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Rumors can be fickle. Regardless of their validity, they can either make or break the hype for a video game, television show, or movie, and regrettably, the purported leak of Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite’s character roster isn’t doing the game many favors.

Earlier today, NeoGAF user Ryce (from what I have read he/she tends to be accurate) posted the leaked character roster for Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite:

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Arthur

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Chris Redfield

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Chun-Li

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Dante

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Firebrand

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Jedah

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Monster Hunter

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Morrigan

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Nemesis-T Type

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Ryu

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Spencer

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Strider Hiryu

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X

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Ant-Man

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Captain America

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Captain Marvel

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Doctor Strange

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Gamora

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Hawkeye

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Hulk

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Iron Man

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Nova

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Rocket/Groot

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Spider-Man

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Thanos

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Thor

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Ultron

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Notice anything missing from the list? Not a single X-Men character or villain is in the roster. Wolverine, Storm, X-23, and Phoenix (aka. Jean Grey, not Phoenix Wright, but yes he also isn’t in this roster) are missing, which is strange since Wolverine has been a staple of the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise since the first game. Even X-Men villains Magneto and the Sentinel robot aren’t present. This lack of representation is even more depressing when you realize that characters such as Colossus, Cyclops, Juggernaut, and Gambit have been missing since Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Yet somehow, the mad titan Thanos is making his return in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite.

The news is not all bad, though. The main antagonist of the Darkstalkers franchise, Jedah, will finally appear in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, as will Gamora, Groot, Captain Marvel, Ultron, and the nameless Monster Hunter protagonist. Of course, the list doesn’t include Mega Man X villain Sigma, which implies that the list is incomplete and, at the very least, does not include DLC characters. However, Ryce did later confirm that Spider-Man on-again off-again villain Venom will return as DLC, ableit at an unspecified date.

With luck, we can determine the accuracy of Ryce’s leak during E3 2017. With even more luck, Capcom plans to include X-Men characters in Marvel vs Capcom Infinite. If not, we will just have to hope the company includes them in the inevitable updated re-release of the game.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

https://x.com/theflow0/status/1759627938910089575?s=20

As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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