Long story short…the game would have still had hype to some extent among the hardcore players until Skullgirls released. Which pretty much Skullgirls will be the easier access, more fair version of the game that won’t have to worry about console port issues on a new system. It’s definitely a game that I see J.Wong and gang jumping right into and feeling very familiar with and giving the 3 on 3/assist gameplay a new era.
If you don’t count that…generally nothing that anything but the most hardcore of players would have cared about. Game still would have went on with years of people complaining the same 4 or 5 characters are being used on streams and what not. Although I think streaming being bigger would have given a chance for lower tier heroes like VDO and Megaman Steve to get put in the spotlight and show that the game can to some extent be played with more than 4 characters. Maybe one of the theory higher tiers like Anakaris popping out again and doing more…I dunno.
The main attraction like said would mainly be the money surrounding top players of the top tier characters/assists. Which even stuff like that is going down the drain now because of the whole ESPORTS professional crap now.
I already knew once MVC3 was coming out that would swallow shit up just like how SFIV swallowed up 3rd Strike and just about anything else that mattered. MVC was Capcom’s animu combo game of the US and that was easily going to swallow up anything that SFIV didn’t already in the tourney scene. SFIV was weird because it was like being forced to play a really boring version of SF because that’s just what everyone was playing in the community. I was big about playing competitively and going to tournaments (at least I was back then) so I just sacrificed not being able to play what I wanted so I could compete in a big game.
Seasons Beatings was basically the Evo of MVC2 and until MVC3 was announced I figured the game would go on as the big game at SB. Once MVC3 came out it seems like it took a backseat and the game is pretty much unheard of anywhere else. Clockw0rk vs. Neo pretty much ended the last big thing for MVC2 I think.
Doesn’t help that the next gen ports of MVC2 weren’t well received by tournament players and forced people to again play on the Dreamcast port with all of its issues.