Of course this would happen when I'm out running errands. Nonetheless, it looks like the rumors were true: "Marvel vs. Capcom 4," now properly identified as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, has been announced at Sony's PSX 2016 event. What's more, the trailer kicks off with a most welcome face that fans were clamoring for in the last installment:
That's right, X has joined the fight! And who is that at the end? My money is on Ultron, but consider this: If X is there, what if there's also an alliance between the Avengers' foe and his own nemesis? Then again, Capcom's fact sheet describes the menace as a "sinister new threat," so it could be something else entirely.
Along with Ryu, Captain Marvel, and Iron Man, more characters, stages, modes, and features are to be revealed in the coming months as the game heads towards its late 2017 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, where it will retail for $59.99 USD.
In the meantime, a lengthier trailer is set to debut during the Capcom Cup 2016 broadcast on ESPN2 at 5:30pm PT on Sunday, December 4th. (Don't expect a quick update from me on that one; that's right in the middle of WWE TLC).
For now, have some screenshots, which are really just stills from the trailer. Either way, you get to admire that sleek blue exterior X is sporting.
From Capcom's press release:
“For the last two decades, Marvel vs. Capcom has been one of the most celebrated franchises among fans,” said Mike Jones, Executive Producer, Marvel Entertainment. “To deliver on that legacy, we’ve worked closely with Capcom to create a game that honors the heritage of the series and combines Marvel’s unique brand of storytelling with Capcom’s world-class gameplay. We’re raising the bar with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and are excited for players to get their hands on it next year.”
“It was deeply inspiring for our development team to join forces again with Marvel and we can’t wait for our fans to experience the benefits of that collaboration first hand,” said Michael Evans, Director of Production for Capcom USA. “With Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, our goal is to provide memorable experiences and infinite gameplay possibilities for players of all skill levels.”
Capcom's fact sheet also reveals that fights will be two-on-two, and the Infinity Gems will make their return to Capcom-style fighting from Marvel Super Heroes. A cinematic story is promised, in addition to "accessible" single player content across various other modes, such as Arcade, Training, and Mission. For those looking for more human interaction, there will be "robustonlinemodesandcontent," includingrankedandcasualmatches, globalleaderboards, and online lobbies with a spectator mode that will all "deepen the overall experience."
While the latter part of 2017 has never looked so far as it does now, Capcom does have one way to potentially soften the blow. Though it's not the Capcom Marvel fighting game collection I recently wished for, something else is coming:
That's right: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is available on the PlayStation 4 right now, while Xbox One and Windows PC will get their turn come March 2017. The re-release boasts 1080p resolution, 60 frames per second, and all downloadable content included for just $24.99 USD.
It's not quite what I wanted, but considering I missed out on this one before (no PlayStation 3, and I wasn't about to try playing it on the Xbox 360's Dpad), I'll take it.
(Also, thanks to ZeroX_Syaoran and ManwholovesRockamusic for the tips they sent in while I was writing this one up.)