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Yet more Marvel-ous RPG action

Activision's Marvel: Ultimate Alliance promises to be the most ambitious rendering yet of the beloved, superhero-filled universe

Activision has taken the wraps off its most ambitious ever plundering of its tie-up with comic-book publisher Marvel: a new action-RPG entitled Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. It will let players take control of over 20 Marvel superheroes - including the likes of Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Captain America - and over 140 superhuman Marvel characters will feature in the game.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance sets out to innovate above and beyond the typical constraints of an RPG: in the game, players' actions will determine what happens to both the Earth and the Marvel universe. In the game, you will have to assemble a team of your favourite Marvel superheroes, which you will be able to level up individually or as a group.

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Developer Raven is concentrating on the combat system, which will see battles take place in the air, underwater and on the ground, and which will feature grappling, blocking, dodging and chargeable Super Hero moves. The game's storyline will morph according to which missions players accept and objectives they achieve, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance will have both on and offline co-operative modes, plus a competitive online mode.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance will come out on all current-gen and next-gen platforms, plus unspecified handhelds (PSP and, presumably, DS) and the PC. It's due this autumn - we'll bring you more specific launch-date info when we can.

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