Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Interview (cont'd)
FiringSquad: What are some of the game's missions like in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance?
Matthew Paul: There are a ton of different types of missions in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, ranging from saving Prince Namor in the underwater city of Atlantis, to destroying a big missile before it destroys a major city. We also have Comic Book Missions for most of the playable Super Heroes in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, where once you find/unlock one, allows the player to pause the game and step outside the current story mission and play a Super Hero specific mission. These are cool because these Comic Book Missions are based on notorious battles straight out of the comics that hardcore comic fans will totally appreciate and your not so hard core gamers will like just because they get to learn a little bit of history about the characters they are playing with.
Plus, when you’re playing them in MP, the main player gets to play whoever the Super Hero is for that specific mission, but the other players get to take over the bad guys, so they can either help out by not fighting, or they can totally try and stop the player from completing the Comic Book Mission. Also, if you unlock a Comic Book Mission, you can either play it right then and there, or you can wait, continue playing through the main story and access the Comic Book Mission at a later time. And finally, many of the missions in are also optional or can be taken at any time and will scale to the player’s level.
FiringSquad: The game will have some extra ways to alter the single player storyline. Can you talk about those features?
Matthew Paul: Well, like I mentioned before, there are many key decision points found throughout Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. These decisions will affect the fate of the Marvel universe, so once the player reaches the very end of the game (i.e. – after the final boss battle) the player will learn about how their actions affected the Marvel universe via our epilogue cut scene system. It’s pretty cool because there are so many different choices that have to be made, thus, there are a lot of different epilogue cut scene scenarios.