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How much of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's failure was Disney's fault? Top Hat Gaming explores the troubled history of this infamous title

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • June 18, 2020 at 2:42 p.m. PDT • Comments: 69

We knew it had to eventually come as Top Hat Gaming Man has been making his way through Capcom's fighting game history with weekly videos, and his exploration of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is finally here.

This game had so much potential as the fighting game community were highly anticipating it while the general population would most certainly be drawn to the red-hot Marvel characters then being heavily featured across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it wound up crashing and burning despite having so much natural momentum. While Capcom's execution was certainly to blame, Top Hat asks the question in his video, "How much of Infinite's downfall was due to decisions from Disney?"

In terms of play design, Infinite was heavily influenced by the success of the titles before it, MvC3 and Street Fighter 4, reactions to both of which pointed developers in the direction of simplification for the sake of garnering more casual gamers.

The fighting game community has long documented the sins when it comes to Infinite, as a smaller launch roster, poor initial visuals, and the lack of staple X-Men characters were all demoralizing to fans. Top Hat mentions this latter issue in his video with the following quote.

"Reportedly, when it comes to the game's character roster, in terms of the characters featured it is said that Marvel Studios called many of the shots prioritizing characters based on how important they were to their cinematic universe at that moment in time. Characters were chosen based on how important they were to Disney based on product placement."

EventHubs readers will know the infamous quote from Peter "Combofiend" Rosas about how players would likely be okay with any characters as long as they function similar to the favorites of the past, but some quotes from Capcom's Michael Evans regarding character choices brought up in the video will also likely make fans' blood boil.

There's a whole lot more to the overall story as Top Hat examines Infinite from many various angles. Check out the video below and feel free to share your reactions in the comments once you're done.

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