Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 lands in November; adds Strider, Ghost Rider [update: characters leaked]

We realize it's kind of rare for Capcom to release an updated version of one of its fighting games, but try to bear with us. The publisher has announced Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which adds a number of improvements to the original. First and foremost, of course, is a load of new characters, twelve in all.

The press release mentions Capcom's Strider and Firebrand from Ghosts & Goblins (this guy). Entering the Marvel camp are Ghost Rider and Hawkeye. We're sure that the others will be slowly and methodically revealed over the next few months.

Ultimate MvC3 will also have eight new stages, a spectator mode and unnamed balance tweaks. The game is set to be released this November at a "mid range price" on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Update: Announcement trailer added.
Update: No need to wait for those character announcements -- artwork for all twelve new characters showed up on Capcom's servers. Find them here.
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London - July 20th, 2011 - Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, and Marvel Entertainment today announced that Ultimate Marvel® vs. Capcom® 3 is in development for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will take the epic battle to all new heights with new iconic characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes, a refined fighting system, eight new stagesand new modes when it releases this November at a mid range price.

The highly acclaimed fighting game adds 12 new legends to the robust Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster, bringing the total overall roster of characters up to 50. The first new characters revealed for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 include much-requested Capcom character Strider who slashes his way into the fray along with Ghost 'n Goblins™ villain Firebrand. On the Marvel side, Ghost Rider will finally exercise his vengeance and Hawkeye will pick apart foes. More characters will be revealed in the coming months.

In addition to characters, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features a host of enhancements and new features to improve the game's balance and online functionality. One of the biggest additions to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is the fan-requested Spectator Mode, which allows fighters to watch live online matches together. With multiple improvements and 12 new characters, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 brings home the ultimate fighting experience for newcomers and pros alike.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.

Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man®and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom and its products can be found at www.capcom.com or www.capcom-europe.com.

Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Tokyo Korea and Hong Kong, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom can be found on the company web site, www.capcom.com.

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