Amaterasu, Thor blaze trail for Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Comic-Con 2010: Capcom and Marvel announce Okami sun god and Norse god of thunder for the star-studded roster.

Who was there: Both Capcom and Marvel Entertainment representatives took to the stage at the Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds panel. From Capcom, there was Seth Killian (special advisor on MVC3) and Ryota Niitsuma (producer). Representing Marvel were Frank Tieri (writer) and TQ Jefferson (director of games at Marvel).

Amaterasu administers a beatdown.

What they talked about: Seth Killian took to the podium first to give some quick background on the history of the Marvel and Capcom relationship, pointing out previous games in the series of "versus" fighting games. He also mentioned that the same engine--called MT Framework--used to power games like Resident Evil 5 is working its magic on Marvel vs. Capcom 3. The development team at Capcom is making sure that the visual style of the game has some comic book-style flourishes and that special endings, as well as in-game events, appease fans of both sides.

Killian then introduced the members of the Marvel crew. Jefferson said that it's an honor to be able to work on this project and that neither side has been sitting idle in the 10 years separating Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and its sequel. In fact, it sounded like it was a deliberate move so that Marvel could remove obstacles and barriers that initially prevented them from putting specific Marvel heroes in the game.

Tieri--who wrote the script for Marvel vs. Capcom 3--described himself as the "Marvel Cop." He's responsible for making sure that Marvel characters act and say things in a way that's appropriate for their characters. He's written comics for just about every major Marvel character, so fans shouldn't be worried in that respect, but he wanted to reassure Capcom fans that not only was he a huge fan of Marvel Super Heroes on the PlayStation (a predecessor to the Versus series), but also he was taking the time to research the characters he wasn't completely familiar with.

What's particularly interesting is that Tieri said the entire library of characters from both sides were available to him when it comes to the endings for the characters. He even went so far as to say that some characters--like Ghost Rider and Man-Thing--would make cameo appearances but won't be playable.

Capcom's Niitsuma followed Tieri's speech with a little bit of information about the gameplay. The team based the design around Marvel vs. Capcom 2, so fans of that game should find it instantly familiar--"like an old pair of shoes," he said. However, he added that they're not ignoring newcomers. As such, special moves and combinations are easy to execute, and the addition of new characters puts more players on even footing because no one knows them well.

Niitsuma then went onto show trailers for six new characters. Yes, six. In addition to the four (Chun-Li, Dr. Doom, Super Skrull, and Trish) announced at the beginning of Comic-Con, Niitsuma played trailers for two new characters announced today--Thor and Amaterasu.

Thor looks like an absolute beast with combinations that make extensive use of his hammer. Similarly, Amaterasu (from Capcom's Okami) is no slouch either, as she's able to use a sword that springs from her back, as well several different types of projectile attacks that correspond to the elements of nature. The crowd reacted quite positively to both characters, but there were more notable gasps and ogling for Amaterasu.

The panel concluded with a quick tournament that gave audience members a chance to play the game and win Marvel vs. Capcom arcade sticks. Niitsuma then added that the classic music tracks from the previous Marvel vs. Capcom are being remixed for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and that some characters, like Ryu and Chun-Li, are getting entirely new themes based on those from other games.

Quotes:"This will be the greatest fighting game of all time," said an obviously enthusiastic Frank Tieri.

"It will have color," joked Ryota Niitsuma while the projector during the panel showed the game in black and white.

Takeaway: It's clear that this is much more of a collaborative effort between Marvel and Capcom than any previous game in the series and that both sides are quite excited about the project. What's even more obvious is that fans from both sides seem to really enjoy it and get really excited trying to guess and suggest new characters for the game.

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121 comments
xw1ng
xw1ng

thats awesome. you get to play as a DOG in this game. badass. this game will be awesome just because of that.

Goomba_Lord37
Goomba_Lord37

Putting Ammy in this game is awesome. I think I might just get this now.

Da4biddenOne
Da4biddenOne

I know this game will move at a fast pace but it sure would be kool if they can add-in some taunts for each fighter to give them more personality.

