Eidos Montreal Created a Fictional Band Called “Star-Lord” For Guardians of the Galaxy’s Soundtrack

The studio wanted to take a different approach with Star-Lord's namesake.

Music is pretty integral to the character of Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel’s universe. One of his defining characteristics is his love of ’80s rock music passed on in the form of a mixtape he keeps with him in his intergalactic journeys. But the upcoming game starring the titular group from Eidos-Montreal is taking that a step further by creating an original band that will be part of his backstory.

In an interview with VG24/7, Senior Creative Director Jean-François Dugas explained that Star-Lord’s code name is the name of a fictional band that exists in Eidos-Montreal’s take on Marvel. But it’s not just a name, it’s a band the team created an album’s worth of music for that will be in the game when it launches on October 26.

Peter Quill is known as Star-Lord in the cosmic universe. But where does this come from? We came up with the idea that Star-Lord is Peter’s favourite heavy-rock band from the ‘80s. He even has the band’s patch stitched to the back of his jacket! But to make this fantasy even more real, we had to take an extra step. We needed to write a full album of music. I approached my audio director, Steve Szscepkowski, who is also a musician. I asked him if he was up to the challenge?! This is how we ended up writing a full album to give life to Star-Lord, the band.

A brief preview of the Star-Lord band can be heard in the trailer below, which has Szcepkowski on lead vocals at about the three-minute mark.

While Star-Lord’s music will be part of Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter will still be dipping into some known classics along the way. Including Kiss, Joan Jett, and Gary Numan. The game is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Switch through cloud streaming.