Today, developer Arkane Studios and publisher Bethesda teased the soundtrack — which notably features work by award-winning DOOM composer Mick Gordon — for their upcoming game Prey.
As you may know, the eerie, quiet halls of Prey’s Talos I are vastly different than the gore and demon rampant Hell found in DOOM. Thus, according to Bethesda, when Mick Gordon was given the task of creating a score for Prey, the Australia-based musician went in a widely different direction, and built a “diverse soundtrack” that combines ambient arpeggiated guitars and heart thumping synth beats. The result is a soundtrack that is said to lend itself perfectly to the tense and menacing journey you will find yourself on in the game.
As mentioned above, Bethesda and Arkane teased the soundtrack today, and that tease comes in the form of the release of a song off the soundtrack called “Everything Is Going to be OK,” which you can find in video format at the bottom of the article, or via Spotify.
Creative Director Raphael Colantonio added the following blurb about the intro credit music:
“I wanted something that sounded like ‘I’m the coolest person on Earth right now. Look at me, I’m a badass. The inspiration was ’80s Italian disco, like a lot of French DJs have been doing for some time now: Daft Punk, Kavinsky, Justice, etc. I also wanted the music to contrast with the rest of the music in the game. It’s this big blue sky, a beautiful view of the city in a luxury helicopter, a position of power… versus being trapped in space, aloneg, vulnerable and just trying to survive.”
Colantonio then adds the following about why Arkane chose Gordon for the game’s soundtrack:
“I really enjoyed his work in Wolfenstein: The New Order, and specifically the sophisticated guitar arpeggios that stood out as something unique and emotionally powerful. So we talked with Mick about the mood of the game, the fact that it’s in space, and my desire to see some of those arpeggios. Mick came back to me two weeks later with a short test that I really loved. It featured arpeggios that sounded a bit like some of those Sergio Leone Western movies – albeit a more melancholic version – mixed with some ’80s style synths. The mix was so unique and so adapted to the mood we wanted to convey that it immediately felt like the right direction. I jokingly called the style ‘Western in space,’ and then we used that term as a filter for all of the future music Mick did for Prey.”
Prey is slated to launch May 5, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.