Capcom Fans Outraged: Marvel vs Capcom Collection Skips Xbox Release

Capcom fans are reacting to the news that the Marvel vs Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics might not be available on Xbox. During this week’s Nintendo Direct June 2024 showcase, gamers were taken by surprise with the reveal of a Marvel vs. Capcom collection, featuring seven of Capcom’s most popular licensed crossover titles. Given that most of the classic Marvel vs Capcom games have spent the past decade or so in limbo, this announcement was met with much adulation from the fighting game community that had lobbied hard to get them on modern consoles.

Marvel vs Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics will do just that when it launches later this year on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam. However, Xbox gamers quickly noticed that neither the Xbox One nor the Xbox Series X/S were mentioned during the recent announcement, causing much confusion and backlash among owners of those consoles. Capcom has yet to provide an official reason for not releasing its new Marvel vs. Capcom compilation on Xbox, leaving many scratching their heads, especially since the similar Ace Attorney Investigations Collection will be available on Xbox One.

Across social media, Xbox gamers who had been looking forward to Marvel vs Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics have been voicing their displeasure at Capcom for skipping the Microsoft brand entirely, as reported by IGN. For instance, a Reddit user on r/Xbox commented that while they own a Nintendo Switch, they prefer to play their fighting games on Xbox using a classic-style arcade stick – something they won’t be able to do with the new Marvel vs Capcom collection. Meanwhile, the phrase “No Xbox” has been trending on Twitter, with users like Keith Garlington and Bella_Drive expressing their disappointment at the news.

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Marvel vs Capcom Fighting Collection’s Xbox Snub Sparks Backlash

Other social media users, such as Jawmuncher on Twitter, have tried to come up with an explanation for why Capcom decided to forgo releasing Marvel vs Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics on Xbox while still launching other upcoming titles on the system. They speculate it might have something to do with the theory that Capcom’s proprietary MT Framework engine no longer works on Xbox One, which is why games like Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection and the Monster Hunter Stories series also skipped the console.

This doesn’t make the absence of Marvel vs Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics on Xbox any less disappointing for fans of the series, especially given the rich history Marvel vs Capcom has with Microsoft’s consoles. The original version of Marvel vs Capcom 2 was ported to Xbox alongside the PS2 back in 2002, and subsequent sequels and rereleases have always been available on the current Xbox system of the time. Capcom’s reason for leaving Marvel vs Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics off Xbox is still a mystery, but it has turned what would have been an undisputed victory for the fighting game community into another source of controversy.