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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 returns, PSN demo

Dreamcast codebase, HD Remix netcode.

Capcom has confirmed rumours that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will return soon for both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

The game will be released this summer, although there will be a PSN-exclusive demo for the US on 30th April, which will follow in PAL territories soon afterwards.

And while you'll have to pay 1200 Microsoft Points (GBP 10.20 / EUR 14.40) on Xbox Live or USD 14.99 on PSN for the privilege of playing it, what a privilege.

The codebase is lifted from the Dreamcast, and although Capcom hasn't updated the graphics to the same degree as last year's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, it does include two optional filters to smooth them out - "crisp" and "smooth". Mmm, crisps.

We also get the return of 56 characters from Capcom and Marvel's extensive stables, and they're all unlocked from the start, so you don't even have to be any good at it to access the likes of Ken and Akuma.

Plus of course there are online matches, including HD Remix's popular Quarter Matches, which allow for up to four people to chat while the main duo go at it head to head. The network code is based on HD Remix too.

"I think it's fair to say that every day at least one member of the PR or marketing teams receives a mail from an ardent fan demanding to see this title back, and it goes without saying it's always a hot topic on the boards," a spokesperson told the audience at Captivate 09 in Monaco last week.

"So it's great to finally put a smile on their faces and save them some money, because believe me, the original console versions of these games are going for big money on some of those auction sites." Well, thirty quid.

Check out our Marvel vs. Capcom 2 screenshot gallery and gameplay trailer on Eurogamer TV for more.