Rumours suggest that a new Marvel vs Capcom game is in the works, and that it should be officially announced and revealed on December 3rd-4th during Sony’s PlayStation Experience where there will also be a Capcom Cup 2016 Street Fighter V tournament.
Multiple sources tell Polygon that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is currently in development and slated for release sometime in 2017. It has been 5 years since Marvel vs Capcom 3: A Fate of Two Worlds released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and it’s a good time for a follow-up.
It is suggested that Marvel vs Capcom 4 will focus strongly on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, cashing in on the popularity of the live action movies, with its ever-expanding fan base. Not a bad thing, but it may mean that some of the more colourful and weird characters may be left side-lined. Shuma Gorath? Blackheart?
Due to licensing issues between Marvel, Sony and Fox, it may make sense for some popular characters to be omitted, but at the expense of fans. As Polygon says in their post, “That means fighting game fans will more likely see characters plucked from The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy films, and not from properties like the X-Men. Expect to see superheroes like Ant-Man and Groot make appearances, with characters of mutant origin — think Wolverine and Magneto — sitting out this entry.”
The only concern I have now, if this rumour is true, is my fear of it being console exclusive to the PlayStation 4, much in the vein of how Street Fighter V is. If it is being revealed at the PlayStation Experience event, it could be a nail in the coffin for long time series fans of yet another popular fighting franchise. Don’t let it come to this, Capcom.