The X-Men’s resident ninja warrior hits hard in Battlerealm!

Betsy Braddock makes her inaugural appearance in “Marvel Contest of Champions” this week, katanas and psi-blades ready to slice her opponents to shreds. A new combatant on the fields of Battlerealm, she enters the fray alongside Archangel and a host of other Champions with less than pure intentions.

We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Simon Cameron about Psylocke’s kit and the all the ninja awesome she brings to the game. Psylocke is definitely a unique mind-melding, soul-swapping, one-of-a-kind mutant. As collectibles go I have no doubt Betsy’s a must-have. The question becomes, why’d it take so long for The Collector to snatch her up?

Gabriel Frizzera: As it’s been the case with many recent arrivals, Psylocke was brought to The Contest not by The Collector, but by a third party. In her case it was The Grandmaster, as part of his X-Enforcers. He knows Betsy spells trouble for his brother: She’s a skilled ninja warrior, capable of physically subjugating her enemies, but also possesses incredible psychic powers. The Collector’s many secrets are not safe around her! Where’s this Psylocke from in the Marvel-verse? I can’t quite place her costume. Is it from a particular comic or is this another “Contest of Champions” exclusive?

Gabriel Frizzera: This one is a blend between her classic purple costume from the 90’s and two of the more recent black-and-white incarnations from UNCANNY X-FORCE. We wanted the X-Enforcers to look like an homage to that fantastic team, but at the same time feel like they’ve been “evolved” by the Grandmaster. So we did some subtle tweaks to both Psylocke and Archangel, but without changing too much. Recently she’s been using her katanas to slice and dice, but from the image I saw it doesn’t look like she packed her swords for the trip to Battlerealm. Any reason why she’s just rocking her psi-blade?

Gabriel Frizzera: Actually she uses both the katana and the psy-blade in her basic moveset! We really wanted her to feel like a ninja warrior, so the sword is out all the time, along with the psychic bag of tricks. And that’s not all: in her special 3 attack she uses her “psy-bow and arrow,” a personal favorite from the comics! I’ve always been curious, when the team takes a crack at someone like Psylocke, how do you figure out how she fights? She’s shown up in fighting games before, so did you take any inspiration from those appearances, or is this Betsy all “Contest of Champions”?

Gabriel Frizzera: If a character has appeared before in movies or TV shows, I usually guide the team to it. But as a general guideline we only go to other Marvel games as a last resort, to avoid getting overly influenced by it. Sometimes we end up in the same creative space, but this approach helps create something fresh for [“Contest of Champions”]. In the case of Psylocke, we mainly wanted the comics “bad-girl” attitude, and then used Japanese sword fighting videos as animation reference to get the stances and moves straight from the source. Ok let’s dig into her abilities. Her Signature Ability in game is Psi-Feedback. Can you tell us a little about that?

Simon Cameron: Certainly! Psylocke’s Signature Ability increases her Critical Damage the lower her opponent’s Power is. It also gives her the ability to suppress her opponent’s Abilities when she’s reduced them to zero Power. If she can set up her opponent and keep them from gaining Power, she can do big critical damage while preventing them from countering her with an ability of their own. The rest of her abilities, Power Burn/Drain/Lock, make it seem like she’s the mutant you want to use when you really don’t want your opponent using their special powers.

Simon Cameron: Shutting down her opponent’s Power is certainly one thing Psylocke does very well. This goes hand in hand with her Psi-Charges, which allow Psylocke to continue attacking her opponent without granting them Power in return, but at a risk. Psylocke builds Psi-Charges by siphoning away some of her opponent’s Power. She can use it to power her own abilities, but these charges can also be reclaimed by her opponent to use against her. She’s a talented assassin and reflecting this she can be extremely powerful if she gets her opponent into the situation she wants. And when can we pick her up for ourselves?

Simon Cameron: This skilled mutant hero and assassin will be available on March 16!

Stay tuned to for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews.

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Take a trip down memory lane with one last legendary Spider-Man game!

Welcome to National Video Game Week here at! To celebrate the occasion, we’re taking a look at the gaming history of our very own friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. And who better to swing with us through the annals of Spidey-game history than the dev team at Insomniac Games? This stellar group—hard at work bringing the Wall-Crawler to life on PlayStation 4— have run the gamut of web-slinging video game action over the years, from arcade cabinets right up to the PlayStation 3.

