Marvel showdown rages on 360, PS3

EA Chicago bringing original fighting franchise featuring superheroes and villains to next-gen consoles in 2008.

Despite diversifying its offerings over the years, the heart of Comic-Con International: San Diego remains comics and the superheroes (and villains) that define them. In honor of this year's Comic-Con (which wraps up this weekend), EA announced today it would be bringing an as-yet-unnamed original fighting game featuring the Marvel license to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2008.

No stranger to the fighting genre, Marvel's superheroes have been featured in several 2D and 3D fighting games, including the Marvel vs. Capcom series and EA's own Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects. Never ones to shy away from a dustup, EA's Chicago studio will develop Marvel's latest fighting game. EA Chicago's most recent credits include the hip-hop rhythmic brawler Def Jam: Icon and the sweat-glistened boxing sim Fight Night Round 3.

Details on the game were not specified, but EA Chicago's effervescent general manager and vice president Kudo Tsunoda did say that the game would feature "a great all-star lineup of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains with incredible powers that are authentic to the fiction, huge environments, and a living world that keeps the gameplay fresh; every battle will be unique, every battle will be like a first edition."

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185 comments
RockaWuzHur
RockaWuzHur

I agree with bionicfilmer, I haven't she-hulk in anything execpt for the comics. It will be interesting to see how she fares in a game.

bionicflmer
bionicflmer

I am really excited to learn more about this game. I hope they don't drop the ball on the character choices though. I want to see The Thing, and She-Hulk

taoren13
taoren13

actually capcom would have to redraw every single sprite to fit in with the next gen consoles, that could take an impressive amount of time and money (look how long its taking for SSFIIT: HD remix) that after buying the license from marvel would be a great risk for such a project. Now i know some people may say that MvsC3 would rock, but with how bad the latest fighting games from capcom have sucked (fighting Jam lol!) i don't think they wanna take the risk.

bourne2083
bourne2083

well if it's on the 360 and ps3 atleast it will look good ..... hopefally

chrono_wind
chrono_wind

I can see the game being extremely flashy like Def Jam Icon with crap blowing up and characters sent flying, but I doubt the fighting will be exciting at all. I just can't see EA Chicago being able to create any Marvel charm in the Marvel universe. I'm expecting to see some fast paced action, especially from some of Marvel's agile characters. Though, knowing EA, I doubt that will happen.

thekey
thekey

I hope they don't mess this one up like they did Marvel Rise of the imperfects. LOL!! That game was JUNK! The title alone tells you to stay away from it.

tdfury
tdfury

hope they don't mess this up like they did with the defjam francise

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

Sounds like a form of City of Heroes but without the MMO crap. Could be good, but could be lame. Maybe something like a Dragonball game where you can knock dudes through buildings and projectile attacks from long range. I'd like to see a multiplayer 4-16 player online game in a city area with a choice of dozens of Marvel characters. If multiple people choose a character they can be different iterations from over the years.

heroface
heroface

Probably in your streets of rage II game case retro head... think about it, there's probably some connection.. either way it doesn't matter.. you clicked on it AFTER seeing the headline.. so there!

thatguy0130
thatguy0130

Why is this article listed under the Twisted Metal game? This has nothing to do with Twisted Metal. Here I was hoping to find some new information on some sequel to Twisted Metal Black or something similar and all I get are comic book heroes. Where is my new Twisted Metal Game???

bez2083
bez2083

I can call this one right off the bat. Just imagine Def Jam Icon with superheroes. I'm almost certain they'll use the same game engine for it.

Anabub
Anabub

Yeah new super hero fighting game ... Noooooo it's being made by EA ... enough said :(

hotrider12
hotrider12

marvel vs. capcom 3 has been out in japan for 4 years now it just have not made it to america yet for some strange legal reason ( red tape b.s.) and if EA going to make this new game Im sure it'll suck they cant make a decent need for speed game so you know how this new marvel game going to be. they need to past it back to capcom or to konami

FiddleStick
FiddleStick

this is gonna suck. its EA taking a good license and flushing it down the crapper. thats EA's style. take a good idea or license and totally waste it.

GuyverV
GuyverV

" mean yes i understand that EA has let us down in almost every game they brought out, but this is a Marvel game, very different from fight night and Def Jam....so relax and see what happens....if they mess up this one then we can complain like ****" lol, i suppose that you've never heard of rise of the imperfects. complete crap. superhero games should only be made my activision and capcom. well, maybe that's a bit too far. but EA sure as hell shouldn't be allowed to be near anyone else in the spandex wearing crowd. they messed up batman, superman and a host of marvel characters with rise of the imperfects. where im from, three strikes is all you get...

x2x3x2
x2x3x2

I bet they'll make it 3D n be nothing like the previous capcom fighting games referenced in this article.

