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Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game debuts this spring

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Series is unrelated to Marvel’s films

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, the latest episodic adventure game from Telltale Games, will premiere this spring with an original story, the studio announced today.

It does not appear that the five-episode adventure game will relate to Marvel Studios’ Guardians films in any way; instead, Telltale is likely drawing on the Guardians of the Galaxy comics. Therefore, the actors who play those characters on the silver screen will not reprise their roles in Telltale’s game. The company announced a voice cast today of veteran screen and video game actors:

  • Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series) as Star-Lord
  • Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor) as Gamora
  • Nolan North (the Uncharted series, Pretty Little Liars) as Rocket
  • Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) as Drax
  • Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us, League of Legends) as Groot

Telltale described the game in a news release as telling “a brand new story of the universe’s unlikeliest heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot.” Here’s a brief synopsis from the studio:

In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.

You can check out four screenshots from the premiere below. Guardians of the Galaxy’s art style diverges from much of Telltale’s previous work, which was often stylized to look like a comic book or a painting come to life. Here, the characters are rendered as 3D models and look relatively realistic, without the cel shading or thick black outlines that Telltale fans may be accustomed to.

Telltale will offer more details on its Guardians game during a panel at PAX East in Boston this weekend. The panel is set for 6 p.m. ET on March 10 in the Albatross Theater, and will feature members of the Telltale team as well as Bill Rosemann, the creative director at Marvel Games.

The studio is also heading to South by Southwest next week, and is bringing the first episode of Guardians of the Galaxy for one of its “crowd play” events. This one will take place on March 17 at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. CT. The event will be open to anyone with a SXSW or SXSW Gaming badge.

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, which Telltale revealed during The Game Awards 2016, will be available on consoles, computers and mobile devices; Telltale has yet to announce specific platforms. In addition to a digital version, Telltale will offer a Season Pass Disc at retail, which will come with the first episode and access to downloads of subsequent chapters as they are released. For more information, check out the reveal teaser from The Game Awards below.