It’s been nearly nine years since Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was off the shelves, but the fan-favorite fighting game is finally returning later this year. Arcade1Up announced today the release of the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 arcade cabinet – the first officially licensed re-release of the game since its delisting. The company said that pre-orders for the cabinets will begin on September 8, and orders will ship the following month in October.
The re-release will support both online multiplayer and leaderboards. The cabinets themselves will also feature exclusive side panel art depicting Hulk, Spider-Man, Ryu and Zangief.
Also, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will be just one of the fighting games in the cabinet. The machine will also include the original Marvel vs. Capcom, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men: Children of the ATOM, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse and Marvel Gems Superheroes in war.
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 originally launched in arcades in 2000, and various systems appeared over the next decade. Often considered one of the top fighting games of all time, the game has developed a dedicated competitive scene around it.
The game was pulled from digital storefronts in 2013, seemingly due to licensing issues from Marvel. Fans have been calling for an official re-release in the years since. Last year, fighting game YouTuber Maximilian Dood started the #FreeMvC2 trend on Twitter, calling on Capcom and Marvel to take the game out of a “digital prison.” While Arcade1Up’s new cabinet might not be the multi-platform re-release the fighting game community had hoped, it could be a harbinger of what’s to come.