Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 DLC packs will not be sold individually

It looks like players will need to buy Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order‘s Expansion Pass if they want access to the game’s three DLC packs. Recent updates to the game’s official sites indicate that the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 DLC packs will not be sold individually.

An update to the official Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 website confirmed that players must buy the Expansion Pass to gain access to the DLC packs. In addition to this, the game’s page on Nintendo’s website has also been updated to reflect this.

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Nintendo revealed the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Expansion Pass during its Nintendo Direct livestream at E3 2019. The announcement revealed that it would include three unique DLC packs, each focused on one of three comic series: Fantastic Four, Marvel Knights, and X-Men. As part of this, each pack will come with new playable characters, modes, as well as new story content.

In addition to the three DLC packs, players who pre-order the Expansion Pass also gain access to an alternate chef’s costume for Deadpool. Unlike the DLC packs, which will start arriving later this year, the Deadpool costume will available when the game launches on July 19.

The decision to not sell the DLC packs individually may seem confusing to some. Most companies usually release the contents of their season passes for purchase individually. For example, you cannot individually buy any of the maps in Black Ops 4‘s Black Ops Pass. However, Nintendo most likely wants to drive sales of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3’s Expansion Pass. This decision may encourage players who’re sitting on the fence to take the plunge and buy the entire pass.

Of course, this could still change in the future, and Nintendo could eventually offer individual purchases for the DLC packs down the line. That said, each DLC pack does promise to bring a significant amount of content to the game, which could mean that the Expansion Pass’ $19.99 price tag might actually be a decent price for all three. But forcing players down one avenue isn’t the best for consumer choice.