It’s been over 10 years since the last Ultimate Alliance game released and both comic book and video game fans were about ready to give up all hope for a new entry in the series. Luckily Nintendo and Marvel have combined forces to bring us Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, a new game developed by Team Ninja, best known for the hack n’ slash Ninja Gaiden games.
Although we now have a confirmed release date and a look at the game’s box art, fans still have some lingering questions that neither Nintendo nor Marvel have addressed. So we’re here to cover everything you need to know about the upcoming sequel, including official story and gameplay details, as well as consistent fan theories circulating online. We’ll be updating this story in the future with new information, so make sure to check back.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Release Date
Ultimate Alliance 3 will be released on July 19, 2019, as a Switch exclusive. The game is currently available for pre-order.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Story
The game takes place along the same timeline as the recent MCU Avengers films and sees superheroes from across the galaxy working together to collect the six Infinity Stones before Thanos and his legion of supervillains, The Black Order. During the game, players will get to visit iconic locations from both the MCU and comics, such as the Avengers Tower, the X-Mansion, and more.
Ultimate Alliance 3 will allow players to control both heroes and villains from across the pantheon of Marvel characters. At launch, the game will have 34 playable characters, 27 bosses, and 11 non-playable characters. There are plans to support the game post-launch and offer additional characters as DLC.
- Black Panther
- Black Widow
- Captain America
- Captain Marvel
- Doctor Strange
- Ghost Rider
- Groot and Rocket Raccoon
- Iron Fist
- Iron Man
- Luke Cage
- Miles Morales Spider-Man
- Ms. Marvel
- Scarlet Witch
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Gameplay – What Could Be Changed?
Ultimate Alliance 3’s gameplay seems mostly similar to its predecessors, albeit with some quality of life improvements. Prior to each mission, you’ll be assembling a team of four characters who can each be controlled independently as you make your way through sprawling levels fighting enemies and solving puzzles.
Since every character has their own unique pool of abilities and can perform Synergy combo maneuvers with other characters, putting together a well-rounded team of heroes or villains that compliment one another will be important for completing levels efficiently. Characters will also utilize party members’ abilities to pull off powerful finisher moves that trigger all-out team attacks, causing massive amounts of damage. Whereas previous Ultimate Alliance games granted players the ability to pick up and throw enemies, UA3 does not allow it.
New to the game are Infinity Trials, which act as side missions where you can grind for XP and items in areas you’ve already visited. These will allow you to use different characters and enforce modifiers such as countdown timers and increased waves of enemies. You’ll also gain bonuses for having a team of characters from the same group, like The Avengers or The Defenders, with the ability to stack the effect with overlapping characters.
Like previous games, Ultimate Alliance 3 will feature four-person co-op with support for both local and online multiplayer. Each player will be able to control a different character as you work together to defeat enemies.
A new feature is the addition of a Heroic Camera, which allows you to play the game with a zoomed-in perspective and lock-on to targets. This makes it easier to focus on what your character is currently doing at the trade-off of not being able to see as much of the battlefield. However, this option is only available in single-player and online multiplayer.
The Final Word
It’s great to see the Ultimate Alliance series brought into the modern age after a large time gap since the last release. Although the game’s Switch exclusivity does come as a bit of a surprise, we’re thankful that Nintendo decided to foot the bill and get this game into player’s hands.
Now that Marvel has solidified its presence in film with the continued success of the MCU, it makes sense to spread their reach to the console game market. The massive roster of potential superheroes and villains we may see added later on has us eager to see what Marvel and Team Ninja have in store.
If you’re excited for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order and own or are planning on picking up a Switch, make sure to check out our list for the Best Upcoming Switch Games of 2019.