The Nintendo Switch is getting another third-party exclusive. The just-announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is coming to Nintendo's hybrid gaming machine in 2019 and nowhere else. A trailer debuted at this year's The Game Awards festivities.
Team Ninja is currently working on the title as a developer, the studio behind hits such as Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, and Nioh, marking its first collaboration with Nintendo since the highly controversial and polarizing Metroid: Other M for the Nintendo Wii.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
This will also be the first Ultimate Alliance game since Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, which was released in 2009 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, and PlayStation Portable. The first title was released in 2006. Both were generally well-received.
Much of the gameplay revolves around Diablo-style combat, with characters throughout the Marvel Universe making due appearances. Things are going to change a bit with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, though. For one, it'll allow up to four-player local co-op on a single Switch console. The story will revolve around various Marvel Superheroes teaming up to take on Thanos and his Black Order allies.
Footage shown in the trailer looks incredibly promising, with what appears to be a wide selection of characters, including favorites from The Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and much more. So many superheroes and villains were on display, which will definitely send any Marvel nerd into a frenzy. Stay tuned until Nintendo or Team Ninja shares more details about gameplay, modes, and other additional information. But for now, it appears the only sure thing is that the title will only be released on the Switch.
Nintendo Switch Exclusive
Will Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order arrive on other consoles eventually? As of this time, the notion doesn't seem likely, although it's still possible. Timed exclusives — wherein a game is exclusive to a particular console for a set period of time only — aren't unheard of.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order might very well end up being a timed exclusive. In any case, the game isn't due until 2019, and if there's enough demand for it once the title rolls out, the developers might be forced to work something out. One thing is for sure, though: the game will certainly draw other players, especially those not partial to Nintendo, into possibly buying a Switch. That's a win for Nintendo.
Check out the trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order below.