The roster for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is nearly full, but there might not be a lot of mystery left, thanks to a rather leaky internet.
Capcom has revealed that Akuma and Taskmaster will appear in cross-over fighter Marvel vs. Capcom 3. The pair's inclusion confirms more than a month of rumors about the characters, starting with a leak of the roster on Twitter, followed by leaked art, and then a screenshot from an early review.
Akuma, the vicious and brutal brother of Ryu and Ken's master, Gouken, first appeared as a hidden character in Capcom's Super Street Fighter 2. Akuma uses a similar fighting style to Ryu, but has modified it to suit his own ends. Fans of the Street Fighter games will find pretty much all of Akuma's familiar moves are in there, from air fireballs, to his teleport dash, to his Raging Demon ultra combo. One the Marvel side is Taskmaster, who first appeared in 1980 as a foe for the Avengers. Taskmaster has the unique ability to learn a person's fighting style, just by watching them. In the game, this is represented by his cherry-picking techniques from other fighters - like Spider-Man's swing kick or Captain America's shield dash - along with plenty of moves of his own.
After Haggar and Phoenix earlier this month, Akuma and Taskmaster are the second pair of characters to be accurately predicted by the Twitter leak from December, At this point, it seems a pretty safe bet that the final pair, Darkstalkers Hsien-Ko, and a robotic Sentinel from the X-Men comics, are also correct, as well as the appearance of the planet-eating Galactus as the game's final boss.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds comes out for Xbox and PS3 on February 15th.