Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite is releasing in 10 weeks, but as of right now the game has a nasty smell among the fan base. Not only are the visuals much to be desired. but recently an interview at Gamespot with associate producer Peter Rojas and Producer Michael Evans. Here is the link for the original interview and in short it’s started a meme and has made this blogger pissed off.
Now to start things off, the interview brings up the concept that no X-Men characters have been announced for this game. Now even before this interview was conducted, I had zero hopes that anything X-Men (or Fantastic Four for that matter) would make an appearance, simply because of film political bullshit and licensing issues. Yet Peter Rojas thinks players only see functions and another character who has the exact same play style will feel right at home. Being a fan of fighting games, this is the biggest bunch of bullshit that I’ve seen. Yes I’m aware that they’re are those who don’t care about the character, but that is a small minority.
When a person picks up a fighting game, they either want to play as a personal favorite or someone who they don’t know but looks cool. The casual audience isn’t going to care if Nova has an eight way dash, they only know that Magneto isn’t in the game. I’m sure Nova is going to be fun to play as, but he isn’t Magneto or whatever X-Men that happens to be their favorite.
Sadly that was only the start of the shit fest that this interview caused, but once again Peter Rojas was asked about the inclusions of X-Men and one of the reasons that Rojas stated as to why the X-Men aren’t in the lineup as of now is their lack of popularity. Your modern Marvel fan, maybe they don’t even remember some of the X-Men characters, but they know some of the Guardians characters or Black Panther. You know what I mean? You know how all of this could have been avoided? Rojas should have just said no comment and moved on and I and I assume others would have accepted it. To say that modern Marvel fans don’t remember the X-Men is such fake new bullshit, they’re just going to ignore the X-Men films (which are still making tons of money) and while I do agree the X-Men don’t have the popularity as they did in the mid 90’s but they are far from forgotten. Nova is actually a better example of a character that a “modern Marvel fan” might not know or even Captain Marvel herself is another one.
The overall point is don’t patronize your potential customers. Long live the X-Men.