While Thanos may have been vanquished on the big screen, he’s still wreaking havoc within the world of video games.
The best way to combat the “Mad Titan” and his “Black Order” contingent is by combining the super-heroic abilities of Marvel’s best and brightest. Thankfully, Nintendo has partnered up with Koei Tecmo development studio Team Ninja to produce such an epic playable scenario. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, both a sequel and a reboot of the beloved action/RPG franchise, features a who’s who of Marvel Comics heroes that are ready to dish out some beatdowns to the many villains within their vast universe.
Before you assemble your team of super-powered saviors, check out this guide on everything there is to know about MUA 3: The Black Order.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is scheduled to launch exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on July 19.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Reveal Trailer
While this sequel is the 3rd official installment in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series, its plot takes place in an entirely different universe than the last two games. Freelance comic book writer Marc Sumerak has been entrusted with constructing the story for the series’ return. The overall plotline will focus on the heroes and even the villains of the Marvel Comics universe as they look to deal with the threat of Thanos and his Black Order army.
Playable Characters, Bosses, and Non-Playable Characters
The Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise is celebrated for its inclusion of several popular and lesser-known superheroes and villains. This upcoming sequel features a playable roster that’s heavily influenced by the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” (MCU) – gamers, moviegoers, and comic book fanatics alike will be able to command the powers of characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man and more. Popular Marvel Comics teams will be represented as well, such as The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Defenders, the X-Men and more. The lists posted below detail the game’s array of playable characters, bosses you’ll do battle against, and non-playable characters.
• Black Panther
• Black Widow
• Blade (added via Curse of the Vampire character pack)
• Cable (added via Rise of the Phoenix character pack)
• Captain America
• Captain Marvel
• Colossus (added via a free update on August 30, 2019)
• Cyclops (added via a free update on August 30, 2019)
• Doctor Strange
• Drax the Destroyer
• Elsa Bloodstone
• Gambit (added via Rise of the Phoenix character pack)
• Ghost Rider
• Groot & Rocket Raccoon
• Iceman (added via Rise of the Phoenix character pack)
• Iron Fist
• Iron Man
• Luke Cage
• Moon Knight (added via the Curse of the Vampire character pack)
• Morbius (added via Curse of the Vampire character pack)
• Ms. Marvel
• Phoenix (added via Rise of the Phoenix character pack)
• Punisher (added via Curse of the Vampire character pack)
• Scarlet Witch
• Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
• Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
• Black Dwarf
• Corvus Glaive
• Doctor Octopus
• Ebony Maw
• Green Goblin
• Proxima Midnight
• Red Skull
• Ronan the Accuser
• Black Bolt
• Jessica Jones
• Nick Fury
• Nova Corps
• Professor X
• Winter Soldier
Like the entries in the series that came before it, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a top-down action/RPG. Players can choose to go solo and fight alongside AI-controlled partners or join three online allies for some co-op action. Each character has access to light and heavy melee/ranged attacks that can be combined together to dish out combos, four signature abilities, and an extremely powerful “Ultimate” attack. Depending on the characters available during a battle, you can team up certain heroes to activate synergy skills. For instance, Iron Man can shoot off his “Unibeam” at Captain America’s shield and split it into a series of lasers that target multiple foes.
Besides upgrading each character individually and equipping them with stat-boosting “ISO-8’s,” players will also be able to collectively improve every hero at once. A sphere-grid-like system will include a number of stat increases that apply to every playable character on your roster. Another instance of stat boosts that the game includes occurs when certain combinations of characters are put together. These team bonuses activate once specific groups of two, three, or four heroes come together. These teams will also come with their own aliases that should be familiar to longtime Marvel Comics fans – some of the team names spotted thus far includes the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Wisecracking Warriors,” and “Femmes Fatales.”
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Pre-Order
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is available for pre-order right here – no pre-order incentives have been announced thus far. However, details on the game’s “Expansion Pass” have been revealed. The three DLC Packs contained with this season pass includes new characters from popular Marvel Comics properties such as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Marvel Knights. Along with these roster additions, players will get to experience new modes and story scenarios. Purchasers of the Expansion Pass will receive an alternative-color chef outfit for Deadpool at the game’s launch.
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