[UPDATE – 1/15/19 3:05pm EST] The IGN article has been revised since this story was originally posted, stating “Note: In a previous version of this article we incorrectly identified Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as having an October 26 release date, as opposed to a generic 2019 window. IGN regrets the error.” Was this truly an error, or a slip by the author that breached embargo?
Announced in December 2018, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is an upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive title, developed by Team Ninja and published by Nintendo. It’s a multiplayer beat-’em-up in the same vein as X-Men Legends I & II: Rise of Apocalypse, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1 & 2.
The release date of October 26, 2019 was published in an IGN article on January 14 titled “All The Confirmed Characters In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3,” which we’ve archived here in case the article is revised.
We suspect this is accidental because we could not find a single instance more specific than just “2019” on major sites. The Nintendo eShop and Wikipedia say “2019,” Amazon.com lists it as December 31, 2019, which is a common placeholder for games that have no release date. Even the game’s info page on IGN simply lists “December 31, 2019” or “TBA 2019” depending on where you look. If this happens to be a legitimate release date announcement, it doesn’t seem to be very coordinated or have much visibility or impact.
The piece ends with “…After all, with ten months until Ultimate Alliance’s October 26th release date, there’s plenty of time to expand the ranks of both heroes and villains.”
[UPDATE – 1/15/19 1:00PM EST] Reddit user u/NinjaCoachZ points out that October 26 is a Saturday. Switch games typically don’t launch on Saturdays so this may be a typo to actually mean Friday, October 25.