The first trailer for Capcom’s long awaited Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds has hit the web. As the title clearly explains, the game will pit the game characters of Japan’s Capcom against the characters of the Marvel Comics universe. There are only six confirmed characters at the moment: Wolverine, Ryu, The Hulk, Chris Redfield, Iron-Man and Morrigan. Three from Marvel and three from Capcom. Marvel has a huge stable of characters, while Capcom has created many new franchises in the past decade; expect to see a huge roster in this game.
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It’s hard to believe that it was ten years ago that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 hit arcades and the Sega Dreamcast. More recently, a well received HD version of that game hit Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. The last game in the series still has many fans, Capcom has their work cut out for them for the sequel; the transition from 2D sprites to full 3D (on a 2D plain) is a big change, but it worked out well for the latest iteration of Street Fighter, Capcom’s other major fighting series. Strangely, Marvel vs Capcom 3 is not being developed on the same technology as Street Fighter IV, instead the game will use Capcom’s MT Framework, which powered games like Dead Rising, Lost Planet, Devil May Cry 4, and Resident Evil 5.
I always liked the concept of thse crossover fighting games, but I’ve always been more of a fan of the Namco fighting games like Tekken and Soul Calibur. I was probably put off by having my ass handed to me by the kids of Riverdale Collegiate every time I tried to play the game. The convenience store across from the high school was one of the only places in the east end of Toronto that had a Marvel vs Capcom arcade cabinet. However, I enjoyed Street Fighter IV as well as last year’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe crossover, so I can safely say that I’m looking forward to Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is due for a Spring 2011 release on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.