As with the MCU movies, classic music from the 1980s will be an important part of Square Enix and Eidos Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy game. But rather than just having a licensed soundtrack that plays in the background, the game uses music as part of a ultimate ability-style gameplay mechanic called ‘Huddle’.
Talking to IGN, Eidos Montreal’s Senior Narrative Director, Mary DeMarle, said “We have 30 amazing ‘80s classic songs, everything from Iron Maiden to Rick Astley, to Kiss to Wham. It’s more than just something that’s in the game to support the action, combat, and cinematics. We have this whole gameplay aspect called the Huddle.”
Explaining exactly how Huddle works, Senior Game Director Jean-François Dugas explained that doing well in battle builds a gauge, in a system that sounds much like Destiny’s Supers and Overwatch’s Ultimates. When the gauge is filled, activating Huddle brings all the Guardians together for an American football-style huddle. Here, your Guardian teammates will start to feedback on how they think the battle is going.
“And now you will have a pep-talk choice to choose from, in which Star Lord is going to draw from the songs he knows to build his own speech,” revealed Dugas. “And if you’re able to match the right speech with the right feedback from the Guardians, you boost the entire team. All the cooldowns are gone, they’re all on fire, all the hit points are coming back, everybody is super efficient on the battlefield.”
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“If you choose the wrong speech, Star Lord is still boosted because he thinks he’s awesome,” he added. “Like, ‘I think my speech was fantastic and I’m boosted anyway’. But the Guardians are going back to the battlefield going ‘WTF? What was that?’”
Essentially, get the pep-talk mini-game right, and everyone gets a boost. Get it wrong, and only you as the player gets the buff.
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Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.