New Marvel VS. Capcom Infinite info: Roster, story, and more

After nearly half a year of silence, Capcom has dumped a truckload of Marvel VS. Capcom Infinite info into our laps. We got new characters, new modes, a new story, and a release date! It’s everything we could have wanted from our favorite fighting game franchise. Let’s take a look.

The Roster

We already know that Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Captain America, Ryu, Mega Man X, and Morrigan are part of the roster from previous trailers, but now Capcom has confirmed that Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Rocket Raccoon, Chun-Li, Strider Hiryu, Chris Redfield, and Ultron will also be joining the cast, with Sigma joining later as the first of 6 DLC characters.

All Marvel characters have been re-modeled after their Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts, which means Hawkeye isn’t sporting his purple costume anymore, and Rocket Raccoon speaks in a thick Brooklyn accident instead of his traditional Cockney. 

Characters will have separate alternate DLC costumes, including an Evil Ryu skin for Ryu, a World War Hulk skin for Hulk, a “Warrior Thor” skin, and a Mega Man X skin based off his appearance in Mega Man X Command Mission… to please the 7 people who actually enjoyed that game.

Finally, it’s worth noting that we still haven’t seen any X-Men characters enter the roster, continuing to support rumors that Marvel VS. Capcom Infinite will downplay their presence due to MCU licensing issues.

The Story

Yes, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite has a full story mode complete with animated cutscenes. The story is the cheesiest comic crossover plot that you have ever seen, and I love it. Exploiting a rift in dimensions, Ultron and Sigma from the Mega Man X universe hatch a plan to destroy all biological life. Merging their bodies into Ultron-Sigma, they use the powerful infinity Stones to create a techno-organic virus that invades living beings and turns them into mindless robot slaves. They also use the Stones to shatter the barrier between the Marvel and Capcom universes, merging them into one. They use the ensuing chaos to oust Odin from the now merged Asgard and Reploid City, and begin constructing a techno-organic army from the remnants of Asgard’s warriors. It’s up to the heroes from both the Marvel and Capcom universes to stop the robot apocalypse and restore the balance between worlds.

All I’m saying is, basing the story around a techno-organic virus and not including Cable in the roster would be criminal. I’m counting on your Capcom! I’m counting on you!

Modes

In addition to the cinematic story mode, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite will have a variety of modes built specifically for single-player casual play. A traditional Arcade mode will be made available, as well as a training mode that will let players practice their skills, and a mission mode that will teach players combos and basic aspects of the system.

As far as multiplayer goes, the game will be fully online and will include a ranked and casual random matchmaking mode, global leaderboards, and online lobbies with a built-in spectator mode. All these functions will be available on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game.

Pricing and Release Date

And, finally, we now know when the game will release. We can expect to get our hands on Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite on September 19 of this year. The basic version will cost $59.99, but fans can also spring for the Deluxe Edition which will cost $89.99 and will include a character pass for 2017, which means that we will see all DLC characters before the end of the year and might see a Season 2 in 2018. Fanatics can purchase the $199.99 Collector’s Edition, which includes everything mentioned above as well as four premium character statues of Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Mega Man X, and Chun-Li, a case filled with Infinity Stone replicas, and a SteelBook case for the game. Finally, anyone who pre-orders the game will receive DLC costumes for Thor and Ryu, as well as Hulk and X for anyone who pre-orders the Deluxe Edition.

That’s all we have for you this time. Unfortunately, no gameplay footage was actually shown. However, we saw some amazing gameplay screenshots in the latest press release. As soon as we have a gameplay trailer for any of these new characters, we will bring you a full rundown.