I couldn't resist the title.
So today, after getting a final answer from Capcom, it seems that Europe will NOT be getting the Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Special Edition. In it's infinite wisdom, Capcom has decided to release this edition in the US only. It looks something like this:
When I asked Capcom if we were getting it or not, we got this response:
Now personally, I feel this is a very shitty deal. It seems a no-brainer and obvious money-spinner that Capcom could of produced this, and given the ardent fanboys following this, it would of been an easy product to sell. In fact, surely this is one of the big games in which a Special Edition would flourish?!?! Fighting Games Fanatics are a special and committed breed, the kind of dudes who don't think twice about dropping £100 on an arcade stick controller. It seems logical that this crowd would go crazy for the luxury package.
I'd also like to point out that due to some awesome digging work by our very own Kermit1986, it seems like the 2 major tangible things in the edition will still be available to UK consumers. The steelbook and the comic will still be available, but you'll have to order 2 copies of the game, as they're pre-order rewards from different companies.
Kermit also found out the fate of the DLC Characters offered with the special edition, Shuma Gorath and Jill Valentine. We'll still be able to download them, but 30 days after the launch of the game, and we'll have to pay extra for them. This sucks. Big time. I'm all for extra, non-essential DLC, but not 30 days after launch fellas. That's bogus.
It feels like this whole build-up is a bit of a flop already. Of course I'll be buying it, of course I'll enjoy it, but it seems I can't even GIVE Capcom my money these days. This game has been 10 years in the making, and I've been waiting for a good portion of those years. And now, in the final hurdle, the ultimate MvC3 experience is still just out of my reach, dangled in front of me by Shuma Gorath's unobtainable tentacle.