Gamers, you may want to sit down: just three days after rumors of a third Marvel vs. Capcom game surfaced, wildly exciting fans of MvC2, what appears to be a trailer for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has leaked to YouTube.
It doesn't look like any of this is gameplay footage, but it's a pretty awesome trailer, featuring souped-up battles between Wolverine and Ryu, Iron Man and Morrigan, and The Hulk and Resident Evil's Chris Redfield.
Upon seeing this, my initial joy and reverence quickly turned to fear: Namely, the fear that all of this cool 3-D footage meant Capcom was going to go all 3D on us for this game. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is, for my money, still the best fighting game of all time, despite its being released ten years ago. It's a complex game, to be sure, with three-fighter teams, absurdly long combos, and dense gameplay mechanics, but it also kept it simple and 2D, a restraint that many of the fighting games of the 2000s lost in favor of blind obedience to 3D and frequently glitchier, more boring gameplay.
Well -- whew. Nothing's been confirmed yet -- Capcom recently brushed away Joystiq's inquiries with a "We don't comment on speculation and rumors" -- but rumor has it Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be 2D in terms of gameplay, and to the extent it dabbles in 3D, it will be similar to Capcom's Street Fighter 4, one of the best modern-day reimaginings of a classic 2D series.