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Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
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Information
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Dates: 22px-Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Europe.svg September 19, 2017
22px-Flag of Japan.svg September 21, 2017

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is the sixth installment in the Marvel vs. Capcom crossover fighting game series, to be released in September 2017. Strider Hiryu returns as one of the characters in the game's base roster, retaining his classic appearance and movelist.

Adopting a very different direction from previous entries, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a number of notable gameplay changes: it reduces its team system to 2-on-2 tag teams (similar to entries previous to Marvel vs. Capcom 2), brings back a 4-button attack scheme closer to the punch/kick variation used in 2 and removes assists entirely. In its place there's a tag system which allows the player to switch in the 2nd character at any point during battle, including during special or hyper combos as well as when under attack (a tactic called "Counter Switch"). The other notable gameplay addition is that of the Infinity Stones: the player chooses one from the six stones after picking a team and they provide two unique special abilities, a special skill known as a "Infinity Surge" and a super mode called "Infinity Storm".

The Infinity Surge is an unique ability which provides specific advantages, for example the Power Stone provides a combo-extender knockback strike and the Time Stone grants an instant teleport dash when used. The Infinity Storm is a super mode in which the user is given an increased number of abilities for a limited time, such as increased damage and wallbounces for the Power Stone and a big speed increase for the Time Stone. The Storm requires filling up the "Infinity meter" by either using the Infinity Surge or receiving damage.[1]

Story & CharactersEdit

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will feature a 2-hour Cinematic Story Mode, a first for the series, detailing the events that lead to the fusion of both universes. The plot centers on an alliance between Sigma, primary antagonist of the Mega Man X series, and the Marvel villain Ultron, under their shared belief that all biological life must be purged. Using the Infinity Stones (specifically Space and Reality) they merge together into a new being called "Ultron Sigma" and proceed to merge both universes and unleash a cybernetic virus in order to seize control of the newly-created dimension.[2]

88 days after the "Convergence", Marvel and Capcom characters fight a losing battle against Ultron Sigma's forces. Facing a critical situation, the superhero team is forced to seek the help of Thanos in order to find the remaining four Infinity Stones, which are spread across the newly merged worlds.

Characters currently confirmed include:

Strider HiryuEdit

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Hiryu's HUD portrait

Strider Hiryu was one of the seven confirmed character featured in the 2nd story and gameplay trailers, released in April 2017. Unlike previous games where Hiryu was paired up with Spider-Man, Hiryu is paired up with Gamora in the story, the developers stating they were a natural fit for each other due to both being assassins that are used to working alone[3]. The two also appear together in the special variant cover for All New Guardians of the Galaxy #7, one of 20 tie-in covers created as promotion for Infinite.

In the story, Hiryu is part of the main superhero group and is seen assisting during the battle against Ultron Sigma on Xgard, as well as joining the scout team into the underground prison holding Thanos. He later accompanies Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Captain Marvel and X to Knowmoon in order to retrieve the Power Stone, and he goes with Gamora to face Grandmaster Meio as a distraction while the others go retrieve the Infinity Stone off the station's core.

Official profile (Japanese)[4]
Real Name: Unknown.
"Striders" is an intelligence organization with a long history. Among the Striders, Strider Hiryu is an elite intelligence operative and the youngest to attain the title of Special A-Class. Specialized in covert ops and assassination, he's a man who freely utilizes ninjutsu and high-tech weaponry. There seems to be rumors that his target, Grandmaster Meio, is working together with Ultron Sigma, and apparently Hiryu joined the resistance in order to investigate this."

Hiryu's MovelistEdit

Main article: Marvel vs. Capcom/Movelist

Hiryu retains his classic look from previous entries, and his movelist receives a number of tweaks and changes, as well as a few new techniques, chief among them a new aerial Hyper Combo called "Brionac", based on his Savage Slash move from Strider 2.

Grandmaster MeioEdit

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Grandmaster Meio in the Story Trailer

Grandmaster Meio was first shown in a brief scene during the 3rd story trailer, seen during the 2017 E3 convention. Unlike Hiryu, Meio's design is from his appearance in the 2014 Strider.

He appears as a story-only character, searching to fulfill his desire to manipulate and control life[3]. He's been working with Ultron Sigma, and is in possession of the Power Stone which he keeps deep in the core of his lair. He's also rewritten the core routines of Zero, turning him into a servile subordinate who calls himself "Oblivion". He's confronted by Hiryu and Gamora as a distraction while the others go and retrieve the Power Stone.

KnowmoonEdit

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Knowmoon

Knowmoon (ノームーン) is one of the stages in the game which combines a Marvel setting with a Capcom one, in this case the Knowhere from Guardians of the Galaxy with The Third Moon from Strider. As seen in artwork, the outward appearance appears based on its Strider 2 version, while internally the stage features elements from its 2014 incarnation, including details such as the banners with Meio's logo seen outside the entrance of his tower.

The currently shown stage is fully titled Knowmoon - Gravitron Core, and features a large Gravitron unit in the background, marked with purple cracks either from Ultron Sigma's cybernetic virus or the Power Stone seemingly installed within it.

GalleryEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Yin-Poole, Wesley (April 27, 2017). "Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite makes big changes in the name of accessibility". Eurogamer.net. Accessed April 29, 2017
  2. Hussain, Tamoor (April 25, 2017). "Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite Release Date And New Characters Revealed. Gamespot.com. Accessed April 29, 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 Busch, Jenna (July 21, 2017). "Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite News from San Diego Comic-Con" (English). comingsoon.net. Accessed July 23, 2017
  4. Capcom (August 2017). Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite official site (Japanese).Characters: Strider Hiryu

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