The fighting community is in uproar, not because we've realized why we rage quit, or that a number of famous backdrops were inspired by real-life locations. Instead, several images have been leaked online, suggesting that not only is #MarvelVsCapcom4 in development, but set for its big reveal at the #PlayStationExperience next weekend in Anaheim, California.
We decided to look into the rumors and give you our verdict on whether we believe this is a true leak or an elaborate hoax.
Where Did The Marvel Vs. Capcom 4 Rumors Come From?
It started on NeoGAF, a site known for its strict policies against rumors. Despite the website's stance, the post had been approved and kept live by the mods, suggesting the poster has provided some sort of evidence.
Skeptics have been quick to point out the visual discrepancies within the leaked images. For example, if you take a look at the No. 4, you'll notice that the lines around the number don't match up. And if you take an even closer look, "2017" seems low-res compared to the rest of the poster.
Further, the 4 is created using artwork lifted from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, and if you look closely at the L, on the right side, you'll see a repeated texture.
What About Street Fighter Developer Yoshinori Ono's Odd Behavior?
At the recent Street Fighter V tournament Red Bull Battle Grounds, things were brought to a standstill with a video suggesting that #Akuma would be joining the roster and that the world would find out more at the #PlayStationExperience.
During an interview with Famitsu, developer Yoshinori Ono was pressed further:
Famitsu: You announced at an event recently that in December, at PSX (PlayStation Experience), Akuma is going to be playable, so I'd like to ask a bit about that.
Ono: Nobody said that Akuma's in the game, haha.
Famitsu: Eh?! Then what was that announcement video?
Ono: We actually never said that a new character is coming at all. We just said that people would be able to experience what we showed in that video, that's all, haha.
Famitsu: That's what it meant?! Well then, at least we can confirm that there's something to personally experience at the PSX?
Ono: Yes. That's undeniable. But it's going to be something that betrays everyone's expectations, in a good way, I think.
Famitsu: Betrays everyone's expectations?!
Ono: A lot of things have been leaked in the past, but we've had very strict regulations on this in particular, so please look forward to hearing what we have to announce.
Ayano: I think it's going to be in the middle of the night in Japan, but please try and watch it live if you can.
Famitsu: So if you have a lot of things coming up at the PSX, does that mean we'll be hearing something about the 2017 season as well... ?
Ono: Yes, that's right. The reason I've been very calm and quiet on Twitter lately is because the higher-ups told me, so I don't accidentally give too much away, haha.
Despite it all, Marvel Vs. Capcom 4 is still unlikely to be announced at PlayStation Experience. Even ignoring the consistencies in the leaked images.
Ryota Niitsuma, developer of the Marvel vs. Capcom series, stated as recently as September that as much as he would love to make the game, it's not currently in the cards.
So at this time, I'd say it's unlikely we'll be seeing Marvel vs. Capcom 4, though we'll find out one way or another come December 3 at the PlayStation Experience.