Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy is the next superhero-powered game to hit the shelves, following on from other Marvel-based successes like Marvel’s Avengers and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. A single-player narrative adventure developed by Eidos-Montréal, this new entry seeks to right the wrongs players outlined with the multiplayer-focused Avengers title… and it seems to be doing the trick so far!
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The game follows the events of Star-Lord (who you may know better as Peter Quill) who charms, shoots, and blags his way through a selection of Guardians storylines. The game is going to be more of a ‘greatest hits’ of the ragtag cosmic crew, rather than focusing on one specific arc, but we feel that’s going to make for a better game overall. A sampler, in this case, is better than a one-course meal.
Square Enix revealed the new action title during a stream at E3 2021, showing over 20 minutes of gameplay and interviews related to the title. Rumours of the game’s existence had circulated for some time, although there weren’t any leaks prior to the event.
Here’s everything we know about Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy release date, platforms and price
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy will launch on October 26, just in time for the holiday season.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy will cost £59.99 on current and last generation consoles. There are no pricing details for the Nintendo Switch version at the time of writing, but we will update this as soon as Square Enix announces the price.
Control Ultimate Edition Cloud Edition which launched on Nintendo Switch last year cost £34.99, so fans can likely expect a slightly reduced price on the platform.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hands-on preview
The most important thing to take away from our Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hands-on preview is the fact that the project has enough new content and fresh ideas to make the project feel markedly different from the cinematic universe series of films. Which is good, given you don’t just want to play a carbon copy of what James Gunn has been building on for the last few years.
“While Marvel’s Avengers is all about playing as your favourite hero, Guardians of The Galaxy sees you wrestling with leadership as Starlord Peter Quill although riffing entirely on the comics rather than anything seen in the films,” says our own Ali Shutler of the game.
“At times Guardians of the Galaxy is incredibly frustrating but it never feels impossible. It helps that the game looks beautiful, the characters have their own personalities, and this team of misfits actually has friction between one another. I think there’s a chance the banter between the Guardians might get annoying after a while but during my two-hour playtime, the sheen never wore off.”
Safe to say that the game left a good impression, then – and as you can see from the videos embedded in this page, there’s a good reason for it. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be a pithy, fun game that leverages the ridiculous fun of the parent series to give players something that was missing from Marvel’s Avengers, perhaps because this most recent project doesn’t take itself all that seriously.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy trailers
Square Enix has released two official trailers for the game so far, including an official reveal trailer and an expanded gameplay trailer.
The official reveal trailer shows off the game’s story, introducing players to Peter Quill and the rest of the Guardians. The reveal also shows off the game’s combat, character dialogue and a number of alien environments, all set to the soundtrack of Bonnie Tyler’s I Need A Hero.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy’s gameplay trailer provides a deeper look at how the game will play. This trailer also features dialogue, planet exploration, combat and also a look at the narrative choices. It’s unclear how much these choices will affect the overarching narrative.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy gameplay and story
Players will follow a linear narrative-driven adventure in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. The story will center around the Guardians fixing a mess they started, one that could cause the destruction of the universe.
Gameplay is a mix of dialogue, exploration and combat as mentioned. Players will only control Star Lord throughout the game, but will influence the other characters through a narrative choice system. In the footage shown so far, players can affect small moments like choosing to throw Rocket over a ravine, or larger moments like choosing which Guardian to pretend to sell.
Combat is a mix of close-range and long-range attacks, featuring a combat system that looks somewhat similar to the Devil May Cry franchise. Throughout combat, the player will be able to control Gamora, Rocket, Drax and Groot, who all have their own special attacks.
Eidos-Montréal has also worked the narrative aspect of the title into the combat, as Star Lord can talk during combat to motivate the team.
Will Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy have DLC or microtransactions?
Unlike Square Enix’s other Marvel’s property, Guardians Of The Galaxy will not include any microtransactions or DLC.
Speaking ahead of the title’s E3 reveal, senior narrative designers Mary Demarle said: “There isn’t going to be any DLC for this game, there isn’t going to be any microtransactions,”
“That’s because, for us, it’s very important that on day one, when players get this game, they can have access to everything there is about this game and to experience it.” added Marle.
However, there will be several pre-order bonuses for the title, which includes additional costumes for the Guardians.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy movies are well-known for having eclectic soundtracks that feature popular 80s hits. Square Enix has confirmed the game will be no different, featuring artists such as Pat Benetar, Joan Jett, KISS, Rick Astley and Iron Maiden.
The extended gameplay trailer showed Peter Quill using his tape player during combat. By pressing L1 and R1 together, players can huddle up and cause more damage while licensed songs play in the background.
Is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy a live-service game?
Unlike Marvel’s Avengers, Guardians Of The Galaxy is not a live-service game. Eidos-Montréal has been vocal about the game being a single-player only experience from start to finish.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy’s narrative director confirmed over the weekend (June 20) that players will have the option to remove copyrighted music during gameplay.
This is important to those players who intend to stream the game when it releases later this year. Copyrighted music can cause DMCA strikes against streamers, leading to temporary and permanent account closures.