Fans were treated to Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in 2011 and its Ultimate re-release. For a long time, fans have assumed that the third installment would put a cap on the series because of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel and the expiration of Capcom’s license to use the company’s superheroes. However, now there are widespread speculations that a fourth installment of the game is coming, reports Digital Trends.

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Fans eagerly waiting for PlayStation Experience

There are many classic fighting game franchises out there that have garnered large fan bases and stayed for more than 20 years, like Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and Street Fighter. But for some, there is nothing that compares to the action of Marvel vs. Capcom.

Polygon claims that several sources have confirmed that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is in development, and the game will supposedly release next year. The game is expected to put a focus on characters that were featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Sony will host the PlayStation Experience event a few days from now at the Anaheim Convention Center. The venue will also host the Capcom Cup 2016 Street Fighter V tournament. Whether the rumors are just wishful thinking or true remains to be seen, but fans will clearly be waiting for an official announcement at PlayStation Experience.

Why is Marvel vs. Capcom 4 late?

Despite requests from fans to update the game, Capcom has not been able to make changes to the game since its license with Marvel expired in 2013.

Marvel’s cinematic output was still in the early stages, and characters like Rocket Raccoon and Doctor Strange were not particularly popular among mainstream audiences when Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was released in 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. As several Marvel heroes are household names now, it makes complete sense that Capcom would be eager to make their popularity profitable, notes Digital Trends.

But this focus on the Marvel Cinematic Universe will come with a limitation. According to Polygon, the characters outside the film franchise are likely to be removed, suggesting that fan favorites like Magneto and Wolverine might not make the cut. A lack of X-Men characters in the next Marvel vs. Capcom installment would be a huge setback for the franchise that has roots extending back to the 1994 fighting game Capcom – X-Men: Children of the Atom. However, we can expect to see superheroes like Groot and Ant-Man make appearances this time.

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