Marvel’s mutants, the X-Men, their rival Magneto, and his Brotherhood of Mutants, will play a prominent role in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, based on a new trailer for the Nintendo Switch-exclusive game.
While a handful of X-Men were already confirmed for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 — Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Storm — new gameplay footage from the game also shows Professor X students Psylocke and Beast in action against teams of Sentinels. Cyclops and Colossus also appear, but not in playable form (yet). It seems Magneto will join the fight against Thanos’ Black Order, but it’s not clear if he, Mystique, and Juggernaut will also be playable characters.
The inclusion of X-Men is positive news for Marvel fans who like mutants in their video games. Mutant heroes and villains have taken a back seat to characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man) in many recent Marvel games. Notably, 2017 fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite excluded X-Men entirely, despite their history with the franchise.
Now that the film rights to X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Marvel characters are back in the hands of Marvel owner Disney, Marvel video game fans will get to see all (well, almost all) of their favorite superheroes duking it out in future games.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is coming to Switch on July 19.