Guardians of the Galaxy game latest news: release date, UK price, gameplay

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s first game with Telltale. Read the latest news on the Guardians of the Galaxy gameplay, price and UK launch date.

Here’s everything we know about Telltale’s episodic game of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s first game in partnership with Telltale Games, who’ve already made games based on The Walking Dead, Batman, and Game of Thrones. Here, we discuss the potential release dates for the five Guardians of the Galaxy episodes, along with what to expect in terms of gameplay and storyline.

You can also watch the official trailer (click here to skip straight to it[2]).

When is the Guardians of the Galaxy game release date?

The first episode of Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game, Tangled Up in Blue, came out on 18 April 2017. That’s timed just ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

2, the upcoming sequel to the first film, which hits UK cinemas[3] on Friday 28 April 2017. The remaining episodes will release over the following months, while the physical retail edition of the game (which includes the first episode and a digital season pass for the remainder) arrives on 5 May in the UK, and 2 May in the US.

As for release platforms, the game is out on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android and iOS – there’s no word yet of a Switch release.

Where can I buy the game?

If you want to buy the physical edition of the game in the UK, you can order it from Amazon[4] or Game[5] for ?24.99. That’ll give you immediate access to the first episode of the first season, and any others as and when they release. If you’re in the US, you can also order the physical release for £29.99 from Amazon[6] or GameStop[7].

PC players can order the whole season from Steam[8] or GOG[9] for ?18.99/£24.99, while PS4 players can grab either the season pass[10] or just the first episode[11] from the PSN store,[12] and Xbox owners can head to Microsoft’s store to get the whole season[13] or the first episode[14]. If you’d rather play on mobile, you can pick up the first episode for iOS[15]. While the game is due to arrive on Android too, the app isn’t available at the time of writing.

What can we expect?

Telltale’s first teaser video for the game (shown at the top of this article), didn’t reveal much except that fans can expect the same sort of tongue-in-cheek soundtrack choices that helped make the Marvel film so popular.

We also found out a little about the plot: “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.”

Telltale then released a full trailer on 30 March to give players a closer look at the game. Watch the full trailer below.
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Guardians is similar to Telltale’s other games, which have popularised episodic interactive storytelling. Going by previous Telltale titles like The Walking Dead[16] and Batman, you can expect some branching narrative options and hefty moral choices, with more of an emphasis on interacting with other characters than on big action-packed set pieces.

The game doesn’t sit within official Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity, but follows the film versions of the characters – though their actors won’t be reprising their roles for the game.

Instead, Telltale has hired a new voice cast: Scott Porter (Star-Lord), Emily O’Brien (Gamora), Nolan North (Rocket Raccoon), Brandon Paul Eells (Drax the Destroyer), and Adam Harrington (Groot). This is expected to be the first of several Marvel games that Telltale is working on, but neither company has revealed what other titles they might be working on. We’ll update this as we know more about the Guardians of the Galaxy game and any of the other projects.


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Broadband provider files for bankruptcy

The company responsible for managing the fiber-optic middle mile broadband network connecting 123 communities in Massachusetts has filed for bankruptcy. KCST USA Inc., formerly Axia NGNetworks USA, filed Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Worcester. In the filing, the company states that it has operated the networks “at a substantial loss from its inception.”

The company contends that the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which owns and oversaw the construction of the fiber-optic infrastructure, did not deliver on commitments made in the network operating agreement and related “ramp-up plan,” according to court documents. The collaborative, which oversees the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), said in a statement it would ensure that service would be uninterrupted to MassBroadband 123 customers during the bankruptcy proceedings.

The middle-mile broadband has approximately 1,200 miles of fiber-optic network in west and north central Massachusetts, covering more than one-third of the state geographically. KCST provides wholesale service to local retail internet service providers that offer broadband services to public safety entities, schools, libraries, medical facilities and town halls, according to MBI. In 2014 and 2015, KCST reported a net loss of more than $3 million each year.

For the seven months ending July 2016, the company reported a loss of nearly $2.4 million. The court filing states that KCST projects approximately $2.9 million in annual revenues, against approximately $5.7 million in annual operating expenses, leaving an operating deficit of approximately $2.8 million. Attorneys for KCST did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

KCST and the collaborative entered into a network operator agreement in March 2011, which made KCST responsible for “all aspects of management of the 123 Network, including sales and support services.” The collaborative maintained responsibility for the design and construction of the network. The two companies’ relationship has been fraught since 2014 when the collaborative filed a suit against KCST in July 2014 in Suffolk County Superior Court, for “anticipatory repudiation under the (agreement) and related relief …” according to filings. In a statement, the collaborative called the news of the bankruptcy filing “sudden” but said it was pleased that KCST intended to continue to operate the network while in bankruptcy.

Calling KCST’s financial problems “solely its responsibility,” the statement continued, “Axia/KCST’s obligation to continue operation of the Network has been guaranteed by the large Canadian network operator Axia NetMedia Corporation, which continues to be responsible for ensuring continued uninterrupted service.

“MBI intends to continue to hold both Axia parties accountable under their contracts, and to ensure that MassBroadband 123 will continue to provide quality broadband service to customers across Western and North Central Massachusetts.”

KCST has been able to receive “a postpetition loan” in the amount of $860,000 to fund operations for a 13-week period while it “explores whether a modification to make the network viable can be achieved,” the filing reads.

“Unless such a modification can be achieved, the Debtor will not be able to continue operating the network and will need to reject the network operator agreement.”

A hearing is scheduled for Friday in Springfield.

Colorado Taps Intel Exec to Lead State Broadband Office

Gov. John Hickenlooper names former Intel VP Tony Neal-Graves to lead the state’s broadband efforts.

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Tony Neal-Graves, the new executive director of the Colorado Broadband Office. Colorado Governor’s Office

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has tapped Tony Neal-Graves, a former vice president of Intel Corp., to lead the state’s broadband expansion and enhancement efforts, according to a release2 from the governor’s office. Neal-Graves, who started work Wednesday, March 15, serves as executive director in charge of Colorado’s broadband office, and his experience with Intel is expected to be an asset as he uses public-private partnerships to drive the state’s broadband strategy and expand high-speed access for its residents. Only 70 percent of Colorado’s rural residents currently have access to broadband, a number the state plans to raise to 85 percent by the end of 2018, and 100 percent by the end of 2020.

“We are working tirelessly to make sure every county throughout the state has the tools needed for economic development — especially in rural areas,” Hickenlooper said in the release. “Tony’s leadership will help move the needle so that all Coloradans have improved access to broadband services sooner rather than later.”

Neal-Graves’ experience in the telecommunications arena extends past Intel, where he worked for 15 years. Before Intel, Neal-Graves spent 20 years working with industry giants such as AT&T, Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. The broadband office that Neal-Graves is heading up will be housed in the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, where officials say it will work closely with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Department of Local Affairs and other agencies.

Colorado Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams has emphasized how critical broadband is to the state3, citing plans involving the Broadband Office that Neal-Graves is now spearheading.


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