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Update: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is not a part of the Capcom Pro Tour, and that's a pretty big cause for concern

What can be done to turn things around for the crossover fighting title?

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • February 20, 2018 at 10:06 a.m. PST • Comments: 207

Updated 10:03 a.m. PST, Tues. February 20, 2018: A Capcom spokesperson has told EventHubs that the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 will continue to focus on Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the Season 3 characters.

Earlier: We've been doing a lot of reporting on the current state of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite lately. After "soft sales" (according to Capcom) and what has felt like waning community interest, things haven't been looking good for the five-month-old crossover fighter.

Just this morning, Capcom unveiled their plans for the 2018 Pro Tour. As expected, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is the main game on the tournament circuit, however, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was absent.

While there was never official word about MvCI being included on the Pro Tour, seeing it join the circuit would have been a strong indicator that further support for the game was indeed inbound. Unfortunately, the game's future is seeming more and more grim as the days go by.

The first major cause for concern came about during the Battle for the Stones finals at the PlayStation Experience back in December. Once the tournament concluded, there was no announcement of things to come for Marvel Infinite, despite Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono's appearance on stage -- where he presented Jonathan "FORT|Cloud805" Morales with the Infinity Gauntlet trophy -- and the fact that Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition saw two large reveals after the Capcom Cup later that night.

Another red flag was raised earlier this month when the Evolution 2018 tournament line up was officially unveiled and, once again, Marvel Infinite was missing. The Marvel vs. Capcom series is a staple at EVO, with a long legacy of hype and incredible moments that have elevated to legendary status over the years.

In fact, 2018 is the first time in 18 years that the series won't have representation on the main EVO line up.

EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, addressed the omission of Marvel during the EVO line up live stream. Answering the "When's Marvel?" question directly, Cuellar noted that game has "fizzled out."

"It's not to talk smack on Marvel or anything," Wizard said. "It's always been a great game for EVO [and] it's had a stoic 15 years at EVO. It was the main game for eight straight years, it was crazy.

"But I don't think people are playing it, and that's the problem. We've always had to support games that people actually play."

EVO's Global Business Development Manager, Mark "MarkMan" Julio, took to Twitter later that day to add more on the subject. He noted that game publishers / developers don't always grant the permission needed to feature a title at events, while also seemingly absolving Capcom and the community of blame for the game's absence.

With today's news of MvCI not being a part of the Capcom Pro Tour, it definitely feels like strike number three for the crossover fighting title. The chances of us seeing more support for the game are seeming less and less likely.

So, what can we hope to see from Marvel Infinite going forward? What can be done to turn things around?

One way that Capcom could potentially continue to support the game is with a sequel to the Battle for the Stones tournament circuit. As a separate entity from the CPT, this series would ultimately feature less events than the Pro Tour -- like we saw last year -- and could conclude at the end of the year, bringing the best players around the world together for the finals.

Taking this route could potentially be less commitment than full-fledged Pro Tour status, and having some form of eSports presence can do wonders for the game, adding more incentive for fans to compete.

Though it might be asking a lot at this point, the release of some fresh DLC characters could also make fans of the game happy. Announcing a DLC pack with a handful of X-Men characters would certainly turn heads and begin tipping the scale back in the game's favor.

And, of course, an update to Marvel Infinite's visuals would be a much needed breath of fresh air. Other than these three things, though, a simple status update from either company would be tremendous.

As far as the community goes, all we can do at this point is continue supporting the game. If you enjoy Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, play it, share tech on social media, let your interest be known, and enter your local and major tournaments.

We're already seeing prominent community members step up to do their part, with players such as Armando "AZAngelic" Mejia of Misfits Gaming planning to make the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite side tournament at EVO 2018 "more than just a side game."

In the past, the MvC community has stood up and taken action when the chips were down. The series might need community support now more than ever.

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