Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite: Rebooting the Marvel versus franchises

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is the beginning of the rebooting of the Marvel “versus” franchises to include the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are looking back at the beginning of the series for inspiration from Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom. They have already shown off some of the characters to be joining us this time around, such as Ryu and Mega Man X from Capcom’s Street Fighter and Mega Man X series respectively as well as Iron Man and Captain Marvel from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

They showed us that this will be a strictly 2-on-2 affair, with players able to tag between characters rather quickly to chain attacks. You will no longer have the assists from the original Marvel vs. Capcom but in it’s place it will be the Infinity Stones from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

They showed off two of the stones: Power and Time. When the Power stone was active it seemed like all of the attacks did a fair bit more damage but we could tell for sure being that we couldn’t really see their life gauges as it was only a basic gameplay preview,  and was in alpha state more or less. The time stone did slow down everything on screen except for the player who activated it. This could lead to some interesting opportunities allowing the player to extend combos beyond what is normally possible without the stone and also allowing them time to possibly react or escape from situations beyond their grasp normally.

At the end of the gameplay video, we did also see that Morrigan from Capcom’s Darkstalkers and Marvel’s Captain America will also make a return and they both looked great animation wise. I would surmise that it should be easy to port over animations and move sets from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 allowing the development time to be shortened in some ways, but they will have to edit the models to fit the new engine because the art styles are not the same. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has a black ink outline to all of the characters making them pop out from the screen like a comic book unlike the animations of Infinite.

I do see them editing the models to make them pop more,  but it did look a little muddy, in my honest opinion, when there was so much going on screen. There are also reports of some of the original team from Marvel vs. Capcom coming back to help work on Infinite to make it the best reboot possible.

What are your thoughts on them rebooting the series and what are you excited most about? Tell us in the comments below and check out the links to the trailer and the gameplay from the Playstation Experience last weekend.

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