Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is out in two months. What should have been something for fans to celebrate has turned into side-eyed groan. Nothing quite encapsulates the less than stellar fan response to MvC: Infinite like Chun-Li’s face. Although Capcom announced it is going to fix the botched new look with a day one patch.
Announced at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the game, producer Yoshinori Ono took a second to say that changes are coming. Capcom will be attempting to give Chun-Li a much needed face-lift with a day one patch. The patch will also be “making improvements” to other Capcom fighters. Day one patches are nothing new, but this might go down as one of the most humorous.
Chun-Li’s face became the subject of ridicule during E3. At the Sony conference where Capcom showed off a new story mode trailer, fans were shown Chun-Li’s new look. Needless to say it wasn’t long before the player base grimaced. The demo that launched following the show only confirmed fears. Despite a small but noticeable upgrade with the EVO 2017 build, it still did not look good.
Chun-Li however, is not the only character to face scrutiny over her look. Everybody’s favourite demon hunter Dante from Devil May Cry, has also received a face beating. His might be worse from what has been shown but Chun-Li became the focus.
Needless to say many from all walks of the video game spectrum have come out to show their shock and awe over the design decisions. As many have rightly pointed out, when taking these two examples and comparing them to previous incarnations, it can be hard to determine which one is supposed to be from the game yet to launch.
The faces have just been one of the key issues plaguing Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite’s road to launch. The other big point of contention has been the notable lack of the X-Men, probably the most iconic fighters for the Marvel team. This is likely due to the current kerfuffle with the movie rights being split across different brands.
So leave it to Dragon Ball FighterZ to completely steal MvC: Infinite’s thunder right out of E3. The Arc System game is following the tag team style gameplay but fans have already started looking at that game as the worthy successor. It seems Dragon Ball FighterZ is already getting ready to take the top spot with its closed beta scheduled to run up to the day before MvC: Infinite’s launch.
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is releasing on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 19th. While the outlook is grim for the prolific fighting game franchise right now, Capcom is likely working diligently to bring back the fans who would rather stick with Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Chun-Li was always a fighting game Icon, yet her face is now the symbol for the woes of MvC: Infinite.