Each day, we’ll bring you the thoughts of someone new at Insomniac, so check back to hear more about all of these spectacular, amazing versions of Spider-Man!

To close out our countdown, Jon Paquette – Senior Writer on “Marvel’s Spider-Man” at Insomniac – recounts the time he spent with “Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin” on Sega CD.

“This came out in the early 90s,” he begins. “I was in college, and I worked at a Blockbuster Video. I couldn’t afford my own game console, but I could use the rental stuff we had in store. I always chose to play the Sega CD games because the store’s Sega CD unit was never rented out. This game was perfect for me because it was non-linear in the sense that you had a map of the city, and you could just pick a location, do a quick level, then go back to the main map. Not to mention that this game hits all the nostalgia buttons; being young, being broke, and trying to sneak in some game-time while I was supposed to be dusting shelves and rewinding tapes.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed our National Video Game Week celebration—and look forward to “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” coming to PlayStation 4 courtesy of Insomniac Games!

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Take one last sneak peek before the anticipated game hits consoles!

Hyped for the imminent release of “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite”? Us too! So much so that we reached out to some of the awesome people who put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the game a reality. Today: more with Brett Elston and Mike Evans from Capcom, as well as Marvel Games’ own Danny Koo! I wanna hear who you guys will be playing once the game drops and with what Infinity Stones! Personally I’ve been thinking about playing me some Hulk and Thor, though I’m not sure who I’ll be running on point or which stone I’ll be using. Love me some big bodies…

Brett Elston: So, I’ve gone back and forth on this a lot. I love Firebrand—shout out to “Demon’s Crest”!—so I’ve been dabbling with him over the summer. But, after playing the latest build, I may have settled on Ghost Rider and Strider, aka Ghostrider or GoStrider; still working on this. Those two with the Power Stone seems like an obnoxious wall bounce party just waiting to happen. Here’s hoping I can actually pull it off!

Danny Koo: For a heroic team, I’m thinking Captain Marvel and Chun-Li with the Reality Stone to give me some double projectile possibilities. For a villain team, I think Thanos and Dormammu might be cool to have some fun with Mind Stone. At the end, I just want to play with everyone on the roster and see what Infinity Stone works best for me.

Mike Evans: Gamora and Strider with the Time Stone! Cypher and Godslayer, Ouroboros and guns, what’s not to love? Two of the universe’s most deadly assassins, finally united! With everything you know, everything you’ve seen about the game, what are you most excited to see players take advantage of?

Danny Koo: I am excited to watch the pro players experiment with new moves and new discoveries. Even though I’m not a fan of being on the receiving end of getting hit by a crazy combo chain, I smile every time someone executes it flawlessly; there will be plenty of livestream and tutorials online, where players can take advantage and understand more about mechanics they may not be familiar with. Also, be sure to check out Doctor Light’s Database in the game and each individual characters’ theme music too—I am super excited about the music and the Collection Mode in the game!

Mike Evans: I’m most excited to see players create their own unique identity and play style within the game. “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” is a playground, the engine really allows you to get creative with your team and stone strategies. I can’t wait to see how the Meta evolves, and how unique, “identity creating” play styles [emerges] from the community. Super [hyped] to see that, and as a fan myself, I’ll be tagging along for the exciting ride.

Brett Elston: I definitely want to see people go nuts with the Infinity Stones and I’m really hoping for some incredible tech to surface over the next few weeks as players from around the world get their hands on it. Any final thoughts? What else do we need to know about “MvC:I”?

Mike Evans: We wouldn’t be able to create these games without the amazing support and passion of our fans. So, thank you to everyone who has supported this amazing series over the last 20 years, and to all those new players who are jumping into battle for the first time with “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite”: See you online!

Brett Elston: I would encourage everyone to check out all of the unlockable art in the game. I know, I know: how exciting can concept art really be? But, in this case, we have some very sharp, beautiful stuff in there that helped set the stage for the game and I think players will really enjoy flipping through those pieces. Great stuff!

