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EVO 2017 is jam packed. In fact, there are so many games that will be present at the annual fighting tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada that some of the previous years' top titles won't be present. Well, the EVO organizers gave gamers an opportunity to select the game(s) they would like to see make it into the line-up.... so they did just that.
Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar posted the above message on Twitter, indicating that Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 would be making a return to this year's EVO in Las Vegas. The decision was made through a charity drive event where the game with the largest donation pool would be selected as the final fan entry for EVO 2017.
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 was one amongst many, including games like Mortal Kombat XL, Pokken Tournament, ARMS, Windjammers, Nidhogg, Killer Instinct, Skullgirls, and Street Fighter II Turbo.
I know that's an odd list given that ARMS isn't even out yet, Nidhogg certainly doesn't have the hype to make the cut, and Street Fighter II Turbo is old. The real shocker is that Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat XL were relegated to the fan request list and won't be part of this year's EVO line-up. Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 will join the likes of Injustice 2, both Smash Bros. games, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Blazblue, Guilty Gear Rev. 2 and King of Fighters XIV.
"Mr. Wizard" announced also that they would be using the PlayStation 4 version of Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, leveling up from the seventh gen iteration of the game, which should provide better frame smoothing and performance over the last gen version.
Some people were curious why they would make the switch, but as stated above the performance improvements will make for a smoother overall presentation and reduce frame-lag and freezing.
According to the Generosity charity website, UMvsC3 managed to beat out most of the other games by a wide margin, racking in $71,640, and it was followed by Pokken Tournament with $62,431. Way back in third place was Windjammers with only $4,000.
I was genuinely shocked to see that Bandai and Nintendo's Pokken Tournament managed to land second place. However, it only had half the amount of contributors as Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, the former of which had 742 donors and the latter of which managed 1,486 donors. It just goes to show that despite the Marvel and Capcom crossover game being rather old, it's still extremely popular.
Capcom will be retiring the game after this year's EVO for the newest iteration of the series, Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite. The story-oriented fighter will be set to release later this year (missing EVO) for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
However, gamers will get to see the 2011 fighter make one last grand appearance at the biggest FGC tournament of the year in Las Vegas, this summer. Let's just hope that Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite is a worthy successor to one of the most popular fighting games in the fighting game community.