Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is an episodic graphic adventure video game series developed and published by Telltale Games. Based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series, the game’s first episode was released in April 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy plays similar to other Telltale adventure games, in which the player character talks to other characters, explore environments and interact with objects within it, and at times, complete action sequences made up of quick time events. Players make choices, such as dialog selection, that create determinants within the story affecting later actions within the episode and in future episodes. Within the series, the player primarily plays as Star-Lord, but may at times briefly take the role of another Guardian during action sequences.
Telltale and Marvel partnered to develop the game, quickly establishing that they wanted to make an original story that used the character’s canon but was not tied to the 2014 film. Telltale decides to go against an origins story, and instead focus on the connections between each of the five Guardians. Describe by Marvel’s Bil Rosemann, “A good Guardians story is about them as a family and showing how they’re all misfits, they’re all underdogs, they all feel like they don’t have a family anymore” and coming together to form their own family that they depend on. Telltale saw this as well as elements from the established character histories to find “potentially surprising” elements to include, according to Telltale producer Justin Lambros. To achieve this, they planned each episode to center around each Guardian and explore their past, though the player will primarily remain in the role of Star-Lord throughout the series. This approach was novel for Telltale, since the character interactions that the player opts for in earlier episodes can have a stronger impact on the later episodes, particularly in the relationship between the other Guardians. Telltale and Marvel’s goal was to make the story accessible to people who may not have read through the comic series but had seen the film, while still dropping in hints and Easter eggs referring the Guardians’ history in the comics to long-time fans.
Telltale’s Guardians was first revealed during the December 2016 Game Awards, though rumors of the game had been previously found in material released by SAG-AFTRA actors as part of the 2016 video game voice actor strike in November. The game’s first of five episodes was released on April 18, 2017; in additional to digital downloads, a retail version will be available for the first episode release with a online pass to acquire the other episodes once released; this is expected to be released on May 2, 2017 in North America and May 5, 2017 in Europe.
OS: Windows 7 64Bit Service Pack 1 or higher
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450+ with 1024MB+ VRAM (excluding GT)
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: Direct X 11 sound device