Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was released in 2011. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting a sequel. Now, their wish appears to be coming true. According to reports, Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is in development and will be released next year.
Supposedly, the game will take advantage of the #MarvelCinematicUniverse's success by featuring several characters from the movies. Now, there are quite a few discrepancies indicating this news might not be legit but, if it is, it poses a very interesting situation.
The game's release window is sometime in 2017. Marvel Studios has three major movies slated for that year: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. So, considering Marvel vs. Capcom 4 could be the first major video game to coincide with the release date of one of their films in years, which one could it be? Let's take a look:
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
- Release date: May 5, 2017
- Likelihood: Not likely
#GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2 is only six months away. While the game has supposedly been in development for some time, it will be announced during this year's Sony's Playstation Experience event. Games announced at this event are usually a year away from release.
That means the project still has a long way to go before being ready to hit shelves, which makes it very unlikely for it to be completed in five months or less. Therefore, even though Guardians characters appearing in the game would boost sales through the roof if it arrived at the same time as Vol. 2, it's not a realistic expectation time-wise.
- Release date: July 7, 2017
- Likelihood: A possibility
#SpiderManHomecoming is coming two months after Guardians, and while it does leave more breathing room for the gaming project, it's still a short time span. Of course, as we know, short development periods for video games have never been a no-no for companies. But Marvel vs. Capcom is a franchise that's been built around quality and not to fit with the storyline of a movie or event.
So, instead, a video game that could end up aligning with Spider-Man: Homecoming is Spider-Man PS4.
It's been confirmed that the game will be hitting stores in 2017 and, even though it's possible #MarvelvsCapcom4 ends up being the tie-in project to Homecoming, Spider-Man PS4 will most likely be the focus for Marvel to make its schedule and the movie's coincide.
- Release date: November 3, 2017
- Likelihood: Very likely
Despite #ThorRagnarok's more mystical story and setting compared to the other two Thor movies, it will not be Marvel Studios' flashiest film in 2017 in terms of spectacle.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are returning to the big screen and #SpiderMan will be teaming up with Iron Man as a followup to Civil War; both premises that work wonders for tie-in merchandising. However, when you think about it, if the game does align with Ragnarok, marketing previously-seen characters in sure-to-be-successful moves like Homecoming and Guardians, paired with Thor's upcoming release, with characters like Hulk, Valkyrie and Loki, is a great strategy.
We also have to consider the key factor to every great game: Quality. Ragnarok is the one movie that makes the most sense to coincide with the game's release because it allows for a longer development time. This will help it avoid a situation like Street Fighter 5's lack of content at launch. With how far away Ragnarok is, #Marvel vs #Capcom 4 will have had a considerable amount of time in the oven to meet Capcom's usual quality standards.
Exploring which timeframe would best benefit the game made me realize something:
Marvel vs. Capcom 4 Will Help Marvel With Future Tie-In Video Games
The fighting game being based heavily on the #MCU's mythology would help the House of Ideas test the waters to see how fans respond to tie-in type games with better quality, much like the Arkham franchise. Obviously, it's hard to envision something like this happening, as a tie-in game has a very short development cycle due to being timed with the release of the movie it's based on.
This can be fixed by the people in the Marvel movie side. The studio could give game designers basic outlines of future films and a general overview of the characters and costumes years before said films hit theaters. A great example is #SpiderManPS4. The game will tackle the story of a seasoned Peter Parker as a crimefighter but the design was clearly inspired by Tom Holland's new version of the webhead, with his lenses and black armbands being a dead giveaway:
Would Marvel benefit from MvsC4 in the long run? Absolutely. Since 2012, the only major video games based around their characters have been The Amazing Spider-Man series, movie tie-ins which weren't well-received. By using Marvel vs Capcom as a test run, the House of Ideas could start giving us video games with great quality and standards that rival other critically-praised out there.
I must stress that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 hasn't been confirmed for 2017. With that said, if the rumor is true...
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Which movie do you think Marvel vs Capcom 4 will coincide with?