Actually, The Monster Hunter Team Didn’t Want The Hunter In Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

By Spencer . March 11, 2011 . 5:09pm

In between playing Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, I spoke with Seth Killian, Community Manger, about "what ifs" for Marvel vs. Capcom 3’s roster and balancing patches. The most surprising part of the interview involved Monster Hunter. The super popular series was considered for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but didn’t make the cut because of a decision from the Monster Hunter team.


gene Since Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is out can we talk about Gene [from God Hand]? Was he really a fringe character?


Seth Killian, Community Manger: We talked about Gene, actually, at several times during the development process. Nothing against him, it’s always we have X amount of time and basically you’re guaranteed to break someone’s heart whenever you make decisions like this. Gene was talked about and Amaterasu sort of beat him out in some ways, so hopefully people like Amaterasu as well. Gene is a natural fit for an MvC type game, a very over-the-top, crazy kind of character. Still, he’s not out of the running in whatever we do next.


What other fringe characters were there on the Capcom side?


Oh man, you could go anywhere. The area of discussion was across all brands, really. Literally, we had hundreds of potential characters when we first started the list. You couldn’t name a franchise that we had not considered. Auto Modellista I think was not on the list. Under the Skin also didn’t come up, so there were a few! But, other than that, yeah, there were a lot of them.


mhlag Considering its popularity, I was surprised Monster Hunter didn’t make it into Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in some way.


Certainly they were on the list and we actually made a proposal to the Monster Hunter team and producer. The answer I believe came back was no. You don’t just have to have the idea to have the character. You also have to get permission from the producer of that series to include the character and however they are implemented. They thought it wasn’t a good fit for the game and maybe they’re right. The hunter is sort of a malleable personality, rather than a super strong character in Monster Hunter since he’s so customizable.


From there where do you go? Like a Felyne? A Poogie? I don’t know. A Lagiacrus or something like that. I don’t know what you’re going to put in there from Monster Hunter. So, anyway it didn’t work out. They’re just too cool for us.


What about Dead Rising. We heard Frank [from Dead Rising] was cut at the end, but how about Chuck [from Dead Rising 2]?


We thought about both of them. We have a little bit of work that went into Frank. Actual development work, not just lists on paper. We didn’t have time to wrap that one up, but Frank and Chuck, both of them are pretty popular.


strider What about Strider?


Strider is definitely popular. He is one of our top fan requests period. Awesome character. Harder to model in 3D, but the other challenge is there are licensing issues around him. It’s not a purely owned Capcom IP, yeah. You try to break less hearts while keeping it fresh and surprising with a little flavor there.


Since the game’s release some players have found balancing issues and exploits within Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Is Capcom thinking about, perhaps, patching or revising the game?


Yeah, of course. We talk about stuff like that, so we’re sort of tracking everything that is going on and you’ve got to make judgment calls. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is of course filled with tons of similar bugs, which ended up ultimately contributed to gameplay. That’s the decision you have to make as a group – is something contributing to gameplay or detracting from it, ultimately. If we think its in the negative, the it’s something we would consider patching. We’re trying to take a relatively light hand to patching. If we feel something is not as we want it to be, we’re going to let it ride.


For the Capcom vs. series, just your own personal thinking, who would you like to see the Capcom characters challenge next?


That’s part of the challenge that I’d like to see happen that I don’t want to jinx by [laughs] talking about them now. Ono-san has talked before about Nintendo and they have a huge roster of great characters that would be fun to match up against.


Another fun request has been Kellogg’s, the cereal company. You could fight Snap, Crackle, and Pop. Then like Tony the Tiger. I was thinking the last boss could be the big K from Special K. You just have to punch this giant letter K. Really, the fun part is when you get Vs. series moniker in there you can go anywhere. People still talk about Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat or something. Now we have Street Fighter X Tekken. We’re very happy to try to reach out and find new opponents for the Capcom group.


Will there ever be a Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition upgrade pack for PS3 or Xbox 360?


It’s certainly possible. We’d like to see something like that happen. There are a few challenges, but I don’t see anything insurmountable.

