Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy November patch: PS5 is first in line

Game developer Eidos Montreal is ready to deploy its biggest update for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy since launch, announcing patches for the PS4/PS5 and Xbox consoles, as well as PCs. PlayStation players are first in line with the patch rolling out today, and at this point, it looks like PC gamers will be the next to get the update. Xbox players will have to wait a few days longer.

Patch release dates

According to the update announcement published on the official Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Twitter account, patch version 1.004 is rolling out to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles starting today, November 4.

PC gamers, meanwhile, will “tentatively” receive the update tomorrow, though it is possible the rollout will come later. Patch version 1.5 will hit Xbox One consoles next week, as will patch version 2.5 for the Xbox Series consoles. Specific release dates for the Xbox update weren’t provided, however.

Bug fixes

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy‘s November update brings a bunch of bug fixes for the new title, addressing some of the issues players have reported, as well as general adjustments for the game. For example, the patch brings “multiple improvements” for Star-Lord’s navigation, including for collisions and boundaries. “Occasional issues” with Guardian navigation have also been fixed with this update.

The full patch notes, as listed by the developer on Reddit:

– General: Multiple improvements with Star-Lord navigation across multiple maps, including improvement of world boundaries and collisions.
– General: Multiple fixes for occasional issues with Guardian navigation.
– General: Fixed an issue where the user might become stuck in Guardians ability menu after spamming interaction button.
– General: Fix for multiple rare issues where enemies may become stuck into walls and block combat completion.
– PS4: Fixes for some of the Audio corruption encountered by PS4 users.
– New Game Plus: Fix for an issue where cancelling your action during the NG+ creation flow may lead to creating a normal New Game instead.
– Photo Mode: All costumes will now appear correctly in photomode.
– Chapter 1: Fix for an issue where Gamora’s tutorial might be bypassed under certain conditions.
– Chapter 2: Fix for an issue where the user might become stuck after banter selection.
– Chapter 3: Fix for an issue where reloading the checkpoint after backtracking through a funnel on may cause the user’s progression to be blocked.
– Chapter 3: Fix for a rare issue where the user might instantly die at one of the QTEs with Gamora.
– Chapter 3: Fix for an issue where the user might become stuck in the workbench UI under certain conditions.
– Chapter 5: Fix for an issue where the Grenadier would occasionally not spawn.
– Chapter 6: Fix for an issue where Star-Lord might get stuck into a shop’s counter top.
– Chapter 7: Fix for an issue where a checkpoint after the Helmet room would not trigger.
– Chapter 7: Fix for an issue where Drax could be ordered to pull the crane before the Centurion fight begun.
– Chapter 7: Fix for the Crane puzzle in Hangar Bay.
– Chapter 10: Fixed an issue where the user might become stuck in the fog fight.
– Chapter 12: Fix for an issue where the user might become stuck in the Workbench UI under certain conditions.
– Chapter 13: Fix for an issue where the camera could become stuck on the Milano cockpit when landing.
– Chapter 13: Fix for an issue where Star-Lord may get stuck in a funnel.
– Various other fixes.

First big update

This is the first big update for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which was released on October 26. Players shouldn’t anticipate any big changes to the game’s features, but it will make any gameplay going forward smoother by scrubbing some of the bugs that have popped up over the past week.

Eidos Montreal acknowledges that some bugs remain, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy players can utilize some troubleshooting tips the developer has provided until additional bug fixes are rolled out. A list of known issues and any available workarounds are posted in a thread on the /r/PlayGOTG subreddit, though not all of them may work for impacted players.

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Everything We Know About Guardians of the Galaxy

Announced at E3 2021, Guardians of the Galaxy is the next installment in the MGU (Marvel Gaming Universe). Recent history has not been too kind to Marvel games as Marvel’s: Avengers never achieved the kind of player base developers had hoped. Now, Square Enix hopes to right the star-ship with Guardians of the Galaxy. With a full reveal trailer, gameplay trailer, and inside scoop available, Guardians looks like a Marvel game fans can get excited for. Here’s everything we know about Guardians of the Galaxy.

