Prior to this year’s E3, news broke that Square-Enix would be showing off for the first time a new Guardians of the Galaxy game from developer Eidos-Montreal. They indeed did just that during their E3 presentation, wasting no time in getting straight to it as it opened their show.
Despite starring the team, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, available October 26th, is a single-player action-adventure where you take on the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. He’ll come equipped with his elemental gun, which you can cycle between its types during battle, as well as his trademark hover boots that can be used both for traversal and boosting around battles. His fellow Guardians will still be in the fray, and you’ll be able to command the likes of Groot, Rocket, Gamora and Drax to assist you in fights.
Similar to a game like Mass Effect, or even the team’s first official starring role in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, you can interact with your comrades through dialogue choices that can have both mundane and major effects on your relationships. Examples given in the rather lengthy gameplay reveal was deciding whether or not to have Drax throw Rocket across a chasm, and the team wrestling with selling Rocket or Groot to the only villain mentioned, Lady Hellbender, who has an affinity for monsters.
In this take on the material, the team has been in operation for about a year and they’re still coming together as a unit. Writer Dan Abnett, who helped reintroduce the team in the comics, appears to have had some input on the story, however those who just know the Guardians from their cinematic exploits will feel right at home with Eidos-Montreal’s take on them.
The Nova Corps are a generic police force instead of human rockets, and Peter Quill has his now trademark cassette player, rocking out to songs like “Bad Reputation” from Joan Jett and “Holding out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler. An Easter Egg in Quill’s room showed a poster for Marvel pop-idol Dazzler, so maybe there will be some original music too. Other Guardians of the Galaxy mainstays like Cosmo and Mantis also make appearances.
Perhaps what was most exciting about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was its environment and enemy design. As this franchise isn’t beholden to Earth, locations rich with color and alien architecture were seen throughout the debut footage, along with bizarre creatures including a gelatinous cube that could produce sharp razor blades.
Provided there are no delays, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be in the hands of players fairly soon. Game Informer also announced that the game is part of their upcoming cover story so they’ll also have more news about it soon.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to the PlayStation and Xbox family of consoles and PC.