Capcom Hints At Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Arcade Edition
Producer tells us arcade edition will “definitely be considered” if console version sells well.
Capcom has not ruled out releasing an arcade version of upcoming fighting sequel Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
The game’s producer Ryota Niitsuma tells us that, should next month’s console release be met with strong sales, the publisher will “definitely consider” an arcade release.
“The general plan would be to create a console version, succeed in the market and then create the arcade edition,” Niitsuma says. “So perhaps with MVC3, where we’re contracted for 360 and PS3 first, depending on its performance an arcade edition will definitely be considered.”
Niitsuma goes on to explain how drastically the fighting game scene has changed since the release of Street Fighter IV. Once very much an arcade pastime, the recent resurgence in popularity of fighting games with online modes has led to Capcom shifting its primary focus to consoles.
“When it comes to fighting games, playing against another [player] is the prime purpose,” he says. I think these days people do that over network mode because it’s stress-free. But I also acknowledge the importance of actually, physically meeting up and playing, there’s definitely a different atmosphere to that and I understand why people are so passionate about it.
“It’s definitely something that should be supported. The difficulty is it doesn’t pay very well in terms of company revenue; in terms of priority, console comes first now.”
Capcom’s strategy for a possible arcade edition of the game mirrors their approach to Super Street Fighter IV. After initially staying tight-lipped on a potential arcade version the firm finally released Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition last month, introducing four new characters and a raft of gameplay and balance changes.
Niitsuma was speaking to us as part of an extensive interview covering Marvel Vs Capcom 3’s development.