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  • Marvel vs Kelloggs
    Clash of Super Heroes???
    Yeah, i will buy it :P

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    Capcom vs SNK 3 plox

    • After that April Fool’s fiasco by SRK, Capcom might wind up putting it elsewhere.

      • BadenBadenPrinny

        and it makes me seethe. It’s pretty much the only thing I expect from them these days :( (to my knowledge aside from MML3ds)

  • I’m still waiting on a better reason for including any Megaman in the initial release. I’m still not buying the “We could not make a good move set.” bit.

    Also I am hoping that Kellogs bit was a joke just to infer how they have consider an endless amount of tie-ins or whatever.

    Just Give me Marvel vs. Capcom Vs. Tatsunoko. Then A Marvel Vs Capcom Vs Tatsunoko Vs Tekken after that.

  • Capcom vs Kellogg’s? Day 1, Baby! Day 1!

  • Happy Gamer

    Putting the hunter from monster hunter along with some Felynes with some crazy attacks (like luring rathalos using meat, rathalos spits fire all over screen and hunter does the “ahhh” run and leap for danger for some comic relief etc.

    this would or might have boosted some popularity or at least curiosity of the franchise. I know this for sure because I know so many people went back to some of the lesser known capcom titles when MvC 2 came out. and ppl who didn’t know much about Marvel started to get interested or at least check it out purely from curiosity driven by the game.

    This is especially evident as a kid.

    i dunno just my 2 cents for advertising.

    • Draparde

      Yeah i agree, games like these tend to do a good job of advertising for little known games. if im not mistaken that happened to Fire emblem with super smash bros melee.

  • kroufonz

    Instead of making two tekken vs sf game, they probably should turn one of those to full fledged CAPCOM VS NAMCO BANDAI (banpresto, namco, and bandai franchise)

    and for next vs games probably they can make KADOKAWA VS CAPCOM (or just limit it to Dengeki vs capcom, especially from light novel and manga (which mean character will be from haruhi, shana, index, toradora,okamisan, dokuro chan, azumanga, oreimo etc etc etc)

    • I’m pretty sure if we’re gonna see Capcom VS Namco Bandai, Namco Bandai will definitely want to put in Vegeta, while asking Capcom to put in Dio Brando.

      • Zero_Destiny

        OMG Za Warudo and Wwrrrrryyyyy vs. Over 9,000!!!!!! and kamehameha!!!! That’s epic!!!!!!

      • puchinri

        Dio in any new game would be beyond marvelous. But would they be allowed? Wouldn’t they have to ask the manga-ka?

      • kroufonz

        if they manage to include vegeta that mean they probably should also include nanoha

        nanoha vs goku meaning giant Energy Blast fest = Starlight Breaker vs Spirit Ball or Divine Buster vs Kamehame ><

        yuki nagato and asakura ryoko combination will be deadly too

      • Is Jojo owned by fully by Capcom? If then, they’re doing a sin by not making more awesome Jojo games. However I think Phantom Blood was published by Bandai.

    • PrinceHeir

      Namco vs Capcom :D

      Alisa and KOS-MOS. that would be a dream team :)


      • Zero_Destiny

        Having TALES charas fighting Breath of Fire charas would be EPIC!!!! Ryu vs. Cless!!!! Now that would be a match!!!!!!

        • Whichever Ryu they’d use, he should have a super attack where the other four Ryus attack with him.

          • puchinri

            I just want to echo these sentiments. From the first comment to this one.
            How many tears must be shed and pleas made before we get this. ;u;
            (Knowing Bamco, years of both most likely…)

          • Zero_Destiny

            A smack-down from all five of those guys :) Now that would definitely have to be the final attack. Five Dragon Blast!!!! :D

          • Bakuryukun

            I always thought they could just put any Ryu in the game and then have the other versions be the alternate costumes.