Danny Koo: We have great stuff coming to “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.” We started with 20 variant comic covers inspired by the game with Marvel Publishing and continued to collaborate and produce a prelude comic exclusively for GameStop customers. In April, we debuted the “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” Collector’s Edition featuring a Deluxe SteelBook, four premium diorama statues and a box of Infinity Stones replicas. This is actually Marvel Games’ first Collector’s Edition ever! Back at E3, we unveiled Iron Man and Mega Man X action figures from Hasbro as part of Marvel Gamerverse, and we just recently announced a series of adorable two-pack Funko POP! Vinyls based on characters from the game! Lots of effort has gone into—and continues to go into—this game. Outside of us answering these epic questions, I want to give a shout out to several of my stealthy ninja team members. Tim Tsang, our Art Lead, ensures that we have awesome visuals; Becka McIntosh, our Ops Manager, makes all logistics seamlessly effortless; and Isabel Hsu, our Assistant Creative Manager, and Michael Francisco, our Production Assistant, both bring passion and authenticity to this game. We will continue to have more exciting stuff for the fans to look forward to, so stay tuned. Here’s to many battles to come!

Pre-orders for “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” are available. All editions and versions of “Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite” will simultaneously release this week on Tuesday, September 19. Stay tuned to and follow us on @marvelvscapcom and Like “Marvel vs. Capcom” on Facebook for more “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” news and interviews!

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Get a new perspective on a retro Spidey game from the Insomniac crew!

Welcome to National Video Game Week here at! To celebrate the occasion, we’re taking a look at the gaming history of our very own friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. And who better to swing with us through the annals of Spidey-game history than the dev team at Insomniac Games? This stellar group—hard at work bringing the Wall-Crawler to life on PlayStation 4— have run the gamut of web-slinging video game action over the years, from arcade cabinets right up to the PlayStation 3.

Each day, we’ll bring you the thoughts of someone new at Insomniac, so check back to hear more about all of these spectacular, amazing versions of Spider-Man!

As the Community Director at Insomniac, James Stevenson has his finger on the pulse of Spidey game fans. He brings us the whirlwind experience he had reviewing “Spider-Man 2” for PlayStation 2 back in the day…

“I was writing for ‘Cinescape Magazine’ at the time, and had covered ‘Spider-Man 2’ in preview form,” shares Stevenson. “Fairly last minute, Activision asked me to fly out so my review could hit on launch day for the game and film. I basically flew to [Los Angeles], went to Activision’s offices, and spent a full day playing the game while food and beverage was brought to me to keep me going. It was pretty incredible to have the sense of freedom and the incredible web-swinging. While I was clumsy at first, by the end of the game I was pulling off audacious stuff while swinging around Manhattan. I went back to my hotel room and wrote the review for publication. I flew home that morning and there was a FedEx box on the porch with a copy of the game; even though I had just spent a full day playing it for review, I went straight in and started up a new game to play some more.”

Next week, we wrap things up with one more classic Spidey gaming experience!

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Lord over Battlerealm with the Queen of the Inhumans!

Medusa makes her way from the small screen—or the big screen if you’re watching the first episode of “Marvel’s Inhumans” in IMAX—to Battlerealm ready to mete out Inhuman justice in “Marvel Contest of Champions.” While the redheaded queen would rather not resort to violence, if someone or something threatens her people, she won’t hesitate to get her hair dirty.

We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Piero Herrera about Medusalith Amaquelin and all her uncanny abilities. I’m super psyched to see the Queen of the Inhumans—or former queen depending on what you’re reading—make the cut in “Contest of Champions.” Why’d the team want her on board?

Gabriel Frizzera: Medusa is a major player in the Marvel Universe, and it was about time she’d show up. Beyond her hair powers, fighting skills, and [strategic] mind, her leadership of the Inhumans can shake her husband from inaction and shift the balance of power in the Battlerealm. I imagine prehensile hair is…tricky for a mobile game. How’d the team make Medusa’s locks cool visually, but also satisfying to use in combat? And what’s she gonna do with those machetes?!

