Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a Switch exclusive

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 – the gang’s all here

Fan favourite Marvel game Ultimate Alliance is back but surprisingly it’s a Nintendo exclusive by the makers of Ninja Gaiden.

One of the big rumours before The Game Awards started is that this was when Square Enix would finally reveal their long in-development Avengers game, especially as the Russo brothers, directors of Avengers: Infinity War, were known to be in attendance.

But in the end none of that happened. The Russos only turned up to give out the award for Best Ongoing Game (won by Fortnite) and had nothing to do with the one Marvel game that was announced: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.

The reveal was quite a shocker though as the Ultimate Alliance franchise has laid dormant now for years, when it was originally published by Activision.

It’s not 100% clear who’s publishing the new game but it seem to be Nintendo themselves, which implies they must’ve had some interesting conversations with Marvel.

The developer is Japanese studio Team Ninja, best known for the Dead Or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series. (Original developer Raven Software is owned by Activision.)

What’s interesting about the trailer is that it features a variety of X-Men heroes and villains, and what we think might be the Super Skrull from Fantastic Four. That implies that Marvel has dropped the restrictions on film licences that have affected most Marvel games in recent years.

The character designs are a mix between their comic book and movie incarnations and while the big bad is Thanos (The Black Order are his lackeys from Infinity War) you can see a bunch of other Marvel villains including Kingpin, Ronan the Accuser, and Ultron.

The Ultimate Alliance games, and their predecessors X-Men Legends, were action role-playing games that looked and played much like the Lego games, before they were really a thing.

The emphasis on co-op play is obviously a good fit for the Switch, but even so it’s an unexpected and interesting move for Nintendo to snap it up as an exclusive.

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