Activision and Raven team up for Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

More than 140 characters from comic publisher's universe set to appear in upcoming action RPG from X-Men Legends developer.

After two X-Men Legends games focusing on just the mutant superteam's exploits, Activision and Raven Software are expanding their focus. For their next title, due out this fall on multiple platforms, the dynamic publisher-developer duo is tackling the entire Marvel universe. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance will feature more than 20 playable characters, including Wolverine, Spider-Man, Captain America, Blade, and The Thing. Activision is promising that when the game is finished, more than 140 Marvel characters will appear in some form.

Customizability appears to be a theme for the game, as players will be able to create their own team name and vehicle, level up characters individually or as a group, and go into a fight bare-fisted or wielding improvised weapons plucked from the environment. On top of that, Activision is promising player interaction in the story, where each gamer's team has its own reputation, and the missions accepted, the objectives completed, and the player's interactions with characters all have a hand in the story's path and outcome.

Ultimate Alliance will feature online and offline multiplayer cooperative modes, as well as a competitive mode that tracks each player's statistics and distributes experience and equipment points based on those numbers.

And much like Activision enlisted Uncanny X-Men scribe Chris Claremont to help write its upcoming X-Men: The Official Game along with Zak Penn, screenwriter for X2 and this summer's X-Men: The Last Stand, the publisher is again turning to talent from the source material for help. For Ultimate Alliance, Marvel Mangaverse writer C.B. Cebulski will lend his expertise to developer Raven Software.

Activision has announced Ultimate Alliance for the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox, PlayStation 2, PSP, Game Boy Advance, and PC. The game is set for a fall release.

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sonofevilonesda
sonofevilonesda

i'm gonna kick ass with my team of thor, blade, black panther , and ghost rider

cochon101
cochon101

i can't wait to kick some ass with Blade !!!

DeathBlitz
DeathBlitz

Whoa. Someone reviewing X-men Lengends II said they should make the next game Marvel Lengends.... Well anyway, X-men Legends was good but not that good, i hope they really improve the graphics, they look crap on the screen

00Drache00
00Drache00

I don't know, i Imagine it to be somewhat like that horrible Marvel Nemises game. But I am eagerly anticipatying this one, since you will be able to, with hope, play hulk, since there are 140 marvel Characters with over 20 that you can play. Should be somewhat good ;)

NuGundam_20
NuGundam_20

All of these marvel characters in one game, this is a dream come true ^ ^

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

um, i hope the storylines not overwelmingly light-hearted. beyonder? hahaha

antoine420
antoine420

awsome, hope it's not a flop. one day someone will make an awsome marvel rpg and mabey this will be it, but since its coming out for all these different platforms i don't really see it working out. good luck activision!

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

I wonder if the "Beyonder" will be in the game. He's really powerful!

Stromdansre
Stromdansre

Personally, I'd rather be able to create a customized superhero to be introduced in the the Marvel and/or DC universe that plays out to have their own story, their own nemesis and have established heroes make cameos throughout the story. But I'm weird like that.

wreck-
wreck-

needs ds support with wifi THANKS.

VFG
VFG

Awesome. If it's as good as X-Men Legends it will be great.

mariomaniac92
mariomaniac92

Wow that's alot of characters. That ought to be a great game.

kinncolts
kinncolts

im glad activison is showin rev (i dont like the name wii) some support. but im afriad this game will just be another half-assed port like so many gameucbe games..hopefully it wont

EvIlKiNgKoOpA
EvIlKiNgKoOpA

the hulk got to be a playable character man,imagine him and the thing teaming up,heck toss juggernaunt aswell in the mix of playable and the team will be unstopable

ice238
ice238

its looks and sounds like a real great game but my only problem with it so fat is that it wont be available for the gamecube :(

ashlyantony
ashlyantony

Gr8 News!!!!! So....Er....When is it going to be on the shelves?? Any time soon....

phillycheez
phillycheez

As long as the game isn't as buggy/glitchy as X-men Legends II, then it should be really good. Granted I love X-men Legends II, but it had a lot of glitches that got really annoying. Also they didn't really put in a lot of characters that a lot of people wanted or made them exclusives on other platforms (stupid PSP getting Cable).

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

I hope the make it more action-oriented. Legends was more RPG and less action. There must be some sort of balance. The multi-ending idea is Awesome IMO. kool.

flarisek
flarisek

Sounds great in concept. Let's hope they can pull this off. Customization and Marvel UNIVERSE can equal tons of replay value and fun. Can't wait to see more.

Zeldasboy_12
Zeldasboy_12

yeah, this is kinda old, but oh well, me want

gibb1
gibb1

almost like a dream come true, this game and the newest upcoming mortal kombat.

gibb1
gibb1

cool, could be a great game too.

thatguytony
thatguytony

jono128: no nintendo support?? No, now that they're calling it Wii I wouldn't put my game on it either, just out of spite. Well I loved the Legends games, so as long as the game is as good as those I'm sold.

Icekxg
Icekxg

As long as they have deadpool, I'll be happy...just hope they don't have the same person doing his voice that did in Legends 2

nytrospawn
nytrospawn

Does that mean I can watch the hilarious dynamic between Cable and Deadpool play out in front of my very own eyes?! Sweet Bejeebus, that would be awesome.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

I am still not done with Xmen Legends 2... So many characters......

spartan202
spartan202

hopefully 360 version of this game wont make ps2 version crappy

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

Good news...as long as who ever developed Marvel Nemesis: Rise Of The Imperfects is no where near this project...it will be good.

Nafda
Nafda

Oh man, this hot.

scotty15
scotty15

of course it will be... this is gonna be a completely seperate game from xmen legends, story wise... being a huge marvel fan, im definetly getting this, no matter what, even if it gets crappy reviews, i simply MUST HAVE this game, on my ps2/ps3 and psp =D

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

sounds good. i gotta get through the first 2...wonder if the story will be completely separate from the x-men legend stories

tait007
tait007

I was just thinking that after two great X-Men Legend games that a game involving more marval characters would bo awsome. Good job Activision and Raven, I can't wait.

abdu4
abdu4

sounds interesting. It better have good graphics for next gen :D

thekey
thekey

I have a feeling this game is going to be HOT!!!!

Bizzar3
Bizzar3

The more Marvel the better ...!

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

I laughed. "Activision has announced Ultimate Alliance for the Wii" I REALLY don't know if that is going to catch on.