The quest to save Marvel vs Capcom 2
Mike Mika was asked what his thoughts were about #FREEMVC2’s resonance. “Max led the rally call and all the fans joined in — it is remarkable that there are so many passionate, positive people.” It is refreshing to see everyone unite despite all the negative things about gaming.
Mika also spoke out about the perseverance and dedication of those who can’t jump between generations of a console to play a particular fighting game. Mika claims that MvC2 is more popular on PS3 than any other modern title.
Mika views MvC2 as a “great example” of the importance of game preservation. He compares the situation with other mediums, such as cinema: “Frank Cifaldi (the Video Game History Foundation) once gave a great analogy: Movies, unlike games, don’t just die off at the end of a hardware cycle. It is simple to watch a movie on any device. Games are more difficult. It is more costly to migrate them.”
Mika is optimistic about the future of games preservation despite the difficulties. “We are at a stage now when the collective voices from fans are pushing hardware makers to embrace backwards compatibility. He expressed his hope that future platforms would continue to support the initiative. Mika encourages the purchases of remasters, re-releases, and the support of groups such as The Strong and the Video Game History Foundation.
Mika states that the future of Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 is up to Disney and Capcom. Mika and his team appreciate the efforts of the fans and wait for the right opportunity. “If the stars align, we are eager and ready to go.”