Release date

Guardians of the Galaxy releases October 26, 2021, for all platforms, with a Cloud version for the Nintendo Switch coming out on the same day. Developed by Eidos Montreal, a subsidiary of Square Enix, Guardians of the Galaxy is a single-player third-person shooter/RPG. The game was officially revealed at E3 2021 with a 10-minute gameplay trailer to back it up. Developers at Eidos Montreal had been pretty quiet about Guardians up until E3. That, or fans haven’t been looking in the right corner of the galaxy.


The Guardians of the Galaxy facing giant alien.

Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on October 26, 2021, for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. There will also be a Cloud version of the game for Nintendo Switch. As current-gen consoles are still tricky to find, you can rest assured that Guardians of the Galaxy will come with a free upgrade from PS4/Xbox One to PS5/Xbox Series X|S

You will not be able to buy a physical copy of Guardians of the Galaxy for the Nintendo Switch. It will only be available in digital form via the Switch shop. Switch players will not have access to the deluxe version of the game as it will only be available to them in standard form.


We currently have two trailers to work off — the official reveal trailer (above) and a 10-minute gameplay trailer linked here. Both give us a pretty decent look at what players can expect from Guardians of the Galaxy. For more, you can also watch a short inside look video. 

In Square Enix fashion, Guardians maintains an action/RPG aesthetic with multiple waves of enemies for Star-Lord and his team to defeat. Watching the trailers above may cause Marvel fans, disappointed by Marvel’s: Avengers, to worry. However, the two games have their distinct differences. We’ll highlight these in the next section.


Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy punching.

So how will Guardians of the Galaxy play, and what sets it apart from Marvel’s: Avengers? First, Guardians of the Galaxy is 100% single-player. Players will control Star-Lord and won’t be able to switch between characters. Instead, they’ll use a selection wheel to launch powerful attacks from their teammates.

For example, while players are using Star-Lord’s jet boots to fly around the battlefield, simultaneously shooting enemies with his elemental blasters, he can trigger Drax to lay the smackdown on whichever enemy the player is targeting. So how does this teammate wheel work, and what do we know about it?


Star-Lord will ALWAYS have the Guardians around him. These include Drax, Gammora, Groot, and Rocket. In the bottom right corner of their screen, players will see their four teammates. They’ll select a teammate and then select a particular move.

Star-Lord’s teammates are hotkeyed to Square, Triangle, Circle, and X on the PlayStation controller (as seen in the trailer being played on a PlayStation console). Once selected, the same buttons will hotkey to four different abilities for that hero. While selecting moves, the battle will enter into slow motion, allowing you to think about what to do next. The fight will play out in real time as your teammates will control themselves via A.I.

Once players use one of their teammate’s abilities, it will enter into a short cooldown. How long this cooldown lasts will probably be determined by the move selected for that hero. Eidos-Montréal has not revealed any sort of skill-tree mechanic yet, nor a means to swap out abilities for Star-Lord’s teammates. However, we can expect as much to be included in the final product. This is a Square Enix game, after all.

Finally, once Star-Lord and the other Guardians have racked up enough damage, he’ll be able to trigger his Huddle Up ability. You can think of this like the Guardians Special ability as Star-Lord leaps into the air, pulls out his iconic cassette player, and launches into a frenzy of attacks. Backed by some of the best rock ‘n’ roll the 1980s had to offer (Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” is heard in the gameplay trailer), Star-Lord can use his teammates’ abilities without waiting for a cooldown. Defeating the final enemy in an encounter while Huddle Up is active will end the battle in a cinematic fashion.


Outside of combat, the Guardians will traverse linear play areas as they move between battles. Otherwise, their time will be spent bickering on the Star Ship. Players will make decisions that, like Mass Effect, impact how the rest of the game plays out.

For example, Drax grabs Rocket by the vest and gets ready to fling him across a vast canyon. It’s up to Star-Lord to stop Drax from tossing their furry teammate or let him launch Rocket like a shot put. In the gameplay trailer, we see the player encourage Drax to toss Rocket. A notification then pops up saying, “Rocket is furious that you let Drax throw him.” Later on, Rocket refuses to help Star-Lord, a decision that may have played out differently had Star-Lord told Drax to drop him. These kinds of decisions, according to developers, will have “light-hearted to haunting repercussions.”

