Capcom and Marvel's crossover fighting game series hasn't seen a new entry since 2011, when Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Since then, fans have pleaded with Capcom for a sequel and an update to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 that would address the game's notoriously out-of-whack balance.
Last week, we spoke to Marvel Games vice president Jay Ong and asked him if Marvel vs. Capcom fans would finally get some relief from his team, either in the form of a new game or a balance patch. His response was vague, but optimistic.
"There's nothing we can say at this time," Ong told Polygon. "Let's just say that we hear that a lot. We love our fans and we certainly want to please them. Beyond that we can't say anything at this time. But who knows what the future holds?"
Ong said Marvel Games has "lots of things in the works, quite a few in the console space that are unannounced." What has been announced is a game set in the Marvel Universe from Telltale Games and a new Spider-Man from Insomniac Games for PlayStation 4.
Capcom's license with Marvel expired in 2013. The Marvel vs. Capcom games and their downloadable content were pulled from Microsoft and Sony's online stores at the end of that year. Capcom hasn't been able to make changes to the games since.
Publisher Activision faced a similar situation in 2013 when some of its Marvel licenses expired. Games like Deadpool were removed from digital stores, but later returned, apparently after Activision and Marvel renegotiated some deals.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has remained popular with the fighting game community, despite its balance problems. The game will once again appear as a featured title at this year's Evo tournament, alongside newer fighting games Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7.