        • alundra311

          Instant like to those who mentioned Breath of Fire. :)

        • I wonder what would happen if they did put Breath of Fire in a fighting crossover, but featured a complete Fou-Lu instead…

          • Zero_Destiny

            It would be epic!!!! But they’d disappoint me with it a tad bit. I’d rather have Ryu than Fou. But Fou’s cool. It would be better though if they went all out and had both charas though. Or even better all 5 Ryu’s!!!!! >:)

      • kroufonz

        the ps2 namco x capcom s-rpg cast are quite qood, imo it even a lot better than capcom lineup in mvc 3, capcom lineup even include dino crisis, rival school, strider, captain commando, mega man legend, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, sf, re etc , while namco include ToD, xenosaga, valkrye, klonoa, druaga, tekken, SC, wonder momo etc etc

        with namco bandai vs capcom it mean NBG could also include other banpresto and bandai franchise like, summon night series , and ar tonelico series, etc.what an awesome game will it be!

        further more if they manage to get permission to include bandai anime game franchise( which is quite impossible), the like of naruto, dbz, onepiece, precure, oreimo, toradora, haruhi, gintama, nanoha etc could appear:P

        what a nice dream i have!
        i just can’t understand why they make 2 tekken/sf game, i think it is redundant.

        • PrinceHeir

          yeah i hear you. i mean we already have Tekken Tag 2 coming up. so i think the SF X Tekken is good enough. i hope they’ll do another crossover game in the future.

          i just want my KOS-MOS and Alisa :)

    • Whilst not a fighting game, I feel I should mention Namco x Capcom here as this game deserves so much more love than it receives.

      • I’m sure had they actually localized it, it would’ve been referred to a lot more by people now.

  • alundra311

    Kellog’s vs Capcom. They could also have a cereal tie-in. Just found this pic yesterday. What a coincidence.

  • lightningrook

    The Kellogg’s vs Capcom joke has been around for a while, or at least it’s been the page image for TV Trope’s Capcom Vs Whatever article for as long as I can remember.

    • True. But hearing -or reading- what a Capcom rep is considering changes a lot of things!

  • Before working on a Marvelous Marvel vs Capcom, how about giving us that “Robust Storyline” you promised?

  • Yeah… his answers break my heart.

  • PrinceHeir

    “Gene is a natural fit for an MvC type game, a very over-the-top, crazy kind of character. Still, he’s not out of the running in whatever we do next.”

    yes Gene and Strider please.

    i want to kick Marvel’s ass into the milky way :P

    • Exkaiser

      Correction: You want to DRAGON KICK Marvel’s ass into the Milky Way.

      • z_merquise

        . . . ♪♫Milky Way♪♫

        • Don’t act like you don’t like the ball buster.

          • Altritter

            My arm, my arm, my arm, my arm, my arm, my arm, I’ll summon up the power of the God Hand!

    • PrinceHeir

      lol i this is soo funny XD

    • lostinblue

      such an awesome game, shame only 5 people played it :(

  • Draparde

    a new vs snk please, or maybe a vs namco.

  • DemonicX

    I would so much rather see Marvel vs SquareEnix than Nintendo.

    • I wouldn’t only because they would likely have a hard time getting KH characters in from what square has been saying about using them outside of the Kh Universe. plus thinking about seeing final fantasy, Dragon Quest, and the kids from Twewy fight the Marvel group seems kind of lame to me. Who knows though.

  • Gene, Ms. Marvel, and the Sentry were the only three huge disappointing misses for me when it comes to MVC3’s lineup. I have a lot of complaints about the game, but the roster is not one, with the exception of those three. All of them just seem like they would’ve been perfect for the game.

    I can only hope for them to be DLC.

  • thebanditking

    “Another fun request has been Kellogg’s, the cereal company. You could fight Snap, Crackle, and Pop. Then like Tony the Tiger. I was thinking the last boss could be the big K from Special K”

    ……no…..please just no.
    that’s like a game about in game advertising.

  • Hraesvelgr

    I suppose Frank will be future DLC, then.

  • Guest

    Street Fighter vs Mortal Kombat?? Hell no.

  • As long as I get to play a BOF character, I would be happy with any capcom crossover. I think it would be cool to see another capcom x (whatever anime studio).

  • TyeTheCzar

    Try some Type-Moon Vs. Capcom. Who’s the better vampire? Arcueid or Dmitri? Can Saber beat the pants off of Arthur?

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