Does Guardians of the Galaxy Have Co-Op Multiplayer?

Can you play with friends?

by Weilong Mao

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Wanting the help of other players to save the universe with you? Co-op multiplayer wasn’t a functionality at the forefront of the creative minds that made Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the recent release of the titular superhero game by Square Enix, people wondered as to whether or not it would feature any aspects of multiplayer or the possibility of having other players around to embark on a galactic saving adventure with you. Such certainly doesn’t seem the case should the player boot up the game, and look upon the main menu for the first time.

Is There Co-Op Multiplayer in Guardians of the Galaxy?

There is no multiplayer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians of the Galaxy is a game that is centered around the structure of being a third-person single-player videogame. That is not to say that games developed with that philosophy in mind are games that won’t have any multiplayer or online components, but it is certainly a more likely occurrence. There are games of said format with difficult-to-access co-op features, some prominent examples being the likes of From Software games, where access to co-op and multiplayer is only granted after having obtained specific items during the midst of game progression. But Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t one of them.

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Looking through the official webpage and promotional materials of Guardians of the Galaxy, it can be noted on its consistency as to the lack of mention of having such components in the game. It has always been marketed as a single-player experience. The numerous playthroughs of the game that can be found on YouTube, and the reviews written by outlets have all indicated such to be factual in its entirety.

That is not to say that the game is lacking online features entirely, though what it has is rather minuscule. The sole online component lies with earning membership points and redeeming rewards for the game, the player needs to create or link their Square Enix account to the game to pick up the content they’ve bought with their pre-orders or digital deluxe edition. But this is more so a one-and-done kind of deal.

The possibility of co-op or multiplayer aspects being added to the game is not something that has been ruled out by the developers. But as it stands currently, no such function comes with the initial package of the game on offer.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and GeForce Now.

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