Possible engine problems, not bias, could be the reason for Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection Xbox being neglected

The Neglect of Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection on Xbox: Potential Mechanical Concerns Over Partiality

Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics, the amalgamation of Capcom’s crossover fighting games like X-Men vs. Street Fighter, X-Men: Children of the Atom, Marvel vs. Capcom 1 and 2, has caused quite a stir with its absence on Xbox among the recent flurry of game announcements. The speculation surrounding this omission from the Xbox platform has sparked debates, with some attributing it to intentional exclusion. Past instances of Capcom retro collections bypassing Xbox coupled with reports hinting at dwindling Xbox sales have fueled this narrative. However, a deeper dive suggests a more technical rationale for the Xbox exclusion.

Reports from Windows Central shed light on the underlying issue – Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection and many of Capcom’s other retro compilations are created on the aging MT Framework engine, which poses challenges in porting games to Xbox. This engine intricacy may also extend to PS5, evident from the absence of a native current-gen version of Marvel vs. Capcom, with only a PS4 release confirmed.

Adding a layer of complexity to this narrative is Capcom’s unveiling of the Ace Attorney Investigations Collection during the Nintendo Direct, likely operating on MT Framework and slated for an Xbox release. Differences in the scope and effort involved in these projects could elucidate why MT Framework games struggle to make it to Xbox. While Ace Attorney collections receive full console remakes from their initial handheld exclusivity, Marvel vs. Capcom stands as a classics compilation.

For those unfamiliar with the Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection roster, it boasts an array of iconic titles:

  • The Punisher (1993)
  • X-Men: Children of the Atom (1995)
  • Marvel Super Heroes (1995)
  • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (1996)
  • Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter (1997)
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (1998)
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000)

Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics is set for a future launch on PC, Switch, PS4, and PS5 through backward compatibility, anticipated sometime in 2024, offering fans a chance to relive these legendary showdowns.

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