Gabriel Frizzera: Tricky to say the least. Technical hurdles were the major reason why she didn’t appear in the game months ago. Texture size limitations, animation, and rigging complexity etc. made her classic “hair tentacles” form almost impossible to bring to a full-fledged mobile fighting game like ours. But we finally found a creative angle that made us happy: we love when the character uses the hair as an extra appendage to complement her own awesome fighting skills, and we saw her using blades in the comics many times. So we decided to give her a specific fighting style that takes advantage of the hair as an extra arm. It looks like she’s sporting a more ornate version of her TV outfit. What went into crafting this super cool costume?

Gabriel Frizzera: We used the TV design as a starting point, but pushed it to be more ornate and detailed. Since we’re a game, we have the luxury to make things impractical as long as they looks awesome on the screen, which is something our players expect from us. And being the Inhumans, my personal opinion is bigger is always better; they are wonderfully weird and we should embrace their alien-ness. Now let’s get down to brass tacks. What does Medusa do best?

Piero Herrera: Medusa is bringing an exciting new mechanic into the game. Through her Signature Ability, “Living Strands,” she is able to use her hair to break out of the opponent’s combo by doing an Auto-Block. This does not only break the opponent’s combo, but if Medusa has the Parry mastery, that Auto-Block will count as a Well Timed Block and also inflict a Stun onto the opponent. This will prove to be a good ability both when using Medusa as an attacker and also as a defender in Alliance Wars. She almost reminds me a bit of Karnak with her Armor Break/Shattered. What was the thinking behind giving her those abilities? Is her hair prodding and probing her enemies to eventually pull them apart?

Piero Herrera: The Armor Shattered ability is currently exclusive to Medusa. It has additional properties that will help her deal with the opponent’s Armor Up abilities and also will be a direct counter to Robot Champions such as Vision or Ultron. When the opponent is Armor Shattered, Medusa is able to use her hair to Bleed opponents and those stacks of Bleed will stay active until Armor Shattered expires. Medusa is designed to be a very strong, but not very complex Champion, so we decided to use mechanics that players are familiar with, but with a different twist. I can only imagine that sh’’ll get some great buffs when allied with her Inhuman brethren right?

Piero Herrera: Certainly! We are also trying out a new type of synergy that grants a huge attack bonus if you have Karnak, Black Bolt, and Medusa on the same team. The strongest Synergy in Medusa’s kit is the one with Black Bolt, which enhances both of those character’s Signature Abilities. When do we get to bring Medusa to the cosmic melee?

Piero Herrera: Medusa is coming to the Contest on September 14. Log-in to see more details on how to get Medusa!

Stay tuned to and @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!

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Funko Pop! kicks off the new line with ‘Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’!

Enter the Marvel Gamerverse! With this new line, Marvel and friends bring fans a whole new way to level up their collections with exciting products and collectibles inspired by Marvel gaming favorites—bringing the epic characters and in-game storytelling you love to life. With “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” releasing next week, get set for a new wave of Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles based on the crossover video game series.

Two universes collide with “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.” This Funko: Pop! Games series features the high-flying Captain Marvel, the martial arts master Chun-Li, the laser-blasting and wise-cracking Rocket Raccoon, the successor to Mega Man, X, and the most dangerous woman in the galaxy, Gamora. In addition, the ninja agent Strider Hiryu, the maniacal mechanical Ultron, and the power-hungry tyrant, Sigma, join the lineup!

We sat down with a few of our friends at Funko—Director of Marketing Mark Robben and Project Manager Erin Macke—to get an inside look at the process of putting this set together. Fans of the Marvel vs Capcom franchise are sure to be pumped about these new collectibles. How did the team decide which characters would join the Funko Pop! family in this set?

Mark Robben: We partnered closely with Marvel during the character selection process. As with most of our projects with Marvel, it’s equal parts input from Funko artists and product design as well getting feedback from the team at Marvel. For MVCI, we definitely wanted to showcase the most visually striking characters from the game up front, and we always try to make room for our personal favorites and the favorites of our fans. But we definitely wanted to keep some in our back pocket for future waves! Some of these characters have been seen before in past Marvel and Capcom sets from Funko. How have their looks been updated and adjusted for the “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” line?

