Last week, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 released a surprise re-release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was a digital-only release, but given its status as a last-generation re-release, this didn’t ruffle many feathers. It did leave some fans disheartened over the lack of a physical release though, as digital releases of licensed properties are known for disappearing from digital marketplaces – which has happened with this franchise’s second installment. Gamestop’s website shows an Only at Gamestop physical release for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game due out on March 31, 2017.
The listed price is $29.99 – so for only $5 more than the digital release, you can own the game forever without running the risk of a license expiring or any kind of digital rights issues cropping up and preventing you from playing the game. The release date does seem a bit odd though as March 31 is not only a bit random, but it falls on a Friday when most games are released on Tuesdays except for Nintendo’s. It could be a placeholder date, which makes sense since there’s nothing more than a game listing right now – there isn’t even cover art shown for it. There could be a wrinkle thrown in too – this physical release could just be a PSN or Xbox code inside the box, which is rare, but has been done for games like Minecraft on the Vita before. Hopefully, it’s a disc-based release because that will help preserve the game for the future – even if it will also result in the second-hand market making a killing on it if/when the rights expire for the digital release.