Series mainstays Morrigan and Captain America join the fight for the Infinity Stones.
Revealed Saturday morning at the 2016 PlayStation Experience, Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite is the latest chapter of Capcom’s legendary cross-over fighting game series. The fourth installment- though not necessarily a “numbered” sequential title or sequel- returns to the original games 2v2 gameplay with extra elements of the Wii-exclusive Tatsunoku VS Capcom. The heroes of the video game and comic book worlds will clash once again, this time over the powerful “Infinity Stones” of the Marvel universe. Reminiscent of the Gem system from Capcom’s Marvel Super Heroes, the Infinity Stones grant each character additional abilities; as shown in the gameplay trailer, the Power and Time stones grant characters super-speed and longer, more powerful attack chains.
Last night, the Capcom Cup Final 8 bracket was shown again on ESPN2, but this time with an extended version of the debut gameplay trailer. The extra footage reveals X’s White Armor transformation and Ryu’s Shin Shoryuken as super-attacks, along with returning characters Morrigan of the unfortunately dead Darkstalkers franchise, and Marvel’s poster-child of patriotism, Captain America.
It should be noted that Captain America’s appearance is modeled after Chris Evans’s portrayal in “Captain America: The First Avenger”: The original licensing partnership between Capcom and Marvel Comics has since expired, which may have led to a new agreement with Marvel Studios; with the rumored absence of X-Men heroes and the presence of the Infinity Stones, this suggests that Capcom’s icons will square off against the Marvel Cinematic Universe; this opens the Marvel roster to include a plethora of new heroes and villains including the likes of Black Panther, Hawkeye, Black Widow, StarLord, Ultron, Red Skull, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man as a stand-alone character, and more.
Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite will release for PC, Xbox One and PS4 sometime next year.