Erin Macke: In general, we tried to use premium alternate costumes found in the game and this is actually the first time anyone has seen these alternate looks. While the costumes we selected may not be those that fans will think of first when they picture a character from the game, we think that will make for a very exciting and fresh take on these beloved characters. Gamora, in particular, rocks a look in MVCI that hasn’t been seen much in collectibles: a classic comic-inspired uniform. Does the team have more fun working on completely new looks for characters you’ve seen in the past?

Erin Macke: Absolutely; it’s definitely fun and challenging to flex our creativity with new looks or new takes on known characters. It’s a personal challenge for the artists at Funko to reflect the characters as fans would know them, but then to also infuse that special Funko style that we’ve become known for. X—the successor to Mega Man—and Sigma—one of X’s primary antagonists—join Strider Hiryu as characters who get the full-size Pop! treatment for the first time here. What was the design process like for them?

Erin Macke: We worked closely from reference art provided by the Marvel Games and Capcom [teams] to ensure we’re doing the characters justice; we definitely want to ensure we’re reflecting them properly and showcasing the designs from the game itself. But again, the real trick is then adding those special tweaks that bring out the Funko look and feel. Any fan or collector should be able to look at a character and easily know who it is, but at the same time recognize it as a Pop! vinyl because of the art style. This set presents a nice spread of familiar and fresh faces. How do you strike that balance of characters you’ve worked with previously vs those that are new to the Funko family?

Mark Robben: We really don’t tend to think about characters in terms of old versus new. Instead, we just tend to look for great character design and pay attention to the characters, stories, and games that fans love. Everyone loves new characters, but fans also have a great deal of nostalgia for the characters they grew up with. We want to make sure every line has a little of both.

Look for the Marvel Gamerverse “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” wave of Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles to hit shelves in November! But this is just the beginning for Marvel Gamerverse and Funko. A certain ragtag group of galaxy-savers are next to get the Pop! vinyl treatment—straight from the gameplay of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series!”

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A trio of titanic creators share secrets from the upcoming game!

Hyped for “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite‘s” imminent release? Us too! So much so that we reached out to some of the awesome people who put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the game a reality. Up next: Brett Elston and Mike Evans from Capcom, as well as Marvel Games’ own Danny Koo! Gentlemen, “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” looms nigh. How geeked are you for players to get their hands on the game?

Mike Evans: Super geeked!! We’ve given a lot of love and attention to the battle system, and “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” won’t disappoint longtime series fans. There’s already some footage coming out online and my mind is blown by all the creative combos and strategies people are finding!

That said, I’m hopeful that the addition of story mode, detailed tutorials, beginner’s online league, and simple controls will entice a whole new generation of players to try out “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.”

Danny Koo: From the moment we announced the existence of “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” back at PSX last year in December, I have been really excited for this game and it’s finally launching on Tuesday 9/19! We have been giving players a taste of “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” since E3, and the final product is now here—I am really happy that everyone can play through all of the great content we’ve created. For Japanese players, I will join you on Japanese launch day on Thursday 9/21 in Tokyo! As for Marvel and Capcom fans, thank you for all the support!

Brett Elston: I can’t wait for fans to experience the weird, wild ride of the Story Mode, but I’m also really stoked to see what kinds of nutty, insane combos the fighting pros come up with throughout the year. The MvC series has always enabled players to create their own style of play, and “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” is no exception. With Active Switch and Infinity Stones driving the core gameplay, there’s no telling what kind of over-the-top shenanigans players will dig up! Are all of you fighting game players? What does it mean to be working on one of the most well-known fighting game franchises of all time?

Brett Elston: I’m so, so happy to have been a kid for the early-and-mid-90s arcade days. Playing “Street Fighter II” in a dingy bowling alley, then begging to go to a—in my mind—glitzy, glamorous arcade on the weekend to play nothing but fighting games, are some of my warmest, fuzziest memories. Being a Marvel and Capcom fan, it was almost incomprehensible to witness these two brands overlapping in gorgeous, incredible fighting games; and now I’m helping out in the next installment of the Marvel vs. Capcom series. It’s bizarre and wonderful. I’m also trying to use my precious work hours as a way to finally “get gud” at the game.

Mike Evans: My obsession with fighting games goes back to when I was a kid, playing “Street Fighter II” in the arcades for the first time. That’s actually a big reason why I’m working at Capcom now! Back in the day, my local arcade had “X-Men vs. Street Fighter,” and every weekend my friends and I would walk there to play. The combos were absolutely insane. Little did I know that 20 years later I would have the chance to work side-by-side with the some of the original developers of that game.

