After some voice actor-strike related court documents hinted at the game’s existence, Marvel and Telltale Games officially announced Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series at The Game Awards 2016 tonight. No details were given about the game, though a reveal teaser showcased a walkman with a custom mixtape floating over a planet in the cosmos. This suggests that the game will at least take inspiration from the revised, pop-fueled direction from 2014’s ultra-successful Guardians of the Galaxy movie from Marvel Studios, or may be a spin-off of said movie that inhabits the shared live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe of Marvel’s in-house movies and television shows.
Telltale and Marvel first announced a partnership on a new project in 2015, though it was unknown exactly which Marvel property would be adapted into Telltale’s highly popular format of episodic narrative-driven adventure games. The announcement of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series makes a lot of sense however, as next year will see the release of Marvel Studios movie sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to theatres in May. Telltale also claims in a separate press release that the game will feature multiple perspectives and player characters, similar to their Game of Thrones game.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is in development for PC, Mac, iOS, Android and various current consoles, no doubt at least including PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s currently unknown whether Telltale will persist with last-gen Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 ports of the game. It’s also unknown whether there’s any chance that Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series could come to the upcoming Nintendo Switch, since Telltale Games was recently confirmed to be one of Nintendo’s publishing partners for the console/handheld hybrid device. What is known however is that the new episodic game series will debut in 2017, and will come in both the expected digital format, as well as offering a physical Season Pass disc at retail that gives access to all five planned episodes as they release.
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