In a surprise move, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was made an exclusive for the Nintendo Switch. Now, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime is opening up about how that decision came to be.
Speaking to IGN at The Game Awards, Fils-Aime stated the change in developers -- from Activision to Koei Tecmo -- and collaborations with the new development firm on Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors had a lot to do with it.
"What happens in the world of development is you have companies who have positive experiences in working together, coupled with franchises being available, and the franchise owner wanting to do something with a particular franchise,” he said. "And in this case, those three elements came together in order to create the opportunity for that game."
He added that Nintendo is always looking for opportunities like this and how they are happy with Koei's work on the game. "It's the Team Ninja portion of Koei Tecmo that's working on this. They've got a lot of skills, and it really helped paint a picture of what that game is going to be. We're tremendously excited about it,” said Fils-Aime.
As for whether the other two Ultimate Alliance games will also find a home on the Switch, Fils-Aime says they aren't thinking that far ahead. “I really can't comment on that. That's not been an area of focus for us. What we want to do is make this game a great experience, and certainly with all of the excitement around the overall Marvel universe, we think it's going to be a great opportunity.”
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will release for the Switch in 2019.