To quote Rocket Raccoon, “Welcome to the Guardians of the fucking Galaxy.” The latest Marvel game from Square Enix and Eidos Montreal puts players in the boots of the Star Lord as the team takes on the Universal Church of Truth (UCT) to stop them from taking over the universe. That sounds like a typical Tuesday for the dysfunctional family of heroes. Though they’ll also have to contend with the Nova Corps and the formidable Lady Hellbender along the way. The story sends the team on an adventure through several classic Marvel locations, and the trailer shows off some of the planets and locations players will explore. Join us as we take you on a tour of the locations in the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.
The Universal Church of Truth
The first shot in the story trailer reveals the Universal Church of Truth’s giant-sized ship that is inhabited by the followers of the church, as well as its leaders: Grand Unifier Raker and the Matriarch. Raker is the one behind the sinister narrative in the footage, explaining that the Matriarch wants to show the Guardians “the truth.” The UCT ship is powered by faith generators, allowing the cult to literally run on the beliefs of its followers. We get a brief glimpse of this later when the UCT worshipers have currents of energy coming off of them. But let’s face it, a ship this big is crying out to be blown up, right? We’d put a lot of money into having the Guardians do a big fight with Raker, the Matriarch, and her hordes of followers through the ship. Just think how cool it will look when it explodes…
Kylos and the earth
When the Guardians speak with the Grand Unifier Raker and the Universal Church of Truth, they are apparently shown visions of what the cult can do for heroes. We see Drax and a girl, presumably his daughter, standing in front of a strange portal. It seems likely that this is Drax’s homeworld, Kylos. Since the death of Drax’s family is a key part of his origin story, it seems likely that the Church is showing him a world in which they didn’t die. Peter Quill has his own poignant vision, as a brief shot sees him hugging his mother, Meredith Quill, on a farm. Since Peter left Earth as a child after Meredith’s death, it will be interesting to see how this vision affects him.
The trailer also briefly shows Knowhere, a city built from the severed head of a Celestial. It’s home to several different alien races who created a unique scientific community there, but it’s also home to several bars and a black market, so it’s no surprise Guardians like going there.
But the best of Knowhere? His head of security is Cosmo, a Russian test dog who was launched into space during an experiment in the 1960s. Cosmic rays gave him telekinetic abilities, as well as enhanced intelligence and a reduced rate of aging. Also, the white spacesuit is adorable. Cosmo is a good boy.
From there we take a look at the Rock. No, Dwayne Johnson is not going to give Star-Lord the People’s Elbow, the Rock is the Nova Corps base of operations that is built inside a giant asteroid. The space cops keep law and order across the galaxy, or at least they try to, but the likes of the Guardians and the Universal Church of Truth don’t make it that easy.
The Rock also has a much fancier name, Spirit of Xandar, named after the Nova Corps homeworld of Xandar. It’s where the team meets the Xandarian Worldmind, who tells them that they have a “0.3%” chance of defeating the UCT…OMG. Worldmind is a supercomputer made up of all the minds of all the fallen members of the Nova Corps, as well as all Xandarians. Obviously, he’s incredibly smart and helps run the Corps itself. Though if Worldmind were a bit more positive about the Guardians’ chances, that would be nice.
The action really kicks into high gear when the Guardians arrive at Seknarf Nine. It has quite a unique landscape with colorfully strange fauna and rock formations. Oh, and it’s home to hordes of monsters and beasts from all over the universe. The trailer shows Star-Lord and the gang being attacked by various strange aliens, so players will definitely have a fight on their hands.
The planet is run by Lady Hellbender, and she has dedicated her life to giving dangerous creatures a home on Seknarf Nine. As a child, Hellbender was forced to watch her monstrous pet (named Beez) fight to the death in a cage fight, which is why she is so determined to save several different aliens and bring them to Seknarf Nine. It will be interesting to see what he does with Rocket and Groot.
Space, the final entry… on our list. After all, the entire story is set in space, so yes, it is a location… The trailer shows off some incredible space battles as the Milano hurtles through the cosmos, but hopefully, players will be able to admire the galaxy and battle it out. in her. Feel free to explore Milano itself before each mission, as each room reveals a little more about this version of the Marvel Universe and what the Guardians have been through so far. The Milano is also where players can upgrade the team’s perks and weapons, as well as unlock new moves for each of them.
We hope you enjoy this tour of the galaxy, as glimpsed through the trailer for the new Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy play. Explore more in all of these locations (including Space) when the game releases on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 26.