Eidos-Montréal has released a new developer insight video that reveals the inspiration and talent behind Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, detailing how ‘80s pop and rock masterpieces are expertly melded with gameplay to create an innovative in-game mechanic, the Huddle.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy brings together three distinct musical styles in its soundtrack: an epic orchestral score, an all-star mixtape of licensed ‘80s tracks, and an original rock album created just for the game.
Behind-the-scenes commentary from Steve Szczepkowski, senior audio director at Eidos-Montréal, describes how he and his team fused these elements to create a unique musical experience and influence a gameplay mechanic.
“Music is intrinsic to the Guardians’ franchise, and we wanted to make it focal to the gameplay experience,” explains Szczepkowski.
“The soundtrack is infused in the DNA of the game, and our use of it goes far beyond usual expectations. Whether it’s powering up combat in the Huddle or bringing Star-Lord’s favourite band to life, every element was carefully woven into the lore to enhance the story of this rock and roll band of misfits.”