vonkronz
vonkronz

They better do comic-book quality showdown build-ups, and HUGE arenas for fights, these arent guys from Tekken DOA or Virtua Fighter, heroes and villains alike need LOTS of space so attributes like speed, flight, and teleportation matter, the ones from "Imperfects" constrained them too much.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

ehh not interested. there still hasnt been a good comic based game yet

GogetaX
GogetaX

Why can't they just make Marvel vs. Capcom 3!?!?!/ Effing licensing.

rl_41
rl_41

Horribly interesting. I hope its not a disappointment like that "imperfects" game.

magicmo
magicmo

Will reserve any opinions when I see some screen shots and some game play videos.

juddstudd
juddstudd

holy crap. ill be waitin on this one.

triniprince1420
triniprince1420

I mean yes i understand that EA has let us down in almost every game they brought out, but this is a Marvel game, very different from fight night and Def Jam....so relax and see what happens....if they mess up this one then we can complain like ****

cyberwasteland
cyberwasteland

They better not squander this opportunity with a bad game. Superhero fighting games are some of the best out there. It would be real depressing if they made another bad one.

TheVinster
TheVinster

Why does EA have to make everything and then destroy them into little bits of sadness. :(

JockDarkside
JockDarkside

i hope the right analog stick only moves the camera and that gameplay is nothing like defjam icon

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

Man Rise of the imperfects was a really bad game. Hope EA doesnt makes the same mistake again.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

I wish they would make this a really good game. I mean, if they wanted to make it an AWESOME game, just walk into Comic-Con, stand in front of the Marvel booth, and point out 5 random people to do the games concept and characters. Wow.... that was one hard game to make, wasn't it? I know this would never happen and too many points of view would conflict with the game, but wouldn't you rather have a game made by the fans for the fans? Like the old Megaman games for the NES and SNES?

teh_leeto
teh_leeto

fight night was awesome, i'm looking for a super heroes fighting game better than the marvel vs capcom series.

Guannoboy
Guannoboy

Fight Night is a great game, but unfortunately like all other EA games, the series hasn't shown much improvement since the first. I could see this being decent, but knowing its EA you know they will never release a great sequal.

GaussGoat
GaussGoat

Fight Night was an outstanding game with fluid controls. I didn't play Def Jam Icon, but I hope they can produce a solid product here. All I know is that Marvel vs Capcom 2 will be tough to beat; that game was amazing.

lonline
lonline

Mind you the Def Jam game on the PS3 was pretty lame, if they can go back and resemble it like its PS2 incarnations they we'd be in for a good show...

roryk666
roryk666

if the dudes that made the def jam games make it , it could be good. they kinda knew what they were doing but the def jam lisence is crap for fighting games. marvel is perfect

Dreski83
Dreski83

I see yer lips moving, but all I hear is "5 characters to choose from, limited environments, lame use of powers, and possibly a online mode that plays like an after thought" Maybe its just me...

blackguy87
blackguy87

SteadyShark "Oh great - here comes EA to mess things up again with their money-making schemes" just like they did with Def Jam! I mean, how do you mess up such a good franchise!

mathiasX
mathiasX

just hope its an RPG open ended game and not one of those lame fighting games like street fighter.

jonnytohotty
jonnytohotty

please have venom and carnage in this game!!!! am i the only one that actaully liked nemesis?

Thanos1960
Thanos1960

There's always a big "if" with these projects. If they can pull it off, the only way for it to be successful is that format of the game is all -inconclusive with the range of powers, abilities, and co-op play features that mimic the actual comic book characters to the T.

SteadyShark
SteadyShark

Oh great - here comes EA to mess things up again with their money-making schemes.

Jebril
Jebril

CAPCOM VS MARVEL 3!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Cries alittle inside*

MayIbURpimp
MayIbURpimp

EA is attempting another fighting game the only thing EA is good for are sports and sad to say I never played any sports game.

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

I'm sure there will be a download-able demo for it before releases, but I'm really skeptical about it. EA GET WITH CAPCOM ON THIS!

laudude7
laudude7

Western Superheroes need to be done by Japanese developers if they want them to look and play well. There is something so lame with western animation that lacks the style and punch of something like MvC. It is so painful to see how garbage the Imperfects would be during the previews.

jvonrader
jvonrader

Icon was a perfectly playable, competent game. FNR3 was great. Nemesis was crap, but this game is made by the team behind the two former. Icon was every bit as good as FFNY - neither were great, but they worked a hell of a lot better than Nemesis. I'll look forward to it.

teammojo
teammojo

Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects was horrible for a 3D fighter but the EA Chicago team did a great job on Fight Night Round 3 which gives me hope for the new game. I still won't buy it until after the review because Nemesis was sooo bad.

MrSickVisionz
MrSickVisionz

Well, if they can't do Marvel vs Capcom 3 (another reason to hate exclusive licensing in video games), what about DC vs Capcom, Image vs Capcom or just "Any Video Game Comapny Thats Willing To Do It vs Capcom"? They could even do anime titles vs capcom. As long as the game is in the same vein as MvC series, i'll be there day one to purchase.