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

@Da4biddenOne they wouldnt b able to have blade in their game becuz blade is an independant comic unless capcom feels like shelling out another million + the billion they spent on making this game

lannyboy334
lannyboy334

Wow, that is so bloody fast and intensely awesome, I will definitely have to play this one

chaldoboy14
chaldoboy14

Amaterasu!? XD This game is going to own in so many ways.

johnjcoe9198
johnjcoe9198

I don't have a comment, but a question: Since the game is modeled in 3D, will the characters have alternate outfits, like Thor's ULTIMATE costume, or the Bucky Barnes/Captain America costume? Or will we get the same old palette swaps?

Death_182
Death_182

I can tell that this game is gonna be awesome .

Prime05
Prime05

Pretty freakin sweet!!! jabstrongfirece!

Da4biddenOne
Da4biddenOne

Capcom if you are reading this PLEASE bring Blade to Marvel vs Capcom 3. There are so many things you guys could do with him.

198d
198d

amateratsu for teh win

DuncanM908
DuncanM908

It's a... *puts on sunglasses* THORNADO.

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

playing Amaterasu will be interesting

eyebrowless
eyebrowless

the only fighting games i usually play are Super Smash Bros, but i'm definitely getting this game. Looks fun as hell

Transparanoia
Transparanoia

I haven't bought a fighting game since Tekken 3, but this... This is definitely on my list.

devincilancer
devincilancer

never really liked fighting games.... but this makes this a sell

luffy11234
luffy11234

sold sold sold sold sold sol...... (if u get the idea im happy)

Crazyplayer042
Crazyplayer042

So yeah. I had absolutely no interest in this game, and now Okami is in it. Consider it bought.

The_Mercenary
The_Mercenary

Now I see some good characters added to the mix. Hopefully they bring in a MH character I vote in either Kirin Armor Girl or Rathalos Armor Male or both ^_^.

Suke101
Suke101

A year from release and it is already looking awesome =D

Pete5506
Pete5506

The game is looking great

BTroxell
BTroxell

I hope they make a bundle with the game and 2 fight sticks. Cause I really want to get back into fighting games and save some money while I'm at it. This probably isn't going to happen though and I'll have to shell out a crapload of money for some decent ones. It's so awesome that Amaterasu is in the game, I loved everything about Okami. This is going to be sick.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

i wont be buying any fighters till i get this one it just wouldnt be fair on them BUT wheres jill damit!

crabapple87
crabapple87

i think they pleased alot of people with the inclusion of amaterasu.

Flint247
Flint247

This game looks SICK. o.o

AlonaLight
AlonaLight

:D SO HAPPY! They decided to put Okami! I can't wait to try this game out.

somedude342
somedude342

......................OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is going to be the most EPIC fighting games ever i can hardly wait...

NoobNationUK
NoobNationUK

Never thought it would be THIS good... cant wait....

KamikazeDonut
KamikazeDonut

Funny when I played Okami I thought the rosary beads sucked, but now they look great.

MFreeSoul
MFreeSoul

wow Okami !! AaHHHHH i really wanna see other bad a** characters like Strider Hiryu, Daredevil and the most bad a** Nemesis from R Evil..Hell Yeah !!!!!!!

Nosnitsttam
Nosnitsttam

i was so happy to see amaterasu. okami was such a great game and she kicks so much a** in the video

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

Ooooh, I didn't think they'd put Amaterasu in this title. . . I just want to see Deadpool doing something funky to k.o. his opponents. . .

madd_hatter
madd_hatter

OMFG! THOR AND AMATERASU! This is EPIC WIN!

cheezmanblob
cheezmanblob

i was never a big fan of fighting games, but i can see myself enjoying this one

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

I really love the fact that there's so many new characters in this one, but I hope they add some classic characters as DLC. I want my Gambit, Psylocke, Captain Commando, Son Son, Jin and Hayato! And where's Ken? Are they really not going to have Ken? That seems very un-Capcom like.

Mafia217
Mafia217

Okami is going to be a must have in my team oh yeah!

Hakud0ushi
Hakud0ushi

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DarkZero_0x
DarkZero_0x

Its good to see Okami in there who can beat a god but where is someone form Breath Of Fire but if they are DLC i will not complain.

anime_gamer007
anime_gamer007

Sweet, I didn't expect to see this. I love Okami and looks like Amaterasu got some pretty sweet moves.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Amaterasu will destroy all. I really need to have a second playthrough of Okami. One of the best games ever made. FACT!