The music of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Eidos-Montreal released a new video today where the developers share more about the inspiration and talents behind Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. The video also showcases how 80s pop and rock masterpieces come together with gameplay in an innovative in-game mechanic, the Huddle.
Watch the insight video about the game’s music here
The soundtrack to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy brings together three different musical styles: epic orchestral music, an all-star mixtape of licensed 80s tracks, and an original rock album created especially for the game. In the video, Steve Szczepkowski, senior audio director at Eidos-Montréal, describes how he and his team fused these elements into a unique musical experience with a music-based gameplay mechanic.
Steve Szczepkowski: “Since music plays such an important role in the Guardians franchise, we also wanted to put music at the heart of the gameplay experience. The soundtrack is imbued with the game’s DNA and its influence extends beyond the usual. Whether it’s amplifying the combat experience or bringing Star-Lord’s favorite band to life, every element is carefully woven into the lore to enhance the story of this rock and roll gang.”
Steve reveals how Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s captivating orchestral music, written by BAFTA-nominated composer Richard Jacques, gives the game an epic, cinematic feel. Recorded at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios, this orchestral music includes nearly six hours of original music to accompany players on their heroic and often emotional journey across the galaxy. Great care has been taken to blend the orchestral music with the other music genres in the game for a seamless transition between blockbuster orchestral moments and licensed hits.
When selecting licensed music to bring Eidos-Montréal’s vision of the Guardians to life, “fun” was the most important factor, according to Steve. Taking players back to the 80s, an impressive selection of pop and rock hits from that decade are heard at carefully chosen moments. Players will be able to enjoy tracks from Iron Maiden, KISS, New Kids On The Block, Rick Astley, Hot Chocolate and many other music tracks yet to be revealed.
The unique Huddle feature adds an extra dimension to the licensed soundtrack by allowing players to use certain songs during battle. When the player presses the play button on Star-Lords cassette player during battle, a specially chosen 80s hit will sound to inspire and encourage the Guardians. Steve explains that some of these songs may not quite fit the setting, but add an extra fun element to the fights because of that.
Finally, Steve reveals how he came up with the idea of forming a brand new rock band for this original Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy world. After learning that Peter Quill has taken the name Star-Lord from his favorite band in the game’s story, Steve set out to create the band Star-Lord. An entire album has been recorded for the game, with original songs that perfectly match the dysfunctional rock ‘n’ roll spirit of the Guardians family.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on October 26, 2021 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. In addition, the game will be available digitally for PC and streaming via GeForce NOW. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Version for Nintendo Switch will also be released on October 26 in some regions.
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