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February 7, 2018 / Jett

Is Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Doomed?


2017 was a rough year for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Mired by critics and fans for its sub-par visuals, a short roster sorely lacking in power, and a gameplay shift to 2v2 combat that was perceived as a step back for the franchise, the game floundered upon release. Even Capcom’s eSports efforts, which helped salvage Street Fighter V, sputtered through a tournament season that felt rushed by the organizers and were poorly-attended.

Things only got worse to start 2018. Based on Capcom’s recent financials, the game shipped a million units. Despite being a seven-figure number, Capcom reports that figure as “soft”. Capcom announced the new season of Capcom Cup and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was notably absent. On top of that, EVO announced its 2018 lineup and the game wasn’t included, marking the first time a Marvel vs. Capcom game didn’t make it.

With poor sales and no support from the largest tournament organizers, is it time to put the tombstone on this game and quite possibly, the series?

Grassroots Support

Capcom Cup and EVO aren’t the only tournaments in town, as there are major tournaments outside of those circuits around the world. Final Round and Winter Brawl are two such majors that still have Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite in their lineup. As of February 6th, Winter Brawl had 133 players signed up for their Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tournament, which puts it ahead of Injustice 2, a game that made it into the EVO roster. Some regions may drop the game, but I think there will be at least enough support to keep its tournament scene alive.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Intervention

Steady grassroots support may be enough to keep the game from falling into complete obscurity, but if this title wanted to reach the success of its predecessors, Marvel and Capcom are going to have to step in. As great as the core fighting game engine is, they bungled pretty much every other aspect of the game, from sub-par graphics, to a weak roster of characters – particularly on the Marvel side, to poor messaging that couldn’t convince people that 2v2 wasn’t worse than 3v3. The game and its reputation at this point are so toxic, and its issues are so ingrained in the current product that official tournament support and more DLC characters probably isn’t enough to right the ship.

I think their only real shot would be some sort of “Ultimate” Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite with cleaned up graphics and X-Men characters, but is it really worth it for Marvel or Capcom to do this now? Especially in the face of Dragon Ball FighterZ, which pretty much demolishes it at its own game?

What’s next?

It may be premature to bury the corpse of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, but its future certainly looks grim. I can see it treading along as a second-tier tournament game for the foreseeable future, but the game in its current trajectory will not ascend to the heights that we would have hoped. As a fan of the series, and a fan of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite in spite of its many hang-ups, I hope Capcom finds a way to bring this game back to life!


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