Telltale Games have been extra secretive about their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy game, very similar to how they kept their Batman game well under wraps up until release. Well, the GotG game just received a few new noteworthy details.
Over on the GameStop page, they reveal that the game won't follow the narrative set in place with the original Guardians of the Galaxy film, nor will it follow the story threads laid out in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Even more than that, they aren't even following the comic book. Telltale is crafting their own vision of the universe similar to what they've done with Batman: The Telltale Series, which has actually culminated in a very intense and psychologically in-depth look at the dichotomy between the life led by Bruce Wayne and the antics he carries out at night as Batman. Telltale has also done a wonderful job so far with what little we've seen of the Joker. He's the right mix of intriguing, calculating and whimsically psychotic.
And, speaking of villains, the main antagonist in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series will be the last of "her" kind. Instantly it makes me think of Karen Gillan's portrayal of Nebula from the Marvel movie version of Guardians of the Galaxy. We don't know if it's going to be Nebula, but it seems like a fairly safe bet. But, given the expanse of the property, it could technically be anyone... I mean, we're talking about a galaxy full of heroes and villains!
We also find out that players will be in control of Star-Lord throughout the game. They specifically mention his "rocket-powered boots", so I'm sure they will play a part in the journey at some point. They also detail on the page that it's a completely original adventure, not lifted from the other mediums.
It does sound as if the game centers around the team going in search of an Infinity Stone, given that it explains that Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Drax and Gamora discover an "artifact of unspeakable power" and they each try to get their hands on it.
Based on the description, it doesn't sound as if players will be taking command of the other Guardians, which would be a real shame because that would certainly help add to the appeal of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. It was certainly one of the highlights of Game of Thrones: The Telltale Series, given that players bounced between playing different characters going through their ups and downs as the powers that be battled for control over the iron throne.
One thing we do know for sure is that the game will feature awesome music (whether or not they'll include the kind of licensed music featured in the movie is a whole other topic) and the traditional Telltale-style of offering gamers multiple choices in how they shape the story and the outcome for various characters.
Some of Telltale's games get heavily criticized for the lack of choice they give gamers in some titles, but the choices make huge differences in Batman: The Telltale Series, so I'm curious if they're going to go that route with Guardians of the Galaxy or if the choices will be more superficial like in The Walking Dead? We'll have to find out when the five-episode series goes live for home consoles, PC and mobile devices this year.