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Tale of the Guardians

In what may not be a surprising but still very exciting bit of (leaked, and so far, unconfirmed) news Telltale games has announced that it will be developing a game focusing on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. For those who are somehow unfamiliar with the studio at this point, Telltale’s M.O. is taking intellectual properties that have had either no or less-than-stellar representation in the gaming medium and using those properties’ universes and characters to (god forgive me) tell a good tale. Here’s why this is particularly good news for the Guardians of the Galaxy: Until their hit movie was released in 2013, the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise was practically an unknown entity, even among some comic readers (the group’s original medium). They had a very similar problem that the Avengers had as a franchise before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) began firing on all cylinders with Iron Man’s film in 2008. Before the hype leading up to the Avenger’s movie, you couldn’t GIVE away Avengers merchandise. The MCU eventually fixed that, making the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk even more of household names. The MCU took those already well known established characters and somehow made them into an even greater sum of their parts. This is why people should be chomping at the bit for a Guardians of the Galaxy game.

telltale guardians of the galaxyWhile the first Guardian’s movie established characters like Star Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and the all beloved Groot, the idea of a Telltale game could potentially deliver an even bigger and better story featuring even more characters from the Guardian’s repertoire. Marvel’s cosmic landscape features dozens of characters that have never even gotten a whiff of the silver screen; characters like Uatu the Watcher, the Starjammers, and the Kree just for starters. Introducing these new characters and the locales they inhabit could open up an entirely new corner of the Marvel universe to those unacquainted with it; and that could be all that’s necessary for these characters and tons more like them to resonate with audiences the same way that Star Lord and co. did just three years ago.

Telltale’s track record speaks for itself. The Walking Dead games are revered more than its television counterpart and almost as much as its original source material. Tales from the Borderlands is by far the best Borderlands game made so far, and though the release of their current Batman game series got off to a rough start, it has since picked up steam and has been receiving very good reviews. Their series based on another comic series, Fables, is one of the premiere examples of storytelling-via-gaming in this or any other generation of video games. Though Telltale’s writing is always top notch (always knowing when to go for a laugh or an emotional body blow, and proceeding to do so with gusto) their particular type of cel-shaded art blends their deft storytelling with an animation that appears both cartoonish yet grounded. This combo of artistic and literary ability could lend itself to the Guardians of the Galaxy even better than its previous licenses due to Guardian’s mainstream artistic style and its potential for over-the-top stories (which are, more often than not, mixed with their own blend of comedy, a trait that Telltale has shown particular skill with through the years). With all these things going their way, Telltale seems poised yet again to deliver a stellar story. The game’s episodes will be released weekly leading up to the movie’s release date, on May 5, 2017. I’m no mathemagician but it looks like we can be looking forward to Telltale’s next effort sometime in March.