Some lingering questions exist that future announcements and trailers may answer. For starters, will players be able to swap out teammates, or are we committed to using Drax, Gammora, Groot, and Rocket? You can watch an inside-look video here in which developers go in-depth about gameplay and development. Based on the dialogue and cinematics during cut scenes, exploration, and combat, there probably won’t be other guardians, like Mantis, added to the team.

Games in the style of Guardians of the Galaxy run the risk of going stale. Repetitive encounters and missions plague such titles, and are why Marvel’s: Avengers fell short with fans. The gameplay looks exciting, and the soundtrack sounds incredible, but that doesn’t change the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy still has to keep players entertained for hours on end. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.


Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy with two guns.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a single-player game. There are no indications of multiplayer coming at launch nor in future content. Because players exclusively control Star-Lord, there is no way for other players to join a lobby to play as one of the other Guardians. From what developers are saying, it doesn’t sound like the ability to control another Guardian outside exists in the game code.


Gammora, Groot, Star Lord, Rocket and Drax.

Having a successful launch is one thing; keeping the game relevant for the months to follow is a whole different battle. Games from 2020 like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Call of Duty: Warzone are still cranking out new content for players to enjoy. Will Guardians of the Galaxy be on par with those titles? Developers at Eidos-Montréal are committed to putting out a full game at launch. There will be no DLC or microtransactions associated with Guardians of the Galaxy. According to Senior Narrative Director Mary DeMarle:

“We’re all gamers too, and it was important to us that everything be available when you start the game… it was important to us that it’s all in the game and you can find it from day one.”


Guardians of the Galaxy Pre-order chart.

You can pre-order Guardians of the Galaxy for all platforms other than Nintendo Switch. There are three versions available for pre-order, each coming with its unique bonuses. They are the Standard, Deluxe, and Cosmic Deluxe editions.

Each edition of the game will come with the full game and the Throwback Guardians Outfit Pack as a universal pre-order bonus. But let’s dive into what the other editions will come with.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Deluxe edition

The Deluxe edition of the game will feature:

  • The Hits: original video game soundtrack available for digital download
  • Sun-Lord outfit for Star-Lord
  • City-Lord outfit for Star-Lord
  • The Art of the Game: mini artbook available for digital download

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Deluxe edition

The Cosmic Deluxe edition will feature everything mentioned above and come with a SteelBook case featuring original artwork from comic book artist Marco Checchetto.

All in-game outfits mentioned above can be unlocked in-game. They are not reserved for those who pre-order the game. Ultimately, pre-ordering the game comes with the bonus artbook, which should pique the interest of die-hard Guardians of the Galaxy fans.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will have you shooting to 80s music

There have been countless Marvel games on platforms throughout the years, spurred by the success of the MCU films, but many of those touched on more mainstream characters like Iron Man and the Avengers. Now Square Enix and Eidos Montreal are teaming up to bring one of the most unlikely heroes from the big screen to the smaller screens of consoles and PCs. With Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, you will be putting on Star-Lord’s rocket books to saving the galaxy once more and do it to the beat of 80s hits.

Until they debuted in the films, the Guardians of the Galaxy was a relatively obscure superhero team known only to a few comic book fans. Since then they have truly become a thing that is apparently now worthy of a game of its own. And, unlike the original comics, this game will naturally take after the tone and themes of the popular Marvel movies.

Despite the title, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will have you in direct control of only Peter Quill, a.k.a. the self-named Star-Lord, leading the reluctant heroes to save the galaxy again, despite their notoriety. That said, you will also be able to call on the other Guardians’ abilities, at least during combat. Going beyond just the action, some of the decisions you do make will have repercussions down the line, especially when it comes to how your teammates see you and each other because of what you make them do.

It wouldn’t be Guardians of the Galaxy, however, without some banter and personal drama and the game seems to have plenty of that prepared. Hopefully, the banter and comic relief won’t be too strained for the sake of making banter and comic relief. And then there’s the music that has become iconic of the space supes, both 80s and original tracks.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and surprisingly, GeForce NOW streaming. Fans of the franchise and superhero games, in general, won’t have to wait long as the game debuts on October 26, 2021. In fact, pre-orders are available now for $59.99 for the Standard Edition and $69.99 for the Deluxe Edition.

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