New Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy footage has been released, courtesy of developer Eidos Montreal and publisher Square Enix. The new footage comes in a brand new cinematic starring Lady Hellbender, a fan-favorite character and villain.
Unfortunately, the cinematic isn’t accompanied by any gameplay footage. Still, it previews the type of cinematic quality you should expect from the game and teases the level of writing on deck.
New Marvel’s Guardians
“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” has released new game footage, and it shows a cinematic approach to the new characters, as well as its big baddie, Lady Hellbender. Lady Hellbender is not a “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” main comic antagonist. However, she was selected for the game, as she is an extraterrestrial capable of giving the Guardians a tough time.
Square Enix has had the pleasure to publish some of Marvel’s modern games adopted from the comic book to the digital platform. It borders on an action RPG, which is fitting for games like this, as it heavily follows a storyline or lore from comics, giving users the chance to be heroes.
“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” is a game that people did not ask for but comes when there is a lack of hero-centered games for consoles and PC.
Not much has been revealed about the game, only that it would center on the 2nd-generation or the modern Guardians of the Galaxy, including Peter Quill’s Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer.
However, an intriguing new character has been revealed, and it is Lady Hellbender, which recently had a spot on the game’s cinematic footage, courtesy of Eidos-Montreal.
Lady Hellbender shows a horrifying appearance, and her sinister plot against the Guardians would most likely bring a twist to the group’s relationship. Plus, it is exciting to see the popular villain bring mayhem to these heroes, alongside her collection of beasts and creatures known to be bred for arena or gladiator battles.
“[The cinematic picks] up the story with Star-Lord and the Guardians as they commence their plan to negotiate with Lady Hellbender: leader of the Hellraisers, queen of Seknarf Nine, and notorious monster collector,” reads a description of the cinematic. “With the decision left to the player on which ‘rare monster’ to sell, AKA Groot or Rocket, this memorable moment ignites a chain of events that sees our band of misfits off on their wild ride across the cosmos, caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe.”
Eidos Montreal cinematics and animation director Darryl Purdy added to the trailer with a bit more insight. In the process, I also confirmed there would be nearly six hours of cinematics in the game.
“Lady Hellbender is a fan-favorite character from Marvel’s recent comic lore, and we were keen to ensure her place in our Guardians universe reflects the complex personality, depth, and nature fans expect to see,” said Purdy. “And with humor instilled in every aspect of our game, this allowed us to flip expectations with the story and introduce an unexpected dynamic between her and a certain Destroyer.”
The bottom Line
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is slated to release on October 26 via the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store). It’s also coming to the Nintendo Switch, but this version will be cloud-only.
Since its reveal back at E3, we haven’t seen much of the game, but expect that to change quickly. If the game is releasing this October — which is to say, if it’s not going to be delayed — its marketing campaign should kick in soon. The last time Square Enix released a Marvel game — Marvel’s Avengers — it went hard in the paint with marketing and promotional material.