Eidos Montreal is reportedly working on a Guardians of the Galaxy video game, in addition to the previously announced project currently in development at Telltale.
In 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to a movie directed by James Gunn. The film made the ragtag bunch of interstellar adventurers some of the most popular superheroes around — and it seems that over the next couple of years, they’re set to star in two major video game projects.
We’ve known for some time that Telltale Games is working on a Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation in the studio’s well-established visual adventure format. However, a new report suggests that the recently announced collaboration between Square Enix and Marvel may also produce a game starring Star Lord and company.
It seems that Square Enix is in the process of implementing a major shake-up of the studios working under its banner, following the disappointing performance of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. That franchise is going on hiatus, while Eidos Montreal — the team behind Mankind Divided — is being put on another project.
In fact, we already know from an earlier leak that Eidos Montreal is largely occupied with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Meanwhile, Rise of the Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics has been assigned to the mysterious Avengers project.
Here’s where it gets complicated: a small team working at Eidos Montreal will apparently support the work being done on the Avengers game at Crystal Dynamics, according to a report from Eurogamer. What’s more, the group is in the early stages of pre-production for a game based on Guardians of the Galaxy.
It was announced last week that Square Enix’s contract with Marvel is a multi-year, multi-project deal. As such, it makes complete sense that the company would stagger development of different games between different studios, to allow for a steady schedule of releases — much like the strategy Marvel Studios employs with respect to its cinematic output.
Beyond that, the Guardians seem like a perfect team to base a video game around. Their high-octane exploits are perfect fare an interactive adaptation, and there’s an expectation that their popularity will be propelled to new heights when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters in May.
There’s always a chance that plans could change, and Eidos Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy game will never make it beyond pre-production. However, assuming that both the upcoming movie sequel and Square Enix’s Avengers game are warmly received, we might be about to see a big-budget take on Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket.