Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Comic-Con 2011 Panel

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Comic-Con 2011 Panel

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Comic-Con 2011 Panel

By Dana Vinson - Posted Jul 13, 2011

Comic-Con 2011

Fighting fans! Come to this panel to hear the fantastic news about this legendary fighting game franchise straight from producer Ryota Niitsuma. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek as well as a chance to come onstage to showcase your fighting skills against each other for fantastic prizes. Followed by a Q&A session.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Comic-Con 2011 Panel

Fighting game panels are always a big hit at Comic-Con and the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 panel at Comic-Con 2011 was no exception; however, the panel was bittersweet in a way. All the big character announcements that Capcom had lined up as a special treat for its fans at Comic-Con had been leaked through their website earlier in the week, but as the panel got underway with the traditional Capcom chant, the audience got pumped.

Moderated by famed Capcom community manager Seth Killian, the panel consisted of Producer Ryota Niitsuma from Capcom and Chris Baker from Marvel. First up were a run down of new features for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 including spectator mode (which was sadly missing from MvC 3) and a tweaked X-Factor, which will be useable for ground attacks, as well as in the air.


Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3


Next, they moved onto talking about the four new officially announced characters: Strider and Firebrand from Capcom and Hawkeye and Ghost Rider from Marvel. Because this was Capcom's panel, they showed two character videos for Strider and Firebrand, which were met with with wild applause. The audience was told that they'd have to attend a later Marvel panel to see the videos for Ghost Rider and Hawkeye.

The new characters came with information about new costumes for everyone, two per character to be exact. While Capcom's offerings were pulled from earlier games, the Marvel characters were a mix from both games and comic books. Each costume has a unique backstory and included Mohawk Storm from the early 1980s, Spider-Man from Future Foundation, Super Nintendo Strider, Original Sentinel, and Evil Hawkeye and Wolverine from Marvel Super Heroes: War of Gems.


Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3


That wasn't the only character news, however. Seth Killian showed screenshots of the special DLC pre-order costumes. The highlights included Cyber Akuma, and what Killian referred to as "Casual Friday Morrigan." There was also an incredibly cool looking version of M.O.D.O.K. who looked suspiciously like Elvis, but when the audience started to coo, Killian cooled them by saying, "Don't say Elvis. If you say Elvis, we owe someone some money."

Next up, Niitsuma (through the help of a translator) announced that they had a "special treat" for the audience, which was a very early version of the opening CG movie for Ultimate MvC3. The new intro had a very different energy to it when compared to the one for MvC3. It was slow moving, but epic, as the camera explored spectacular comic book stills in 3D. We were warned that it was very short, and indeed it was, but the video was a sweet taste of what's in store for Ultimate's release.

The panel then selected two audience members to play a live Ultimate MvC3 match in front of the panel, with one player repping for Capcom and the other for Marvel. It was the live gameplay that really brought the crowd to life, but unfortunately, Capcom got handled. No one really wanted the play to stop, but the panel had to make time for the Q&A.


Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

During the Q&A, a fan asked about the story and, although they couldn't say much, Killian noted that there would expanded story elements and "single-player surprises." A few questions later, a brave young man got up and asked why there weren't more ethnic characters in the game. It was a question that the panel had to sort of uncomfortably dance around, not because there isn't a good answer, but because the actual answer would have probably been unsatisfactory. Killian tried to deflect by saying that there's a lot they have to consider when putting characters into the game, including what fight mechanics they can program, and that's it's more complicated than just picking favorites. Plus, he mentioned, what would you consider Firebrand? He mused that the gargoyle was probably Italian. Then added that the problem wasn't limited to ethnicity, and that Ultimate was "a bit of a sausage fest" this time around.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3


By the end of the panel, the audience was salivating for a chance to get their hands on the game, and many of them rushed to the show floor to get hands on with the game. For the rest of you, you'll have to wait until this fall to demolish your friends and loved ones.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 15th, 2011.


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