Eidos Montreal has revealed more about the soundtrack for the upcoming Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy game. As with the Marvel movies, there will of course be a selection of 80s classics incorporated in the game, but the studio is also combining this with an orchestral score and an original rock album that’s been created just for the game.
In a new developer video, Steve Szczepkowski, Senior Audio Director at Eidos-Montréal explained how they’ve combined the three and derived gameplay from the music.
Szczepkowski says: “Music is intrinsic to the Guardians’ franchise, and we wanted to make it focal to the gameplay experience. The soundtrack is infused in the DNA of the game, and our use of it goes far beyond usual expectations. Whether it’s powering up combat in the Huddle or bringing Star-Lord’s favourite band to life, every element was carefully woven into the lore to enhance the story of this rock and roll band of misfits.”
The licensed music draws from a wide range of bands, including Iron Maiden, KISS, New Kids On The Block, Rick Astley and Hot Chocolate, and it’s these tracks that will tie in with the Huddle found in the game’s combat. Here you can hit play on Star-Lord’s Cassette Player to play one of the licensed track and inspire the Guardians while fighting.
Through other parts of the game, the mood will be set by an orchestral score composed by the BAFTA-nominated Richard Jacques. There’s six hours of music that was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios. That will go hand in hand with the original rock album given the name Star-Lord – a fictional band from which Peter Quill has drawn his pseudonym.
All this talk of soundtracks might be a touch amusing for those who watched the E3 2021 reveal of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Joining the official stream from Square Enix would let you hear all of the licensed music that they had paid for, but with copyright strikes now hanging over the heads of streamers, anyone tuning in for reactions or to watch along with others on Twitch and YouTube will have heard licensing free music. It was a bit odd, to say the least.
Regardless of the version people saw, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy left a pretty good impression among viewers. Developed by Eidos Montreal, Guardians of the Galaxy is a single player, story-driven title. You will play as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, leading your team through various missions. From what we’ve seen of the game in action, it appears to blend third person action with exploration and some light puzzle-solving. You can’t controls your fellow Guardians directly though you’ll be able to trigger their unique abilities in combat.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will launch on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. It will be available on October 26th 2021 and anyone who pre-orders will get a throwback costumes pack.
Source: press release