As the presence of superheroes continues to grow on the big screen, it is also expanding in the world of video games with series like Spider Man and the Batman: Arkham enjoy. Marvel’s cosmic group of misfits are among the newest to find their way to PC and home consoles with the 2021s guardians of the galaxy from Square Enix and Eidos Montreal. However, after apparently falling short of initial sales expectations, Eidos Montreal says the game’s player base is growing and it’s now available on Xbox Game Pass.
guardians of the galaxy follows the titular ragtag crew of bounty hunters struggling to find work in the aftermath of a massive intergalactic war involving the Kree and Nova Corps. The team’s latest work finds them shackled in a new conflict involving the Universal Church of Truth and its leader, Grand Unifier Raker, as it strives to expand its influence across the stars. It ultimately falls to Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot to learn what Raker’s plans are for the galaxy and ultimately stop the power-crazed Unifier.
The recent viewership growth came through interviews Eurogamer conducted with members of Eidos Montreal ahead of the 2022 BAFTA Video Game Awards, where Guardians was nominated for three awards, including Best Narrative. Senior Creative Director Jean-Francois Dugas acknowledged previous statements from Square Enix’s Yosuke Matsuda, who said the game’s sales underperformed, but said he and the rest of the team were proud of their work. about the game and that they had “no regrets” about it. . He went on to say that he was happy to see the game’s recent growth thanks to positive feedback and the game’s availability on Xbox Game Pass.
“What I love right now is that people, especially with Game Pass, are playing it and sharing the experience,” said Mary DeMarle, senior director of storytelling at Eurogamer. “We make games to reach people, we make games to reach an audience. And it’s great that it finds its audience, and it’s great that it continues to move forward.”
The growth in gaming audiences thanks, in part, to Xbox Game Pass is a perfect example of the platform’s potential power to grow a game’s audience, even long after its initial release. As of January 2022, Game Pass has over 25 million subscribers enjoying a library of games including day one Xbox exclusives, triple-A releases like guardians of the galaxy, and lesser-known indie titles that might pique a gamer’s interest. It wouldn’t be surprising to see other third-party studios push for earlier access on Game Pass in the future, seeking the kind of growth exemplified by Guardians.
guardians of the galaxy is currently available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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