More details on Marvel vs Capcom 3's gameplay and features has surfaced.
Marvel vs Capcom 3 will feature 3D characters on a 2D plane, like the Street Fighter 4 titles and Tatsunoko vs Capcom. It will not, however, use the graphics engine from those games. The game will use an "advanced version" of MT Framework, the same engine used in Lost Planet 2 and Resident Evil 5. Both titles are known for their stunning graphical detail.
"Each version of MT Framework gets better than the previous version," Marvel vs Capcom 3 producer Ryoto Niitsuma said. "A lot of key staff are involved with this game and they wanted to use the engine they are more comfortable with."
Chris Baker, manager of licensed games at Marvel Studios, called the title a "beautiful, beautiful game."
Capcom's Seth Killian says that the shaders that will be used on each character will make them visually distinct in motion.
"You could see him sitting in a comic book frame," Killian said, "and maybe one day you will."
Marvel vs Capcom 3 will also have a robust musical score. At least 100 pieces of music, including remixes of favorites from previous Marvel vs Capcom games, will be present along with original scores.
The game will feature around 30 characters. Niitsuma-san says that time constraints have led the team to settle on that number of characters, even though the game can support any number of characters.
New characters via DLC are certainly possible, although Capcom's Seth Killian states that there are no plans set in stone at this time.
Marvel vs Capcom 3 will also feature a strong storyline, unlike previous titles in the series. For a game that features Marvel characters who are popular because of compelling stories, this is a great improvement to strive for.
"It's important that game's have strong stories for Marvel," says Chris Baker. "With fighting games it's not as essential as an action game or role playing game but we are very much insisting there be some cohesive kind of story for this game."
Release Date: Spring 2011
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
After a decade of waiting, iconic Marvel and Capcom characters join forces again in a re-envisioned team fighting game for a new generation. Fill the shoes of legendary characters from the most beloved franchises in entertainment as you battle in a living comic book brought to life in a VS. fighting game for the first time by Capcom’s MT Framework. Get set for the ultimate faceoff when Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Spring 2011.
• Innovative graphics and gameplay bring the Marvel and Capcom Universes to life: Powered by an advanced version of MT Framework, the engine used in Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet 2, now comes to Marvel vs. Capcom 3, bringing beautiful backgrounds and character animations to the forefront.
• Evolved VS. Fighting System: Wild over-the-top gameplay complete with signature aerial combos, hyper combos and other original systems. The evolved battle system takes the exciting mind-reading game to a whole new level!
• 3-on-3 Tag Team Fighting: Players build their own perfect team and use Assist Attacks and each character’s special moves to create their own unique fighting style.
• Living Comic Book Art Style: See the most adored characters from the Capcom and Marvel universes brought to life in a “moving comic” style, blurring the boundaries between 2D and 3D graphics.
Sources: Capcom PR, Kotaku for a few quotes