It’s wrong to judge a book by its cover, but Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite looked dreadful.
Marvel Vs. Capcom is fighting royalty. The third pillar of competitive fighting games, standing alongside Tekken and Streetfighter.
If its lineage wasn’t enough to routinely earn a spot at Evo, the world’s largest fighting game tournament, then its razor tight and frenetic gameplay would.
With such praise, fans come to expect a certain amount of quality with the franchise. Considering that a lot of people make their livelihoods from playing this game, the importance is doubly so.
And while it is a little too early to make any assumptions about Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite’s gameplay, the first look at the game in motion didn’t go over great.
It may seem picky, but fans notice this stuff – especially those who trudge through hours and hours of frame data, master character’s hit boxes and prepare for any possible match-up. You know, fighting game fans.
It didn’t take long for the community to notice the sub-par graphics in Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite.
They then, predictably, kicked up a stink. The downgrade was even more egregious when fans started comparing the designs of characters from Infinite to early entries in the series.
It was now up to the Marvel Vs. Capcom community to let the developers know they were mad. And they did this in the most productive way possible: through unflattering comparisons.
WHY MARVEL VS CAPCOM DANTE LOOKIN LIKE STEVE BUSCEMI pic.twitter.com/5kWrNcJ2tf
— Jackobo ? (@PetrichorCrown) June 13, 2017
Oh, I knew it. MvCI Chun-li face resembles baby dolls 😛 pic.twitter.com/0KFVy3cjhv
— Gatoray (@gatoray_kof) June 13, 2017
Thankfully, somebody at Capcom was paying attention to twitter.
In a new story trailer, we can see that a lot the original designs have been reworked to look less like possessed mannequins and more like the characters we know and love. This seems to follow an earlier announcement by producer Yoshinori Ono that we will be seeing improvements across the board.
As of yet, it is uncertain how those improvements will be implemented. Most likely there will be a day one patch (because we all love those).