The massive roster for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is slated to grow even larger after launch, with the game's first planned DLC including the Punisher and other Marvel Knights characters.
Promising to eclipse the hero rosters of the previous two Marvel Ultimate Alliance entries, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will also sport the franchise's most diverse cast of superpowered bruisers yet. Having previously announced more of the usual expected heroes when revealing The Fantastic Four's inclusion at last month's E3 2019, developer Ninja Theory and publisher Nintendo have since proven that they're willing to shake things up a bit in terms of who players will be able to control. At the Marvel Games panel at this weekend's San Diego Comic Con, the studio unveiled the lovable and always scheming Loki as a playable villain to be playable, a first for the hero-centric Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise.
In keeping with the developer's willingness to add characters that frequently flirt with morally grey territory, the developer took to San Diego Comic Con's Hall H to announce Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order's first DLC characters. This first DLC offering, whose launch is yet to be dated, will include gun-toting vigilante Punisher, vampire-slicing Blade, supernatural avenger Moon Knight, and the blood-sucking Morbius, a collection of anti-heroes who are sure to provide the upcoming title with a serious dose of hardcore. While the free DLC characters Colossus and Cyclops will be made free on August 30, the quartet of darker Marvel Knights heroes will be a part of the game's $20 expansion pass.
The first of three paid DLC expansions for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is MARVEL KNIGHTS - it includes Blade, Moon Knight, Punisher, and Morbius pic.twitter.com/ObN0wWb5V2— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) July 18, 2019
This newest batch of promised heroes (whose character art was tweeted out by Screen Rant's own Rob Keyes from the Hall H floor) brings Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order's already impressive roster to well over three dozen. It's refreshing to see is that Ninja Theory is reaching deeper than past titles did in order to handpick some of Marvel's less mainstream crime-fighters and evil-doers, a dedication to source material that's sure to win fan trust. Though it's a sure bet that players won't be able to blow holes in or suck the life from human enemies as the Punisher or Morbius, it will be interesting to see how far Ninja Theory might push the envelope on the more family-friendly Switch.
With the game's slated to launch later tonight, it's needless to say that all of these last-minute base game and DLC character reveals at this year's Comic-Con were a bit unprecedented. As a Switch-exclusive, though, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order's ultimate sales performance still seems relatively up in the air at the moment, especially when it's had to compete with Crystal Dynamics' more streamlined, multi-platform Marvel's Avengers eating up a large portion of the spotlight since it was announced earlier this year.
Source: Rob Keyes/Twitter