I know it was scrapped a while ago, but I’ve started to search for info on it. Here’s what I’ve gathered so far…
-It was scrapped for VF in the USA. Sega of Japan held crown over Sega USA and killed it to push VF. Bitch move. Fucking bitch move. VF4 Evo is the only great VF, I don’t care what anyone says. Eternal Champions 3 deserved better.
Now, if they had scrapped EC3 to make VF from scratch, I’d be calmer. No. They wanted to bring Virtua Fighter to the USA, and fucking deleted a perfectly good series “to focus on a single fighting series.” Looking at VF1, I’m sure they meant “we didn’t want the third EC to rape our shit in sales, and we have the kill switch, so bye bye.” Bitch move. Now I see why SEGA had so much failed shit.
-Eternal Champions 1 was about the contest between the champions for their shot to change their history. In Eternal Champions 2, the Dark Champion tossed in and hid some more champions to screw up the balance. In Eternal Champions 3, the storyline was Chaos (the third and most powerful being created at the dawn of time) going insane and making a contest where even the Eternal and Dark Eternal Champion have to throw down. The dark champion gathered some “infernals,” or evil champions that have some relation to the original dozen. It was to even the odds of him coming out on top. There was a WWII nazi who founded an assassination guild that became the Black Orchid (Shadow’s agency). That’s how far down the line could have gone. Here’s a blurb from the creator:
“The third game is all about time travel. The idea was that you could
play the side of the Eternals or Infernals and then try and go back to
the place of the murder and avoid it. As you won, or locked in a time
zone, it would change the present and characters would changes and
story lines would change. The idea was for one side to lock out the
other to win the game, but instead of being over, it would leave to a
battle with Chaos, which was the true evil purposely pitting the two
sides against each other to weaken and he wants to total breakdown of
the timeline so he can bring on true chaos in all time frames.”
There were powers the combatants could trigger too, like making their opponent’s older for a little bit, speeding up the battle, and others. All this with the regular kills, like Overkills, Sudden Deaths, Vendettas, and Cinekills.
But that’s all I can find. If anybody knows more, or has pictures, I would appreciate them.