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Marvel Ultimate Alliance: Assemble for an Epic Superhero Showdown!

In the vast landscape of superhero entertainment, Marvel reigns supreme. From blockbuster movies to captivating TV shows, the Marvel Cinematic Univers...

Hirun Cryer Jan 31, 2024
Marvel Ultimate Alliance: Assemble for an Epic Superhero Showdown!

In the vast landscape of superhero entertainment, Marvel reigns supreme. From blockbuster movies to captivating TV shows, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become an unstoppable force. However, when it comes to video games, Marvel has faced some challenges in finding its footing. That is, until the arrival of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise, which has the potential to change the game for Marvel heroes everywhere.

While games focusing on Spider-Man have seen success, other Marvel titles have struggled in recent years. Marvel's Avengers faced setbacks due to its live-service model, Marvel's Midnight Suns was too different to excite audiences, and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy suffered from the mistakes of previous Marvel games. It's clear that these games face an uphill battle with gamers, but Marvel Ultimate Alliance could be the key to breaking through those barriers. So let's hope that the third installment isn't the final nail in the coffin!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance made its debut in 2006 with Activision at the helm. It invited players into the Marvel Universe, granting them control of beloved heroes. With over 140 Marvel characters, including 23 playable ones (and a few exclusives), it was an absolute treat. The game's simple yet addictive gameplay made it shine, and it sparked a whole new series of games. However, subsequent entries failed to capture the charm of the original.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 arrived in 2009, expanding the playable roster with new Marvel characters. Unfortunately, the game fell short of its predecessor, simplifying the concept to the point of disappointment. The series went on a decade-long hiatus, likely due to low sales. Finally, in 2019, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, but it didn't make the impact the studio had hoped for.

Taking place after Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order allowed players to run wild in the Marvel Universe, battling Thanos. While it seemed like the perfect timing for its release, the game failed to capture the magic of the original. Limited to the Nintendo Switch, it also missed out on reaching its full potential, selling only around 1.6 million copies as of December 2022. While this may be considered a success for Nintendo, the lack of news regarding a sequel suggests the franchise may be heading for another hiatus.

But Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order cannot be the end of this incredible ensemble series. No other superhero game allows players to control dozens of heroes in a universe-spanning adventure. As the MCU expands, so does the potential for heroes to take the spotlight in this kind of epic journey. With other Marvel ensemble games facing challenges, it makes perfect sense to further explore this concept.

If the fourth game can match the quality of the original, it could become a massive hit. Imagine the thrill of saving the world as iconic heroes. Moreover, there is ample potential for post-launch DLC, introducing new heroes, cosmetics, and even original stories. To ensure success, the studio could follow the footsteps of the MCU or continue crafting its own unique tale, letting players unleash their powers and imagination. Whatever the choice, it's a must as the MCU continues to dominate pop culture.

From the creative minds at Koei Tecmo, Team NINJA, and Nintendo comes Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order—an action RPG game where players must assemble the perfect superhero squad to take on Thanos. With familiar faces from The Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, this is the ultimate showdown you've been waiting for.