Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order when it arrives exclusively on the platform in 2019. The game is being developed by Koei Tecmo Games/Team Ninja and will be published by Nintendo. The previous installment in this series was released nearly 10 years ago.
The full PR following the Game Awards reveal is below:
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order brings together Super Heroes and Super Villains from across the Marvel Universe to battle for the limitless power of the Infinity Gauntlet, one Stone at a time. This unprecedented team of characters must use their unique superpowers to defeat the mad cosmic tyrant Thanos and his ruthless warmasters, The Black Order. The game will feature an original story and a playable cast of dozens of Marvel Super Heroes, including the Avengers, the X-Men, and—for the first time in series history—the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The new game features the same kind of action-RPG gameplay that made the franchise such a hit over a decade ago. In MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order, up to four players can drop in for co-op battles in a variety of ways: They can play online*, link up offline via local wireless or pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to join the team. With another pair of Joy-Con (sold separately), four players can team up on one system. In addition to the series’ traditional perspective, the new entry will let players select a dynamic, zoomed-in heroic view, allowing for a more immersive play style for single-player or multiplayer when using multiple systems.
Nintendo and Marvel are teaming up to bring “Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order” exclusively to Switch, they announced during The Game Awards on Thursday.
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This latest installment in the franchise arrives nearly 10 years after its predecessor. It’s being developed by Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja. “The Black Order” brings together a variety of superheroes and villains from across the Marvel universe to battle for the Infinity Gauntlet. Standing in their way is the mad cosmic tyrant Thanos and The Black Order. The game features an original story and a playable cast of dozens of Marvel characters, including members of the Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy (a series first).
“Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order” features up to four player co-op via online, local wireless, or Joy-Con. Four players with four Joy-Cons can all play on a single system, Nintendo said.
“As longtime fans of the franchise, we could not be prouder and more excited to bring back ‘Ultimate Alliance’ with its biggest game yet,” said Mike Jones, vice president and executive producer, Marvel Games in a press release. “’Marvel Ultimate Alliance’ is all about teaming up with your friends and creating your own ‘dream team’ of super heroes to go on adventures across the Marvel Universe, and Nintendo Switch is perfect for delivering on that promise of cooperative gameplay and shared experiences.”
Nintendo and Marvel will release additional details about the game in the future.
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