Telltale Games has released the casting details and first batch of media screenshots for their latest adventure game series. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film was one of the break out hits from 2014 with the sweet spot combination of action, humour, Chris Pratt and that 80’s heavy nostalgia soundtrack. A video game adaption of Guardians seems like an interesting choice but should be a welcome step forward for the franchise. Taking control of Mr Rocket Boots himself – Star-Lord, players will be making the big decisions and watching the repercussions of their actions in a Telltale written original adventure. The press release details that story will take place on Earth, the Milano (they visit Italy?) and then off to “Knowhere and beyond”.
The game’s main voice cast has been announced as:
- Star-Lord – Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead – Telltale Series)
- Gamora – Emily O’Brien (The Young and The Restless, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor)
- Drax – Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs)
- Groot – Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends)
- Rocket – Nolan North (everything ever)
— Scott Porter (@ScottPorter) March 9, 2017
Telltale will also be holding a Crowd Play event in SXSW in Austin TX on the 17th of March. People in the audience will get to use their mobile devices and the chance to play an early version of the first episode in the Paramount Theatre. I’m not quite sure how an event like this is supposed to work in a large theatre though. I imagine this might be some sort of system where the character will follow what most people vote for. But if anyone is planning on attending let us know how it goes!
Other adventure games by Telltale such as The Walking Dead series often tug at the heart strings on a suspense driven and emotional roller coaster. Which was a little surprising for me when they changed gears for the Tales from the Borderlands series. For me this game was a great balance of humour, action and character development that is so rare to see in games these days. It’s understandable that more games don’t try to feature comedy since it’s so easy to mess up with such a large potential audience and differences in people’s sense of humour. So it’s nice when games like these come along and have a go at something different.
UPDATE: Scott Porter himself has responded to our question on Twitter!
— Scott Porter (@ScottPorter) March 15, 2017
Hopefully Telltale’s take on the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will follow a similar path as the movies in choosing a bit of mischief in their story telling. As Stan Lee once said himself “Humour with wild adventure is the best combination!”
The first episode is scheduled for a release window of autumn this year (so between September to November) on PC, consoles and mobile devices.