Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Preview
It has been a decade since we last heard from Marvel vs. Capcom, which is why a whole lot of die-hard fans finally breathed a sigh of relief when the third installment was just recently announced. Although it isn’t set to launch until the second quarter of next year, you can bet that fighting aficionados the world over are already aching to learn more about this hotly anticipated 2D/3D battler. Unlike Marvel vs. Capcom 2, which was download-only, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds will be a full game release on Blu-Ray for the PlayStation 3 and DVD for the Xbox 360. We don’t have the full roster of fighters just yet, but as of right now, the developers have already implemented about 30 well-known and recognizable characters, such as Ryu, The Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine, Chris Redfield, Deadpool, Magneto, Captain America, and Morrigan. But Capcom ain’t done yet and there’s a chance that the final product could reach the unbelievable number of fighters (50) featured in the last MvC2 entry.
Now remember, we’re not talking about a remake for a new generation; they’re rebuilding this game entirely from the ground up using Capcom’s MT Framework tech. Examples of this technology can be found in Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet 2, which is scheduled to launch next month. At the same time, they’ve said we can anticipate something similar to the visual presentation of Street Fighter IV; a style that went over extremely well with both critics and fans alike. We don’t have any gameplay footage or screenshots to go by at the moment, but basically, you should picture SFIV with the combination of vigorous art direction and superhero characters that are true to the comic book fiction from whence they came. As you might expect, this is a collaborative effort between Capcom and Marvel, so everything has to be just right in order to satisfy both parties. And perhaps the timing is right, too; the past decade has seen a superhero movie explosion that benefited Marvel greatly.
As for the gameplay, we should get a game that will play a bit like its predecessor. We’ll receive Hyper Combos but we’re not yet sure if we’ll see teams of three or two on the screen, and how they handle the assist process during combat is still being worked on. The rest of the presentation will boast a fully redone music selection, which may or may not annoy the long-time fans, and a different way of approaching the single-player story mode. Obviously, we won’t see anything role-playing-like, but there will be character-specific endings and apparently, an overall bigger emphasis on story so if you’re playing by yourself, you’ll still feel…I dunno, fulfilled, I guess. Lastly, Marvel says to expect a final boss that fans will really enjoy, so I think it’s safe to assume that we’ll be facing an iconic Marvel character in the final battle. There is a lot to be said for a game that really attempts to make its avid followers happy, and we’ve seen a remarkable resurgence of fighters this generation. Capcom is already partly responsible for that, right?
We’ve even heard something about “in-match events” that will evidently be related to the histories of each participating character. I’m not sure what this means, exactly, but it’ll be interesting to see how such an idea is implemented. You can always expect those character-specific quips and comments but perhaps Capcom will take the next step and provide us with a never-before-seen feature. Anyway, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is bound to appeal greatly to its target demographic but until we see the game in action, we’ll have to reserve judgment. Who wants it to be a perfect blend of SFIV and MvC2?
4/27/2010 Ben Dutka