Multiple sources tell the outlet Polygon that the fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is currently in development, with its release window being sometime in 2017.
Despite rumors of the release for Marvel vs. Capcom 4 being denied by the game's developers just recently, it seems as if the crossover fighting game is on track to be released on current generation consoles quite soon. As it happens, Polygon is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed that the title from the comic book publisher and video game developer is presently being worked on, and that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 has a release window for sometime in 2017.
Additionally, if Polygon's sources are to be believed, it won't be long from now that fans will get a closer look at the title, as Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is to be revealed this week alongside Sony’s PlayStation Experience 2016 event. Interestingly enough, this year's PSX is also going to be where the Capcom Cup 2016 Street Fighter 5 tournament will also be held, giving the unveiling of MvC 4 an added bit of relevance.
According to the report from Polygon, fans of the fighting game franchise should expect a lot of the characters from Marvel's roster to be heavily influenced by the company's cinematic universe from the past decade, with potential picks being more in favor of superheroes from movies like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy instead of there being lots of X-Men fighters. Nevertheless, this isn't to say that there won't be any mutant characters such as series veterans like Magneto, Storm, and Wolverine, but there will likely be a lot less of them than in previous entries.
Aside from Marvel's lineup of brawlers, not much is known about which characters could be included on Capcom's side. As far as the most recent entry in the series is concerned with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the developer relied more so on its popular franchises such as Devil May Cry, Street Fighter, and Resident Evil to fill out its roster. However, if the company takes a similar tack with its fighters as with the Marvel figures, then it's quite possible for fans to get a taste of more obscure or unexpected characters.
While news of Marvel vs. Capcom 4 making its way to consoles is undoubtedly exciting for die-hard fans of the crossover fighting franchise, one can only hope it doesn't eventually meet the same dismal fate of its predecessors. At the end of 2013, the series was removed from digital sale due to Capcom's license with Marvel expiring, which led to the developer being unable to make any more post-launch changes to the titles. Of course, it's too premature to even speculate on such a scenario happening with MvC 4.
Not too long ago, Capcom stated its plans for Street Fighter 5 to receive support through 2020 due to the developer wanting to increase its revenue through the burgeoning medium of eSports. So, with Marvel vs. Capcom 4's precursor in UMvC 3 still being an incredibly popular title among fighting game fanatics and professional players on the EVO tournament circuit, there's a high chance of the developer providing plenty of post-launch support for the fourth entry in the series after its potential release next year.
Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is currently speculated to be releasing sometime in 2017.