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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy co-op: Is there multiplayer?

Is there a co-op mode in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy? A game about legendary Guardians of the Galaxy seems like a natural fit for co-op and multiplayer modes. Here's what the devs have in mind.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy co-op: Is there multiplayer?

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is shaping up to be one of the biggest sleeper hits this autumn; at least that's what fans of the Marvel multiverse are hoping for.

The game's developer, Eidos-Montréal, has an excellent track record when it comes to superb games from the last decade, including Deus Ex prequel titles, Thief reboot, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

With all that in mind, there are reasonably high expectations from fans that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy will be a game worth playing, but many are still not sure about the game's genre.

Considering that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy comprises a team of interstellar heroes, many players would intuitively think that it is a co-op game, or that it, at the very least, has some multiplayer elements. This is given the sheer diversity of the legendary guardians and all the possibilities for different playstyles. But, is that indeed the case?

Is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy a co-op game?

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to play Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy together with your friends in a co-op campaign, we have some bad news for you.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy co-op: Is there multiplayer?
Despite having a team of interstellar heroes, you will only play as Star-Lord. (Picture: Square Enix)

The game is exclusively designed as a single-player experience and there won't be any multiplayer aspects included in the game. This has been confirmed by both Square Enix (the game's publisher) and Eidos-Montréal.

Gamers will play the game as Peter Quill, better known as Star-Lord, the current leader of Guardians of the Galaxy.

The game is a third-person action-adventure title, and Star-Lord will be the only character controlled by the player, while all other members of the team, which include Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer, are your in-game comrades-in-arms controlled by AI. You will only be able to issue them certain commands, but everything else will be performed by AI. 

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy co-op: Is there multiplayer?
All other Guardians are controlled by AI and you can only issue them certain commands. (Picture: Square Enix)

Aside from not having a co-op mode, the game will also not have any other type of multiplayer elements. This might be disappointing for some players, but many Marvel fans like story-driven single-player experiences, which Marvel's Spider-Man has proven, being an enormously successful PlayStation exclusive. This is a stark contrast to Marvel's Avengers, which was focused on online co-op and microtransactions, and ended up being a huge failure.

So, even if you were expecting a co-op game, if you like Guardians of the Galaxy, give this one a try and you may actually enjoy it.

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Featured image courtesy of Square Enix