VS Capcom: Infinite
Capcom announced Marvel VS Capcom:
Infinite on December 3rd, 2016 at Playstation Experience. As you probably
remember, Capcom's Marvel fighting game series began in 1994 with X-Men:
Children of the Atom. Since then, the "Versus" series has evolved
tremendously, experimenting with a wide variety of mechanics and formats,
including: 1-VS-1, 2-VS-2 and 3-VS-3 battles. The last 3 prequels of the series
featured 3-VS-3 gameplay, but Infinite will return to
the classic 2-vs-2 format, a formula that defined X-Men VS Street Fighter
through and including Marvel VS Capcom (1). The gameplay of Marvel VS
Capcom: Infinite also appears to take some heavy cues from 2008's Tatsunoko
VS Capcom, another fan favorite (albeit underrated) 2D fighter.
Capcom 4 everyone... Did you ever think you'd live to see the day??!? :D
Confirmed modes for MVC Infinite so
include: Story, Arcade, Online, Training & Mission. MVC: Infinite is
said to feature a "visually stunning"
and "impressive" cinematic Story Mode. The gameplay will feature
the "Infinity Stones" system which is comparable to Capcom VS SNK
2's Groove System. Players can choose one of the Infinity Stones after
selecting their team, and each stone will grant additional strengths and techniques
that each fighter can utilize in a unique way. Early reports (not 100% confirmed)
Infinite will NOT feature assist attacks of any kind. Characters can now be
"instantly" swapped out, similar to MVC3's team aerial combos,
but this can be done on the ground or mid-combo.
Hardcore fans of
classic MVC gameplay can rest assured that several original developers
from the earliest MVC titles are working on MVC: Infinite. When
asked if Capcom was biting off more than they could chew in regards to balancing
MVC: Infinite, Marvel Games' Executive Producer Mike Jones stated, "We
talk about that all of the time. What's
awesome though is we have some of the original developers, that worked on the
earliest Marvel fighting games at Capcom in Japan, now working on this newest
iteration," he said.
"[We have] some of the original visionaries, who kind of came up with the
crazy, bombastic and dynamic gameplay, that was originally featured in X-Men:
Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes and all of the VS.
series [games] from there," Jones said. "They're now re-imagining
and re-envisioning what the future of the franchise is," he noted. They're
going to have a [monolithic task when doing] tuning, balancing and design - but
they're definitely up to the challenge."
Team Gameplay Returns! Stay tuned for further reveals and announcements!
Below is excerpt from
Capcom's press release and a list of the game's features, straight from Capcom:
"MARVEL VS. CAPCOM: INFINITE is the latest entry in the MARVEL
VS. CAPCOM series, which boasts cumulative shipments of 7 million units.
Beyond appealing to genre and series fans, the game is targeting a diverse
audience and looks to bring in casual players who are fans of Marvel movies,
comic books, and television shows; as such, starting with a robust cinematic
Story Mode, the game will feature a variety of exciting and accessible single
player content, as well as rich multi-player modes including online
Reborn Rivalries: Universes
collide once again in this all-new crossover clash for the ages, where players
select their favorite Marvel and Capcom characters and engage in accessible and
action-packed 2v2 partner battles.
Infinite Power: Pulled
from classic Marvel lore, unique and game-changing Infinity Stones can be
implemented into players' strategies as a way to influence the outcome of
battle. Each Infinity Stone provides a unique advantage to the player and
represents a different aspect of the universe: power, space, time, reality,
soul, and mind.
Iconic Heroes: Choose
from a diverse roster of fan favorite characters pulled from Marvel and Capcom
universes, including Iron Man and Captain Marvel from the Marvel side, and Ryu
and Mega Man X from Capcom. Many more playable characters will be revealed in
Cinematic Story: Heroes
and villains battle for supremacy in a timeless struggle set in the Marvel and
Capcom universes. The original storyline answers the questions regarding the new
clash and lets players step into the shoes of classic characters from both sides
as they wage war against powerful forces in an attempt to defeat a new villain.
Accessible Single Player
Content: In addition to the cinematic story experience, players can hone
their skills in a variety of accessible single player modes, including Training,
Mission and Arcade modes.
Vast Multiplayer Features: Robust
online modes and content including ranked and casual matches, global
leaderboards, and online lobbies with spectator mode deepen the overall
Graphics: Unreal Engine
4 technology pushes the cinematic visuals and next-gen realism into a new era.
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My "first impressions" when an EPIC
sequel is announced for an iconic, long-running fighting game series are usually filled
with mixed emotions. I immediately remember the BEST times
I had with said series... and later recall the "not-so-great"
times, when certain prequels didn't quite jive with my style, or didn't quite
have the "pop" of the older, "better" installments.
This pretty much sums up how I felt about the MVC3 era. I do respect what
MVC3 did for the series and the tournament scene (and it's a pretty fun
game to watch), but it just didn't live
up to MVC2, in my opinion. I played MVC2 competitively practically nonstop for
over 10 years, and it's still fun to this day. I also really enjoyed MVC1 and
installment before it (when they originally launched, at that).
MVC: Infinite's return to the 2-VS-2 format is
intriguing, along with the fact that Ryu looks like he's ripped straight out of Tatsunoko
VS Capcom (in terms of his playstyle). Moving away from 3-on-3 should
streamline a lot of things, make the game more accessible, more manageable, and
ultimately, more balanced. Here's hoping that MVC Infinite will move the gameplay away from the
"randomness" present in MVC3.
As a diehard Marvel fan since the 90's X-Men cartoon series was
"new" (back when
collecting Marvel character cards was also cool), I'm beyond excited to see what Capcom is
about to do with this game. Even though there's a "rumor / speculation" that
(somehow) won't be featured in this game (because 20th Century Fox currently
owns the rights), I remain optimistic and refuse to
believe such a silly thing.
X-Men are a mainstay in the VS Series, and MVC just wouldn't be
them. That said, I certainly hope and expect to see a solid representation of X-Men
in MVC Infinite. I also expect plenty of Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers,
Thor, Ant-Man, Deadpool, and Dr. Strange
references.... since Marvel is beyond HOT right now in the movie
industry (and clearly isn't going anywhere for a long time).
The fact that Infinity Stones will make their epic comeback to the
gameplay system (exclusively appearing way back in 1995's Marvel Super Heroes)
is also very very intriguing. If it's anything like Capcom VS SNK 2's
Groove System, it should be a much-needed addition to mix things up for the
gameplay, and perhaps allow players to play the game "how they want".
I'm all for gameplay systems like these.
I'm definitely excited to see what's in store for Infinity Stones, not to
mention... this pretty much guarantees Thanos will make his epic return in
Infinite. It's also perfect timing... as Marvel has slowly been building up
Thanos and the Infinity Stones in the latest movies. Needless to say, it's a
great, great time to be a Marvel (and Capcom) fan.
Stay tuned on FightersGeneration.com for further gameplay details, character reveals, and
full news coverage of Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite! "Face front, true
believers!" By the way, Stan Lee should definitely be a playable
character in this game... Hey, I'd buy that DLC on day one.