Marvel vs. Capcom 3 to launch by end of March

Publisher's annual report pegs crossover fighting game debut for first quarter of 2011, changes release timing strategy.

With the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 fight card nearly fleshed out, it's about time to set a date for the crossover brawler. While Capcom has previously listed the game as a "spring 2011" release, the publisher's annual report to investors today confirmed that Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is scheduled for the fourth quarter of its current fiscal year, which runs January 1-March 31, 2011.

For fans of Tron Bonne, March 31 can't come soon enough.

If Marvel vs. Capcom 3 makes that launch window, the fighter would continue a Capcom tradition of launching high-profile games in the post-holiday period. In recent years, Capcom has launched hits like Resident Evil 4 and 5, Street Fighter IV, and Devil May Cry 4 in the January-March quarter. However, it appears the publisher will be adding to that list at a slower clip in the future.

"Traditionally, the demand for other companies' major software peaked during the Christmas season, which corresponds to the third quarter of the Japanese fiscal year," Capcom said in its annual report. "For this reason, Capcom followed a strategy whereby we launched multiple major titles in the comparatively slow fourth [fiscal year] quarter. However, in recent years, other companies began following the same strategy, making the release of multiple titles in the fourth quarter a risky proposition."

That strategy has already begun taking effect. Earlier this year, Capcom delayed Monster Hunter Tri, Super Street Fighter IV, and Lost Planet 2 rather than put them up against an unusually crowded field of first-quarter releases.

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japanesegoth
japanesegoth

if they do DLC characters i'm gonna flip out...especially if it's within a couple months of release

derek3257
derek3257

I thank the heavens everyday since they annouced this game was coming out. It's going to be the best birthday gift ever....well almost the best.

anthonycg
anthonycg

The release date is just too far away to care about this. Yes it will be great and I WILL buy it but I could care less about it right now. There are lots of games coming out THIS YEAR so uh...

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Henninger
Henninger

To keep hearing these updates & roster inclusions is torture!!! I want this game now!!! Just give me the unfinished version. I'll take it & run with it! & then i'll get the full version when it drops.

Evenios
Evenios

there is indeed 3DS news. Metal Gear Solid 3 has been annouced to come for the 3DS in 2011 that is news. and My Garden from EA was also annouced for the 3DS, also news. (with photos and a trailer) it may not be a "major game" but i think its nice to show off what the 3DS can do. I think gamespot has been slipping on what they reported lately...and need to get teh ball rolling. yes release date rumors are still rumors but TGS did bring at least 2 news bits on the 3DS!

nickzambuto
nickzambuto

must... have... this... game.....NOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I will be getting it, such good news

necorid
necorid

I'm glad Trish is in this. Now Dante can finally fill her dark soul with LLLIIIIGGGHHHTTT!!!

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

Waiting to see Jugg's. Devil may cry characters are a nice addition. Hope they do a DLC character pack but later on based on fan feedback and not characters that should have been included in the game to begin with, DLC before the games ships is depressing and a ripoff as is DLC that comes out just a few weeks after the game ships.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

I'd hate it if more characters had to be downloaded. That's a part of the game that should be fully included.

Crashbox45
Crashbox45

Sounds like we may not have to wait long for MvC3 to come out!

firehawk998
firehawk998

Awewsome news I have waiting a long time for this title and have fond memories spending hours fighting against my brother and friends. @OaklandRaiderz :- technically the game has 6 button configuration. 3 of the them are for the attacks, 1 of them is for launching a character in the air for air combo and the other two are assist/ switch another character button.

VFXman
VFXman

Never thought id see ironman n viewtiful joe fighting together...

King-gamer
King-gamer

This game will be awesome. I can't wait for the sequel I've been waiting for nearly a decade!!

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

I cant wait as for the roster im still waiting for capcom to put phoenix wright Sakura would be good since she's WAY different from Ryu. Its not that i dont like Ken or akuma, rather they are basic clones. War machine looks like he's fully replaced by Iron man so it would be nice to not see any clones

Superzone
Superzone

Awesome. Should be done with Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 by that time so it'll be perfect :)

MGSKojima
MGSKojima

the 31st is my bday so it would be a perfect ending to march if they release it before or on that day.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

So only 20 characters and roughly 6 months from release. Something tells me we're gonna be buying unlock codes disguised as "DLC" for $5 a pop if we want more characters.... Feels like Capcom is doggin it lately while the greed spreads. With that said, I still want this game, but more characters would be nice. Still haven't seen Akuma, Vergil, Magneto, Gambit, Spider-man, etc

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

If it comes out before the 15th of March, that'll be the best b-day, EVAR!!!

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

Go for the Christmas season Capcom!!! Any major 2D fighting game launch on that season?

wreckman
wreckman

So far the only thing this game is missing is an actual MegaMan

MKID232
MKID232

Is Jill in this game? If not, I'm going to be a bit more skeptical about buying this.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Hoping they announce more stuff before the end of the year.

AngryFingers
AngryFingers

Want to see more characters if they plan to release this game so soon.

Guzthon
Guzthon

I don't know, but I have a feeling that the release will be in spring. But we must check the updates thorughout the fiscal year (2011-2011). Anyway, great news.

IronFist2099
IronFist2099

Would really like to see a few lesser known heroes in the game like Iron Fist, Nova, Darkhawk & Sleep Walker. Can not wait to get my hands on the game.

ThePhantomGamer
ThePhantomGamer

As much as I want to get my hands on MvC3, I would rather them push it back some so they can work on it some more.

OaklandRaiderz
OaklandRaiderz

does anyone know if mvc3 will have 4 or 6 attack buttons? i hope its 4, regardless i still cant wait to get my hands on this game.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

It's a shame the character roster apparently isn't going to be as large as that of MvC2, but at least Tron Bonne's in it.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

A good friend of mine played it at PAX. He said it looked awesome, but that I shouldn't play MvC2 to get ready for it, the controls are too different. Can't wait for a demo to check them out myself.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Cool Tron Boone is in the game. Her PS1 games is selling for over $100 on Ebay. I might have to sell my sealed copy as they are going for over $150.

Art3Zero
Art3Zero

I bet Master Chief will be one of the characters.

junitono1
junitono1

as much as i know this will be an incredibly unbalanced fighter, i still wanna play it.

dovberg
dovberg

I wonder what the final roster will be, I'm sure there has to be more. They haven't even shown Spider Man yet. That would be like no Ryu.

maaly81
maaly81

I know its seems ambitious but I hope they have characters like omega red and a lot of old MVC. MVC2 characters...at sam time I hope they exclude some I know I didnt like or use in the series.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Hope they'll announce more characters between now and before the game's release in march. I still would like to who the final boss of the game will be. and weather or not they will include Juggernaut.