Rumor: Frank West and Strider are the next Marvel vs Capcom 3 DLC characters?

Thanks to a low-quality screen of questionable origin, we may have a sneak peek at two potential DLC additions to Marvel vs Capcom 3. Dead Rising protagonist Frank West and MvC staple Strider Hiryu are shown as playable characters in the above screen; you can plainly see the characters’ names and faces are written next to a pair of health bars, as well as a character who looks an awful lot like Strider jumping on the right side of the screen.

Both characters were already high on the list of likely candidates before the screen was released. As we mentioned, Strider is a Capcom favorite and MvC series staple and there were more than few fans who were confused/distraught by his absence. Even we were a bit confused why West didn't make it in, considering he was featured in Tatsunoko vs Capcom on the Wii. Rumors that Strider and West, along with Spider-Man villain Doctor Octopus, are coming to MvC3have been floating around for weeks – so for many fans, this simply gives credence to their rumormongering.

As for the screen itself, the origin is unknown and could therefore easily be some kind of homebrew or forgery. Determined fans found that West and Doctor Octopus existed on the game’s internal character roster, though there are no character models or animations of any kind. Strange then that Strider’s character model WOULD be included on the disc, when the alleged Doc Ock and Frank West are nowhere to be seen. Sounds fishy to us…

Capcom has yet to confirm or deny the image's authenticity or if these characters are actually coming to the game.


Mar 8, 2011

Mike Epstein is now the Reviews Editor for Popular Science. However, he was once a freelance games and technology journalist covering video games and hardware reviews, features, and more. His words have appeared on Lifehacker, GamesRadar, IGN, Gamespot, PC Mag, and more.