Remember a little game called Marvel vs Capcom 3? We thought it was pretty badass, and we really looked forward to all the DLC possibilities for the title. Sadly, after one modest costume pack there was nothing, aside from rumors that Capcom would do something similar to what happened to Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV, and Dead Rising 2 before it: Iterate the shit out of it with an updated retail game. Just in time for Comic-Con, Capcom made it official: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is coming with 12 new characters, and Hawkeye, Ghost Rider, Firebrand and Strider are confirmed for the new roster.
With a planned release for November of this year, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 boosts the total character roster to 50 (provided you downloaded Jill and Shuma-Gorath), and despite our massive amounts of journalistic integrity, we’re pretty god damn hyped based on the four we’ve seen today. Here’s the breakdown:
Pretty much a forgotten character, Firebrand was the star of forgotten Ghost ‘n’ Goblins spin-off Gargoyle, one of our favorite Game Boy games of all time. He made a cameo in MvC3, so it’s only fitting Arthur’s old enemy be fully playable in this update.
Another classic Capcom star that’s unfortunately shifted to the background lately, this fantastic, futuristic ninja was a favorite in MvC2, so it’s about time he appeared in this game.
Love him or hate him, Hawkeye is one of the core members of the Avengers and integral to Marvel’s history. Sure, he’s a circus freak that shoots arrows in a world where people lift mountains, but he’s still a fun character that adds a lot to a team. And did you see his special attack where he shoots Ant-Man at you? SQUEEEEE!
Forget the horrible Nicolas Cage film, Ghost Rider is one of the most badass characters in Marvel’s pantheon, at least as far as looks go. He may not have been in any ground-breaking stories, but a biker with a flaming skull that whips people with chains and breathes hellfire will always be awesome.
So ultimately (HAHAHAHAH) beyond the new characters, some other updates are coming to the title, with promises of balance fixes (something MvC3 sorely needs) and a new spectator mode so you can see the masters at work. And just like Super Street Fighter IV, the publisher is charging $39.99 for it.
But what about the rest of the characters? By our count, both Capcom and Marvel have four more to add each, so who will they be? Daredevil? Mega Man? The Thing? Frank West? Doc Ock? Captain Commando? Black Widow? Blanka?
UPDATE: Our speculation was short lived, as the eight remaining characters leaked a matter of minutes after the reveal. See them here.
Jul 20, 2011