It’s been an honor to work at Capcom on some of the best fighting game franchises in the world. “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” marks the first time I’ve worked on the [MvC] series, and it’s been an unforgettable experience.

Danny Koo: I play a lot of video games on the side, if I’m not knee deep in a project, but I do tend to lean a bit more on action and RPG games, in particular games from the East, which I have a lot of experience working on. So for me, working on fighting games comes as a second nature since action games involve a lot of fighting direction and animation too. I also love reading comics and watching action and science fiction movies, all of which can be a great source of influence on design and animation directions. I am thrilled and honored to be working on the Marvel vs. Capcom series. Most importantly, I am really glad that Marvel and Capcom have both come together to make this game! Can you all talk a little about what it’s taken to get here? Game development isn’t just sunshine and roses. Clue us in on some of the tough times and maybe some of the most rewarding moments you’ve had on this journey.

Danny Koo: Game development is hard. Communication is definitely the key point throughout the entire project. Development involves Capcom Japan, Capcom USA, and us at Marvel. We have countless hours of video conferences talking about the project, which involves heavy real-time bilingual translations, which can be challenging at times. There were a lot of late nights, or early mornings—depending on what part of the globe the team was on—but, at the end of the day, we learned how to work well together despite the time zone and language barriers. We literally joined forces to make our production pipeline as smooth and second nature as possible.

For me, cinematic story mode visualization is the toughest part of development by far in the project. There is a notable difference between what is considered heroic in the East and in the West and it took a large team to merge the two worlds together–once we did, that was it! And, once the agreed-upon vision gets into players’ hands so they can embark on their epic journey—that will be so rewarding. Of course, seeing players beating each other up and having their friends around them cheering them on is going to be very rewarding as well.

Brett Elston: As with any creative endeavor, there were some charged conversations and disagreements. But, it all comes down to communication and iteration. Almost any issue we had, even when it seemed like there was no consensus in sight, was resolved. Sometimes, it’d be in regards to a plot point, sometimes a character or a location…you just have to keep talking and work through it!

Mike Evans: “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” is the result of an epic collaboration and the hard work of an extremely passionate group of developers. As creators, we are continuously trying to improve every aspect of the game, and those desires are balanced with the realities of production timelines. Ultimately, your product is a result of that balance, a million different choices, some small, some large. In the end, all those battles and scars are well worth it, and the most rewarding thing is seeing players get their hands on final product. I can’t wait to see all the crazy team strategies and Infinity Stone combos the community will find! We’re getting back to the MvC roots here with 2v2 combat. Can you tell us anything about the decision to move away from 3v3 with assists? And what do you like most about 2v2?

Mike Evans: The difficult challenge with “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” was to create a game that is both rewarding and respectful to the history of the series, while not being bound or limited by it. We are intimately familiar with the long history of the franchise and the passionate fan base, so we had to make sure we gave players something that was 150% “Marvel.” That said, if we just tried to expand on the systems in the previous title, it would limit us from expanding and innovating in meaningful ways. MvC2 and MvC3 were amazing games, and they have been an inspiration to us in developing this new title. However, we decided to go back to the concept of teamwork, which is at the heart of the series games. The decision to go back to 2v2, and focus on teamwork like never before, is what eventually led us to the “Switch” system. This system is extremely open and fun, allowing you to utilize your partner at anytime, anywhere, doing anything. That kind of freedom is very exciting, and I can’t wait to see how creative the players get with it.

Brett Elston: As an intermediate MvC player, I really like 2v2. Comic book “team ups” were always a blast and it was usually two heroes teaming up to fight one, sometimes two villains. Spider-Man pairs well with just about every character on the planet, so being able to team him up with Mega Man X or Mike Haggar is a lot of fun. When it gets to 3v3, I just end up going with my heart and picking teams that don’t always gel perfectly together. In a 2v2 setting, I feel there’s more opportunity for each character to pull their weight and co-anchor the team. But again, that’s me more or less casually picking characters and not necessarily trying to headline a tournament.

