Up until a few years ago, the fighting game genre was in a struggle to find its place among the action titles of the next gen console era. Gamers would be surprised to hear that even publishers like Capcom, a house known for delivering top tier fighting titles, began to shy away from the games that had helped fuel their early success.

In Speaking with Famitsu, producer on Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Ryota Niitsuma discussed the fighting game genre’s resurgence, detailed how characters were chosen for MvC, and dropped a few hints in regards to the online play.

Though it seems like a slam-dunk in retrospect, at one point Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was pushed to the back burner in favor of more action oriented games. No longer seeing the value in the fighting game genre, Capcom took some convincing before they gave the green light (independent of one another) to Street Fighter 4 and Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Speaking about the characters, Niitsuma revealed that when choosing who made the cut for Marvel vs. Capcom, new characters were given priority. It wasn’t about providing fan service but was about including some of Capcom’s more popular characters from the past 10 years. Of course favorites from the second game were going to make their return, but their return was first and foremost to add balance.

With currently about 20 or so characters revealed for the game, Niitsuma says that there will be some 30+ characters on the retail disc. What already seemed like a pretty robust offering has just been made that much sweeter knowing that we still have 10 or so more character reveals to go.

One element that has allowed Street Fighter to enjoy such a long lifespan has been its online play. Not to be outdone, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is confirmed to have an online multiplayer component, but at the time of the interview details were slim. Niitsuma did reveal that the developers are looking into a 6-on-6 mode that would see each character being controlled by a different player. While it might not make it into the final game, perhaps support could be added through a future update.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has fighting game fans and casual gamers alike perking their ears as characters they have become familiar with get added to the roster. Game Rant’s hope is that titles like Marvel vs. Capcom and Street Fighter are only the beginning of the fighting game’s return.

What do you think started the trend that brought fighting games back into the limelight? Was it the release of Street Fighter 4 or something else? Does a 6-on-6 mode feel too cluttered, or could it be just right for online play?

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds releases February 15, 2011, on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Source: Famitsu (via Andria Sang)

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