Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was announced at the annual Game Awards on Thursday. The game was announced alongside a trailer that revealed it will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive and that it is set to release in 2019.
The trailer showed the Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Spider-Man and X-Men fighting their respective enemies in flashy action. The Infinity Stones, Black Order and Super Skrull also made an appearance. Finally, Nick Fury declared that the heroes would have to come together to save the world. The game will be developed by Team Ninja, creators of the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive franchises.
The first Ultimate Alliance released in 2006, bringing together the heroes of the Marvel Universe to fight Doctor Doom, who was determined to steal Odin's power. An isometric action-RPG from Raven Software in the vein of X-Men Legends, which Raven also developed, the game released to positive reviews. Its sequel released in 2009, adapting the "Civil War" storyline from the comics and having players choose between two factions. Eventually, both teams of heroes reunited to stop an even bigger threat.
Ultimate Alliance 3 will be the latest Marvel game to feature the X-Men in its roster. Last year's Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite received criticism from its fanbase for excising Marvel's mutant family after the previous entries featured a variety of them. At the time, it was believed the X-Men were cut due to Marvel not having the film rights to the characters.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will release for the Switch in 2019.