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The first set of paid DLC part of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order’s Expansion Pass has released a few hours early, adding new playable characters to the game alongside a hefty free update.

“Marvel Knights: Curse of the Vampire” adds Moon Knight, Morbius, Punisher, and Blade to the game plus a new “Gauntlet” mode, part of MUA3’s $19.99 Expansion Pass.

In Gauntlet mode, players partake in a series of multi-stage challenges to earn S.H.I.E.L.D. Tokens and to unlock the paid DLC pack’s new characters.

In tandem with the paid DLC content’s release, though, are some free updates, including a level cap raise to 150 and “part of the new Gauntlet mode.”

The following costumes are now available for existing characters:


  • Black Panther: Thrice-Blessed Armor
  • Captain America: Super Soldier Uniform
  • Hulk: Planet Hulk (Red Hulk)
  • Iron Man: Extremis Armor
  • Captain Marvel: Ms. Marvel (All-White)
  • Spider-Man: Symbiote Suit (Red-and-Gold)
  • Thor: Ultimate


Additionally, a brand-new “Nightmare” mode and the “S.H.I.E.L.D. Depot” have been added.

Nightmare mode causes random enemies to be infected by a vampiric curse, making them harder to defeat than usual.

Finally, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Depot allows players to spend their hard-earned Tokens on costumes, voice lines, and power-ups for their characters.

“Marvel Knights: Curse of the Vampire” was scheduled for release tomorrow, September 30th, but was instead surprise-dropped a few hours earlier.

Two more waves of DLC are scheduled to hit the game as part of the Expansion Pass: an X-Men-themed one and a Fantastic Four-themed one, one of which will arrive later this year and the other in 2020.

What’re your thoughts on the new additions? Let us know in the comments!

Need help unlocking Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3’s DLC characters? Check out our guide to all the characters in the game!

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

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