Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Panel Recap

Vicarious Visions and Marvel take to the stage to talk about the sequel to their hit superhero action RPG.

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Who Was There: On hand from Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 developer Vicarious Visions were studio head Guha Bala, lead writer Evan Skolnick, and game director Dan Tanguay. From Marvel there was director of games TQ Jefferson, and none other than Stan Lee. MUA2 voice actors Armin Shimerman (Green Goblin) and Fred Tatasciore (Hulk and Thing) were also there. The panel was moderated by GameSpot’s own editor-in-chief Ricardo Torres.

What They Talked About: There was no overarching theme to the panel, with topics jumping between various parts of the development process. In fact, the only area that wasn’t really explored was the technology behind the game. The panel kicked off with a trailer featuring the newly announced Penance as a playable character. When asked why Penance was included in the game, we were told that because the game takes place in the Civil War timeline, they really wanted someone who exemplified the changes that occurred during that period. Penance is someone who changed dramatically during the Marvel Civil War in terms of the way his kinetic powers became more intense, so they went with him as an iconic figure from that timeline.

Another big topic of discussion was the alterations made to the Civil War story in order to better suit the game. Civil War is known as a very dialogue-heavy timeline, which doesn’t translate all that well to an action game, so they had to work hard paring down all the nonessential parts. They also had to tweak the ending to make sure the resolution is a satisfying one for players depending on which side they chose. But they also added to the story in the form of characters, such as Thor and the Hulk, who were never involved in that timeline. Why? Vicarious Visions simply couldn’t imagine a game of Marvel heroes without those two.

About halfway through the panel, Stan Lee took to the stage to do his usual routine of cracking jokes and praising the work of those involved with the various Marvel projects. He also went on to “inject a note of sophistication” as he said laughingly. After a bit of time talking to Stan Lee with questions about his ultimate superhero fantasy (none, he’s already living a fantasy) and his thoughts on the Civil War timeline (loves it, wishes he’d come up with it himself), it was time for audience questions.

Best Audience Question: One person asked if it was going to be possible to switch sides during the game, going from pro-registration to anti-registration or vice versa. We really like the idea and think it would make for an interesting twist on the freedom of choice you’re given. Apparently, Vicarious Visions also liked the idea because they said they’d originally thought of the concept of defection mechanics, but ultimately, they decided that it would make the game too complex for average players.

Worst Audience Question: One well-meaning fan made the mistake of phrasing his question in a way he probably didn’t mean to, asking the game’s voice actors what it’s like doing voice work compared to “real acting.” They took the question in stride, but the audience let the poor kid have it.

The Takeway: The audience was filled with Marvel fans and, unsurprisingly, they ate up every last bit of the panel--including the brand-new trailer debuted at the end. If you’re in the same camp, it looks like you’ll have a lot to look forward to with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.

Discussion

16 comments
Coolyfett
Coolyfett

They let the poor kid have it?? That is too funny!! Booooooooooooooo! I can see it now. Man I love playing this game on my PSP. It should ebe an evn more fun time when part 2 comes out!

RazerBlade13
RazerBlade13

Defection would have been a great idea. I always thought Wolverine would snap and kill Spider-Man. Ah well, I guess that's just a personal dream.

balanceded
balanceded

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nemesi609
nemesi609

@ peacesells92, agreed, that spinning sword attack was so brutal, i basically beat the game with that attack, i just kept circling bosses while spinning, so awesome.

Peacesells92
Peacesells92

mmmm, all I need is Deadpool and I'll be fine.

trenno2529
trenno2529

keen. but i'm wondering if they're ever going to finish x-men legends, it was left open in the end of the second title.

linx_da_cat
linx_da_cat

@wookieearmada Yeah you're probably right on that one. The House of M saga would be intriguing as well.

wookieearmada
wookieearmada

@linx da cat, I think they already played with the AoA idea in the second X-Men dungeon crawler. It'd be awesome, but I doubt they'd revisit the timeline with it being over 10 years old. They've got to suckle at Bendis' teat as long as they can since apparently he controls all of Marvel now, they'll probably make House of M before they do AoA.

NuKkU
NuKkU

This game willl be great cant wait for it!!! :D

linx_da_cat
linx_da_cat

The Civil War makes for some great source material in which to build a game on. My hope is if or when MUA3 is developed Vicarious Visions will consider using the Age of Apocalypse timeline as source material.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Switching sides would've been even cooler.

inoten
inoten

Cant wait for this game.