Well, this is an all-around shitty story. It has been revealed that the newly-announced Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was originally planned as downloadable content for regular ol’ plain jane Marvel vs. Capcom 3. However, due to the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami, as well as health problems suffered by the game’s staff, Capcom re-approached their strategy with the title and decided to release it as a budget retail release, states a Famitsu interview conducted with Capcom (translated by Andriasang).
For consumers, this news sucks. I’m not trying to be insensitive to the thousands affected by the quake and tsunami, but taking more money out of your loyal consumers’ pockets to compensate for your company’s less-than-stellar work conditions is inexcusable. It’s the exact opposite approach to want to be taking to pay back your fan-base for their continual support over the years. Much like with the multiple re-releases of Street Fighter IV, a completely new version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a hard pill to shallow, especially in light of these new details.
But let us not forgot, Capcom has been taking this double/triple dip approach to their most popular franchises for decades. Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 are not the first titles to do this, and they certainly won’t be the last if people rush out and willingly buy Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for its 12 new fighters, online spectator mode and gameplay balancing enhancements.
If you’re still interested in picking up Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 when it releases in November, by all means, go for it. I, on the other hand, will be sitting this one out. I just can’t condone this course of action. These unfortunate circumstances do not give Capcom justification to nickle and dime its fanbase, I'm sorry.
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