ï»¿As part of the special edition for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, players were able to unlock two additional characters for their already well-balanced roster: Shuma Gorath and Jill Valentine. While these two characters were listed as being downloadable, it turns out, thanks to the works of an intrepid hacker, at least Jill is actually coded onto the retail disc.
Poking through the files contained on the MvC 3 disc, much in the same fashion that the remains of Dr. Octopus and Frank West were found, a wily hacker discovered that by switching out certain files with those for Viewtiful Joe, they were able to play as Jill Valentine.
Unfortunately, in selecting Jill, the hacker had to sacrifice the previously occupied spot of Joe. Furthermore, while Jill is completely playable within the confines of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, her voice files are missing. So, if you are smart enough to pull off the type of magic this guy did, be prepared to say "bye bye" to Viewtiful Joe and "hello" to mute Jill.
Shuma Gorath, the other half of the DLC duo however, has not been discovered on the disc, but one can imagine, after this news, there has to be a few hackers desperately searching.
Though a lot still comes packaged as part of the special edition of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, one of the main determining factors behind its purchase is sure to have been the additional characters. Unfortunately, knowing that those characters are little more than unlocks accessed by shelling out a few more dollars cheapens the experience for the gamer.
It isn’t unheard of for developers to “lock” various elements of their game, only to later charge for them to be accessed through DLC, but no matter how many times it happens it doesn’t lighten the blow. Still, we here at Game Rant are big fans of those fighters included as part of the retail version of Marvel vs. Capcom, even if there are a few lurking in the shadows.
Do you think it is okay for a publisher to include items as part of a special edition even though they are coded onto the retail disc? Will we ever see the day when DLC is, in some form or another, solely downloadable?
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is out now for the Xbox 360 and PS3.