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Capcom: Expired contract means we can't create or alter UMvC3 content, Marvel says fans will have to wait and see on combining universes

Posted by Jon 'Catalyst' Grey • March 22, 2014 at 9:33 p.m. PDT • Comments: 104

The status of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, or future titles in the series, isn't getting much clearer.

Earlier this month, Marvel stated that they were trying to combine their game universes, similarly to how they've crafted their movies in recent times.

Many fans of UMvC3 wondered what this would mean for the franchise, and one took to Twitter to ask a manager of Marvel's game's division, Chris Baker, if the company combining their game universes would mean there would be no new Marvel vs. Capcom titles.

Baker replied, "Sorry, but I think you're just going to have to wait and see about that one. I can't speak to that."

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Capcom's Peter "Combofiend" Rosas was also recently queried about simply updating the game, adding new menus, music, rebalancing and such, and if that would violate Capcom's contract with Marvel.

"Although we completely acknowledge the community's desire for more content," said Rosas, "Unfortunately our contract with Marvel has expired, and therefore we can not create or alter any of the content in UMvC3."

Back in 2010, former Capcom USA senior vice president, Christian Svensson told EventHubs that he initiated the project with Marvel for the first release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and he also negotiated the contract with them.

"I remain one of the primary business relationship holders with them," added Svensson, at the time. Unfortunately, back in July 2013, Svensson voluntarily left Capcom.

Both of the entries in the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 series have sold a combined total of 3.4 million units to date, with UMvC3 continuing to move copies at a steady pace, at least in recent memory.

While those sales numbers aren't knock you down stellar, they're very solid, as the Street Fighter 4 series has sold over 5.2 million units on the PS3/360 and Mortal Kombat 9 has sold close to 4 million units.

Both of those titles are often considered to be very successful, from a fighting game sales standpoint.

What all of this will mean for the Marvel vs. Capcom series at this point is unclear, as there's obviously strong interest from gamers and very solid sales numbers to back them up.

Marvel has said outright that they're reshaping some aspects of how they handle their games though, and we'll just have to wait and see if another partnership with Capcom fits their vision going forward.

Sources: Chris Baker's Twitter and the Ask Capcom forums. Tip from Blazebwoy.
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