So far, 2018 has not been kind to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. First, it’s snubbed by Evo 2018’s main stage lineup in favor of Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, a game that doesn’t even launch worldwide until June. Now, it looks like even its own developer is snubbing it in terms of esports competition.
Capcom recently confirmed that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will not appear on the 2018’s Capcom Pro Tour.
Since 2014, the Capcom Pro Tour’s competitive circuit has revolved around that year’s most recent iteration of Street Fighter, with 2018’s Capcom Pro Tour focusing on Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. However, given the timing and a leaked proposal by Capcom senior esports director John Diamonon, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was considered a shoo-in next to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition for this year’s circuit.
That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, as Capcom Pro Tour 2018’s schedule is starting to take shape, and Infinite is nowhere to be seen on the list of events.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was missing from last year’s pro tour as well, due to its release date happening too late in the year. However, it did receive its own Capcom Cup-style competition called Battle for the Stones, but it’s unclear if Capcom is even willing to support the game with another Battle of the Stones this year, as a representative stated that the developer had no further comments about Infinite‘s competitive future at the moment.
Capcom will reveal a more detailed schedule for Capcom Pro Tour 2018’s circuit on February 19th, but it seems unlikely that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will make a surprise comeback and appear in any of those events. If nothing else changes, Infinite‘s chances as a contender in the competitive fighting scene are all but finished.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite seems to have gotten short shrift since even before its release, reportedly having received just half the budget of Street Fighter V‘s DLC and only recently getting fixes for some of its long-standing balance issues. It’s no wonder Infinite isn’t competition-ready, since Capcom barely gave it a chance to begin with.
If you still want to play it, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.