In the wake of leaks earlier this month, Marvel has confirmed that they will be bringing Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. News of the re-release was confirmed by the company earlier today.
Originally released for last-gen consoles in 2006 and 2009, respectively, the two entries in the franchise will be bundled together as the Marvel Ultimate Alliance Bundle. It won’t be released on store shelves though and will only be made available digitally for the price of $59.99. For those that only want one of the games, you can grab either of them for $39.99.
Developed by Raven Software, the original Marvel Ultimate Alliance pitted Marvel’s greatest heroes against Dr. Doom and the Masters of Evil. Players can choose from more than 22 different characters, and build teams of up to four heroes at a time. Bonuses are doled out for building teams based around actual groups such as the Avengers and Fantastic Four.
For the sequel, Activision tasked Vicarious Visions with development duties. While playing similar to the previous entry, Ultimate Alliance 2 introduced the “fusion” ability, which lets heroes team-up for attacks. Covering the Secret War and Civil War arcs, the title lets gamers build teams of both heroes and villains.
As for the re-release, Marvel themselves will be handling the porting. Both games will be receiving graphical enhancements, as well as improvements on the performance and UI fronts. Additionally, each title will feature full online and off-line co-operative play.
Even considering the relatively disappointing sequel, the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series are arguably the comic giant’s strongest video game offerings. The co-operative action RPG gaming worked well in X-Men Legends, and arguably worked just as good with the full Marvel Universe. I also have a soft spot in my heart for co-op based titles such as these two, so perhaps I’m a little biased.
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