom and Marvel Entertainment are collaborating once again to deliver non- stop fast-paced fighting game action, with “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” finally revealing its existence to the world at the PlayStation Experience.
A teaser trailer released during that event showed Capcom regular Ryu and fighting game newcomer Mega Man X facing off against Iron Man (Tony Stark) and Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). Certain details about the game specs and features have also since been publicized. Its visual graphics are being rendered through the Unreal Engine 4, and a later gameplay video hints that the fighting format will now be only 2-on- 2, as opposed to the 3-on- 3 of previous “Marvel vs. Capcom” titles. Game modes include a single-player Arcade campaign, Training matches, Mission fights where the player must accomplish given objectives in a match, and a unique Story mode described as “putting the player at the center of both universes as they battle for survival against a sinister new threat.” While no further details were forthcoming on this, it’s been confirmed by comic book writer Frank Tieri, lead writer of “MvC3”, that he is once again involved in the storyline of the new game.
The latest game trailer released has confirmed the appearance of Captain America (Steve Rogers) and Morrigan Aensland of the “Darkstalkers” series in this game, but questions remains as to whether any X-Men characters would show up at all, owing to legalities between Disney-Marvel and 20th Century Fox, producer of the “X-Men” films. Hopes are still strong that there would at least be some presence from the characters that started it all for Capcom.
“Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” will arrive in late 2017 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
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