There's a lot to be said about a person willing to show a little faith. In the case of Johnathan 'Bum163' Farley, one of the East Coast's tournament veterans, he expressed to us that the community was more than eager to get a new Versus installment.
When we last spoke with him, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was still veiled in secrecy. Well at least until the leaks started to surface. From that point on, what initially felt like a pipe dream became a reality, and Bum163 couldn't be happier. Following Capcom's announcement last weekend at PSX, we reconnected with him to gather his insights on what's to come.
First and foremost, what were your initial thoughts after seeing the trailer?
It's about time. Thank you [Capcom], for making this happen — and it's time for the Marvel hype to come back.
With the absence of X-Factor and call-in assists, do you have reservations about the engine not being quite as fast-paced or intense as previous games?
Nah, I don't. The action still seem fast paced and gems being in the mix can make things intense like the previous titles. I'm actually very interested in how gems are going to affect characters.
Accessibility plays a huge factor in the decision to revert back to the traditional 2v2 format. As a veteran, do you think it will be just as exciting as 3 versus 3 combat?
Yes I do. I know a lot of players want something like Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 again, and honestly, I don't blame them at all. But it's also good for them to go in a new direction. Making the game accessible to new players will help the scene to grow even more.
Combofiend said it will still be made for the competitive scene, so you know we'll be in training mode for months, figuring out everything the game has in store for us.
There’s a chance Infinite could incorporate fewer buttons to make the game more appealing to newer players. Assuming the game does become Capcom’s next esports entry, is this the best approach?
Well if they're taking out assists, then I can see why we will have less buttons to work with. That's fine, because newer players will have an easier time understanding the game just focusing on the character that's on screen.
This makes things easier to explain to the audience/viewers as well, as you can see what Capcom does with Street Fighter V when we're going to a commercial break. It's very important for the audience to understand what's going on. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was very chaotic.
The footage suggests Infinite is taking cues from various crossover titles (SFxT, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, etc.), though the sub-system was likened to Capcom vs. SNK 2. What are your thoughts on that?
I love it. Street Fighter x Tekken v. 2013 was amazing, but also unfortunate, in that the game received backlash for how Capcom handled the first release. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom was actually really fun, but the issue was it being on the Wii. I'm really curious to see the direction they go with this game. We really don't know much, but soon we will have a demo, and we will see how the game plays out.
There’s a possibility that Infinite will eventually be included into the Capcom Pro Tour. What are some essential needs to ensure its success?
Capcom wants their esports events to grow to new heights, and MVCI will do just that. Two games that bring in different traffic to their business can't go wrong. They just need to avoid the mistakes they did with Street Fighter V, and make sure they handle this game correctly.
Although there’s been no official confirmation that Marvel vs. Capcom is completely abandoning its heritage, what characters would you like to see in case the X-Men don’t make the cut?
Well on the Capcom side: Ada from Resident evil, Tyrant from Resident Evil, Akira from Rival Schools, Falcon and Wang Tang from Power Stone, Sigma from Mega Man X, Sieg Wahrheit (Chaos Legion) — he's a summoner. Also, Jedah (Darkstalkers 3), and Regina (Dino Crisis). . .she can call out Dinos as an assist just like Frank West can perform with Zombies [laughs.]
For Marvel: Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Loki, Vision, Gamora, Elektra, Medusa from Inhumans, Punisher, Black Panther, Ultron, Hobgoblin [Norman Osborn]. Basically all-new characters we haven't seen before in the Vs. series.
So looking at the big picture, what advice would you offer to purists who feel Infinite is deviating from its heritage?
To give it a chance and stop always being negative whenever they see something they don't like. A lot of people complained about Marvel vs. Capcom 3 when it first was shown, and even after it was released. After a while, people started to love it, especially after UMvC3 came out.
I think Capcom is heading in the right direction and will make this game great.