Marvel vs. Capcom 3 character selection discussed on Strategy Informer

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • January 24, 2011 at 9:16 a.m. PST
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 character selection discussed on Strategy Informer Strategy Informer also posted an interview with Ryota Niitsuma this morning. This covers some of the ins and outs of the character selection process, while also recapping a few other known Marvel vs. Capcom 3 bits, here's a slice from the page.
Strategy Informer: Are there any Capcom or Marvel characters you personally made a push to include?

Ryota Niitsuma: In terms of Marvel characters we pushed for Shuma-Goroth - that’s one of Capcom’s favourite Marvel characters and he appeared in MvC 2. We really wanted him but Marvel were quite reluctant to have him in the game because they felt there were more appropriate characters that could fill that slot out of the limited number that could be included in the game. In the end our passion was acknowledged by Marvel and they’ve allowed us to include him as DLC.

In terms of Capcom characters we wanted to push for one of the most popular franchise heroes we have which is Dante from Devil May Cry. There was a lot of work involved in this. People seem to think that because it’s internal that it’s easy but in fact within Capcom each franchise is heavily guarded by its individual producer. We had to have a pretty lengthy conversation with the producer of DMC but we finally won approval from him to have Dante from Devil May Cry 3 in the game.

Strategy Informer: Street Fighter’s Ken is a notably absent from the roster of playable fighters. What were the reasons for leaving him out, especially given his popularity with players of Street Fighter IV?

Ryota Niitsuma: A big difference between the last game is that MvC 3 doesn’t have any clone characters - every single character has a unique fighting style. Even though Ryu and Akuma appear similar we considered those two to have different fighting styles. We have limited ourselves to four Street Fighter characters since this is a vs. Capcom title and not a vs. Street Fighter one. We wanted this to be a celebration of Capcom and the addition of Ken would make it a lopsided roster toward one franchise.
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