Danny Koo: For me, I appreciate the partner nature of 2v2. You can never go in it alone. I also appreciate that it is not as crowded on the fighting stage at any given time so that each character has a moment to shine. The teamwork message of 2v2 also resonates with how both Marvel and Capcom came together as well. I definitely appreciate that 3v3 with assists is chaotic in nature and that was super fun to watch, but going back to the 2v2 system really has the best of both worlds. In “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite,” you’re able to retain a lot of chaotic fun while actually offering more with the introduction of the Infinity Stones system. These stones that augment how your character fights really [open] up a lot of exciting possibilities. I’m still discovering new stuff every day! Pick two of your favorite characters, pick your favorite stone and have fun!

Pre-orders for “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite“ are available. All editions and versions of “Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite” will simultaneously release next week on Tuesday, September 19. Stay tuned to and follow us on @marvelvscapcom and Like “Marvel vs. Capcom” on Facebook for more “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” news and interviews!

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A classic Spider-Man game offers four times the wall-crawling action!

Welcome to National Video Game Week here at! To celebrate the occasion, we’re taking a look at the gaming history of our very own friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. And who better to swing with us through the annals of Spidey-game history than the dev team at Insomniac Games? This stellar group—hard at work bringing the Wall-Crawler to life on PlayStation 4— have run the gamut of web-slinging video game action over the years, from arcade cabinets right up to the PlayStation 3.

Each day, we’ll bring you the thoughts of someone new at Insomniac, so check back to hear more about all of these spectacular, amazing versions of Spider-Man!

From Insomniac HQ we bring Bryan Intihar – Creative Director of “Marvel’s Spider-Man”! He takes us back to the long-forgotten days of 2010 and the release of “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.”

“Four different Spider-Man experiences for the price of one?” posits Intihar. “‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’ is definitely one of my favorite videogames featuring Marvel’s famous wall-crawler. Each universe not only had its own distinct art style, but each also offered a great unique gameplay twist. Which one was my favorite? Well, while it’s hard to beat Ultimate’s powerful symbiote abilities, I’d have to say the stealthy gameplay of the Noir universe came out on top. Oh, one more thing about ‘Shattered Dimensions’: it’s worth playing just for the anthropomorphic cameo during the end credits!”

Tomorrow it’s back to the past for another classic Spidey gaming experience!

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Hit the arcade for another retro take on Spider-Man with Insomniac!

Welcome to National Video Game Week here at! To celebrate the occasion, we’re taking a look at the gaming history of our very own friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. And who better to swing with us through the annals of Spidey-game history than the dev team at Insomniac Games? This stellar group—hard at work bringing the Wall-Crawler to life on PlayStation 4— have run the gamut of web-slinging video game action over the years, from arcade cabinets right up to the PlayStation 3.

Each day, we’ll bring you the thoughts of someone new at Insomniac, so check back to hear more about all of these spectacular, amazing versions of Spider-Man!

Today we bring you Ryan Schneider—Chief Brand Officer at Insomniac Games! He recalls for us some fond memories of “Spider-Man: The Video Game,” an arcade game he loved in his high school days.

“I’m going to go off the beaten path here for a bit: the arcade game from the early 1990s,” says Schneider. “It became a small part of what had become an afternoon ritual for my friends and I in high school.

“A local convenience store near my house had the Spider-Man arcade game for what was probably a couple months. It was located across the street from the Chinese food buffet spot my buddies and I would loiter at and pump quarters into ‘Shinobi’ on many afternoons—probably my favorite arcade game of all-time. I was pretty decent at ‘Shinobi’ but my friends were absolute masters. I grew tired of watching them play all afternoon; plus I was getting sick of having to buy the beef with broccoli just so we didn’t get kicked out of the restaurant again. I remember liking to play as both Spider-Man and Hawkeye—even with his garish attire—switching from game to game since I knew them best from the comics. Looking back, the lack of web traversal for Spidey was a bummer, but as a moody teen, punching and throwing things more than made up for that shortcoming and at least I had a web attack! The best part of the game was progressing to fight the classic villains. As most arcade games were back then, Spider-Man was hard as hell though. I never came close to beating it—damn you, Electro and Doc Ock!—but could make my way through a few boss battles. It was also cool to switch between platforming and combat in the game—maybe that’s why I became so immediately drawn to ‘Ratchet & Clank!’”

