Marvel vs Capcom 3: Everything there is to know

After 10 years of rampant speculation we can finally confirm that Marvel vs Capcom 3 is indeed a reality. Revealed last week during Capcom’s annual Captivate event by Keiji Inafune himself, the combo-crazy fighter will return to PS3 and 360 in spring 2011, continuing a fighting-game resurgence that began with the universally lauded Street Fighter IV. Naturally the most pressing questions (Who’s in it? How many characters will there be?) were answered with “wait and see” responses, but we did leave with a good indication of what’s in store.

Above: The official trailer, revealing Ryu, Wolverine, Hulk, Chris Redfield, Morrigan and Iron Man in spec footage. We've identified more here

It's going to feel more like a comic

As fun and memorable as it was, Marvel vs Capcom 2 didn’t feel like a comic book at all, much less a representation of the Marvel Universe. Part three is zoning in on a “living comic book” presentation, applying various shading techniques for a defined, unique art style as well as adding signature quotes, intros and outros and other in-game events to drive home the idea that you’re playing a colossal comic crossover. With style angled much more towards comics than Marvel’s movies, the whole experience should be distinctly sketchy – that’s sketchy in a positive sense, of course.

The combat will be a mix of old and new

Last year’s re-release of MvC2, which has nearly sold a million units, proved that totally insane juggles and triple-digit combos are just as fun and addictive now as they were ten years ago. That said, the expectations are so high the dev team isn’t about to trot out the same game with a “3” on the box. Capcom told us they’re analyzing both MvC2 and Tatsunoko vs Capcom for ideas on what worked and what didn’t, leading us to believe MvC3 will be some kind of hybrid. Capcom assured us they don’t plan on alienating the base that kept MvC2 alive for a decade and will keep the 3-on-3 fight style, but they’re also striving to “maximize depth and minimize complexity.” A tricky balance, for sure.


  • super0sonic - April 28, 2010 10 p.m.

    THIS IS SO AMAZING!! I am very happy
  • J-spit - April 23, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    Also, who thinks NEMESIS should make an appearance? The roster is so chock full of fighting game characters and Nemesis would be an ill brawler.
  • J-spit - April 23, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    All I'm WORRIED about is the frikkin' music! I don't want anybody tryna take me for a ride again! Bring in the boys from SFIII Third Strike!
  • greenjoker - April 23, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    oh man that last funnnny...that character select music...soo bad lol nice article :)
  • shirazsheikh - April 22, 2010 5:06 a.m.

  • lovinmyps3 - April 21, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    Oh man I can't wait for this!!! MvC 2 is one of my favorite fighting games!!!
  • Clovin64 - April 21, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    Chris Redfield AND Dante? Hell Yes! I only wish Amaterasu from Okami would be in it, but there's probably not much chance there. Except in my dreams...Amaterasu vs Dante!
  • StoveToTheFace - April 21, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    i just found the light!
  • snothammer - April 21, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    I'm so excited for this! Plus, Spring of 2011 is a perfect release date for me, so my friend and I can spend all summer playing this after we get our BAs. It's kind of sad that a videogame has the possibility of undermining the excitement of a degree, haha.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - April 20, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    *pinches himself* Ouch. Woah. Not a dream! :D
  • Cyberninja - April 20, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    since you guys were right about this can you make a article about the world ends with you 2 and Kingdom hearts 3 and while i am dreaming can you also add a good sonic adventure 3 please?
  • EricBratcher - April 20, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    @5DollarFootlong - Well, keep in mind the trailer shows Chris Redfield (ie - normal guy with a pistol) against the Hulk. So we may have to be prepared for a little artistic license there. I remember having a conversation with a guy at EA about Marvel Nemesis right after they debuted it. He asked what I thought; I said "I don't think you'll ever get it balanced". He said they had it all figured out. Turns out, I was right.
  • UnclearMango - April 20, 2010 6:37 p.m.

  • RebornKusabi - April 20, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    As a Sony fanboy (who still oddly loves Halo 2 and the Gears of War series >_>), I've gotta say that the absolute WORST course of action would be to release the game exclusively for one console. I mean, I'm buying a 360 Elite with my tax return but my online play will still be relegated (mostly) to my PS3. Plus... I bought a Street Fighter 4 Fight Stick for the PS3 so that kind of shows where I'm gonna be playing this game and Super Street Fighter 4 lol
  • Gamesarerad - April 20, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    is this a psn exclusive or $60 ps3 exclusive
  • sleepy92ismypsn - April 20, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    is this a ps3 exclusive?
  • Gamesarerad - April 20, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    @5dollar footlong it looks to me like your only packin' 6 inches
  • 2dboy - April 20, 2010 5:40 p.m.

    "It's going to feel more like a comic." I hope it will not be grainy or very dark.......................pfft! just saw the trailer. I might be among the few who are not optimistic about it.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - April 20, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    i hope they keep viewtiful joe
  • Conman93 - April 20, 2010 4:36 p.m.

    Cant wait to start playing this. Only played the demo for MVC2 and loved it! Hopefully Ammy will be in it or,on a more outlandish hope,Phoenix Wright! Bring on Spring 11

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