Shadow Mode DLC offers bold new ways to get your ass kicked in Marvel vs Capcom 3

We already know that Shuma-Gorath and Jill Valentine will be available as Day 1 DLC for purchasers of the game’s special edition, but Capcom’s unveiled details on new MvC3 downloadable enhancements and they're actually a bit cooler than a new licensed character.

Obviously, online play has created an entirely new level of top-tier brawls, but for those seeking out that extra bit of challenge, look no further than the new Shadow Mode DLC. In the first in a series of downloadable packs, players will be able to compete against “custom-built computer opponents” based off members of the dev team, and potentially, other pros in the future. The inaugural DLC pack will feature teams with player AI based on the personalities of the game’s producer, Ryota Niitsuma, MvC3’s assistant producer, as well as its QA lead.

The ability to play against an interactive “Ghost” character, tailored specifically to the style of select celebrity punching bags, is an extremely interesting prospect indeed. Players could cue up any number of wish-fulfilling match-ups – like say, against Diago, Seth Killian, or Brett Elston – and technically, none of the participants even need to be alive! My personal dream Marvel vs. Capcom 3 bout? Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid:

Above: FIGHT!

Wish I knew more about it, but I’ve had to spend most of my time editing “Shadow Broker DLC” out of this article because my mind is slowly losing a battle with my rapidly aging body. However, the Shadow DLC news also comes hot on the heels of IGN’s exclusive Marvel vs Capcom 3 reveal. GODAMNED GALACTUS!

Click over to IGN to see more on the “biggest” boss reveal in the fighting genre’s history *har har* Oh, and be sure to head here for a closer look at the new MvC3 Fightstick.

Feb 7, 2011


  • StoryofEverest - February 8, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    Shuma and Jill are NOT Day 1 DLC for Special Edition Buyers, you have to wait another month.
  • mEgAzD - February 8, 2011 5:54 a.m.

    Interested in seeing Shadow Mode for JWong, Santhrax and Yipes.
  • EricBratcher - February 8, 2011 1:51 a.m.

    @yasmarc - I'm not sure what you've seen that looks dark and dreary (some night stages, perhaps?) but believe me when I tell you this thing in motion is retina-searingly bright and colorful. The attack effects and the characters themselves are often brighter than the backgrounds though, so that might be what you're picking up on.
  • DontMessWithMeImRunningOutOfPlacesToHideTheBodies - February 8, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    I hope this dlc is free, it'll be odd if it isn't.
  • JSayonara - February 8, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    Kinda sucks that they put Galactus in but none of the Fantastic Four. (and yes, I know the Super Skrull's in there to make up for it, still.)
  • NathanXplosion - February 8, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    @kluivertus Saw that video too. Galactus was leaked early like most of the information about MvC3.
  • kluivertus - February 7, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    Didn't we already know Galactus was going to be the villain? I'd swear I saw a video somewhere in which he was the villain. They didn't beat him in that video either, though
  • yasmarc - February 7, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    Why is this game so dark and dreary looking!?!? Compare these screens and vids with the old MvC2 and it's night and day. Anyways I think I'll wait until this goes down in price. I have a hard time justifying $60 for a fighting game ($40 though and we're talkin!)
  • NathanXplosion - February 7, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    Can't wait for this game. Although I'm kinda pissed that Jill is dlc because I really wanted to play as team "Res 5" on day one with her, Wesker and Chris. Oh and for anyone bitching about Sentinel being in MvC3, STFU, because you would probably get destroyed even if he wasn't in the game.
  • wind869 - February 7, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    so am i the only see this as bullshit and not really a game that can be enjoin by anyone and the only reasons people are excited is because of the name's of the fighters and not the game play. i was getting excited but when i saw the sentinel trailer i said forget it not going to get it after what i saw. dose that make me into a dick or something.
  • FauxFurry - February 7, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    What I really want to see is how the real deals stack up against their 'shadow clones'. Mechanical precision and the inability to be shaken in the slightest by trash-talk (unless that's future downloadable feature)versus someone who not only knows everything the clone is capable of because they came up with it themselves but they can improvise new strategies on the spot to school their synthetic students. It's like something out of so many comicbooks and videogames so it's definitely appropriate that a videogame mash-up of the two provide such an opportunity for such a mirror match to play out in True 3D+ Space.
  • ssjMrFord - February 7, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Still disappointed Capcom only has one villain on their roster. No Nobunaga? No Sigma?
  • Cyberninja - February 7, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    sounds good for me i like to have various training partners online when i want to practice now no one can see my stragies when i train.
  • NeoKef - February 7, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    Thats an interesting way to provide DLC to a fighting. As long as it doesn't break the 1000/1000 (which is what I'll be going for) I'm fine with it.

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