Tomorrow a Spider-Man game of more recent vintage makes the cut!

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A classic X-Men storyline makes its mark on the acclaimed mobile game!

The X-Men joined the “Marvel Future Fight” team only a few months ago, but Apocalypse has already sniffed them out. Ever ready to eliminate those mutants he sees as beneath him, the powerful villain brings a new Age of Apocalypse to the world of “Future Fight.”

You’ll need to assemble your team, suit up in some new uniforms, and take the fight to the High Lord himself. Maybe—just maybe—you can bring him to your side.

To get the full rundown of everything the Age of Apocalypse brings to “Future Fight” fans this month, we grabbed a few minutes with Minkyun Kim, Dev Director at Netmarble Monster. Age of Apocalypse comes to “Marvel Future Fight” in a big way with this update. After the addition of the X-Men back in June, fans have certainly been eager to see some content from one of the team’s biggest events. What can you tell us about the apocalyptic additions?

Minkyun Kim: In this update, we will be telling an X-Men story from an alternate dimension with our mutant heroes under Apocalypse’s control. You’ll be able to experience World Boss content along with the X-Men, traversing an apocalyptic world. To combat the villainous Apocalypse, several of the recently added X-Men suit up as their Age of Apocalypse counterparts. Who will sport these new uniforms?

Minkyun Kim: In the first Age of Apocalypse update, you’ll be able to check out the comic uniforms for Cyclops and Beast, who appear as minions of Apocalypse. In a later Age of Apocalypse update, uniforms for Rogue and Wolverine will be available. And of course, some new faces join the team, as well. What do the Maximoff twins each bring to the table?

Minkyun Kim: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will appear as World Bosses. They also play a very important role in the story. A huge event will affect not just the Age of Apocalypse dimension, but also the world of “Marvel Future Fight.” Not one to be left out of an interdimensional battle, Cable arrives on the scene as well. How will his unusual mix of psychic abilities and massive weaponry play out?

Minkyun Kim: He’ll have his basic weapon, a futuristic laser rifle. He will also be able to throw a smoke bomb, which will cover the enemy’s vision while he teleports away. With his rifle, he can fire at the enemy furiously or [launch] rockets and leave them suspended in the air using psychokinesis before suddenly activating them on unsuspecting enemies.

He is also able restore his health by meditating. During the meditation, he can use his psychokinesis to throw military knives to keep the enemy away.

If he needs more firepower, he is able to get support fire from the floating nation, Providence. He can also pull out a large plasma bazooka and destroy whatever is in his way. You’ll soon be able to experience his very powerful weapons and his amazing strength. Alongside the Apocalypse update, World Boss mode gets an overhaul. What changes are coming to the fan-favorite game mode?

Minkyun Kim: New users had a difficult time with the original World Boss modes, and it also felt too long. To alleviate this, we created a Beginner Mode for new users. Beginner Mode will enable players with lower level characters to participate in this core game content. Players will also be able to get their hands on a new currency with this update. What are Boost Points?

Minkyun Kim: The amount of energy consumed when playing through content will decrease, or the amount of experience gained will increase, depending on the amount of Boost Points a player has. Previously, Hot Time events enabled players to log into the game at specific times during the day to gain these effects, but players who lived in other time zones were unable to utilize it. Boost Points enable all players to make full use of these bonus effects, regardless of when they log in or what character they play. Apocalypse himself will join the fight in a few weeks; how will players recruit him and what will the world’s first mutant add to their team?

Minkyun Kim: To acquire Apocalypse, players will have to complete a newly added challenge in World Boss, unlock his stage and face him like other World Bosses in order to collect Apocalypse biometrics.

Apocalypse is a very powerful character who does not use any weapons. Even his slightest movements can crush the ground or blast enemies with a dark force, keeping [his opponents] at bay. He is also able to remove enemy buffs and can enhance himself [to] keep himself at an advantage. He deals continuous damage and his ability to deploy floating stones is also advantageous. He can also enlarge himself and destroy things around him with increased strength.

For all the latest on “Marvel Future Fight,” stay tuned to and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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