Sega announced today that they will release the first-person horror shooter Alien: Isolation later this year. Developed by The Creative Assembly (Total War), the title will pay homage to Ridley Scott's Alien and aims to recreate the original's tense, horrifying feel in a space station setting. The game's sound designers obtained the license for the late Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack for the original film and expanded upon it to yield a 120 minute score. The soundtrack was recorded with National Philharmonic Orchestra, the original orchestra behind Alien. Some old-time members who were involved in the original Alien were even able to perform in Alienn: Isolation's recording session.
The Game Audio Network Guild has announced the nominees of the 11th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards. While the guild's own website hasn't posted an overview of the nominees yet, the full list of nominees can be found here. One of the most highly-regarded game sound awards, the G.A.N.G. Awards recognize music, sound design and voice acting as three distinct disciplines and cover the whole spectrum of game sound. Multiple nominees include Journey (7), Diablo III (5), The Unfinished Swan (5), World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (5), Halo 4 (5), The Darkness II (5), Uncharted: The Golden Abyss (4) and Dear Esther (4).
The much-anticipated score for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot has been made available for free streaming via AOL. The album contains 20 tracks and clocks in at a generous 74 minutes. Interest in the soundtrack has been high since the announcement that Jason Graves (Dead Space franchise, Resistance: Retribution) would be scoring the game. Tomb Raider's commercial soundtrack album will be released on March 5, and interested score fans can check out a behind the scenes interview on the creation of Tomb Raider's music on Jason Graves' website.
Shota Kageyama has announced on his Twitter account that he has established the independent music studio Spica Musica. The 31-year-old composer began his career at Yasunori Mitsuda's Procyon Studio, where he worked on Luminous Arc and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He subsequently became a sound creator at Game Freak, contributing numerous pieces of music to Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver, Pokemon Black & White, and Pokemon Black 2 & White 2. In his latest role, he served as the sound director and lead composer of the critically acclaimed Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. We wish Kageyama well on his independent ventures and will keep readers informed on his latest activities.
On December 26, Square Enix released the Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In addition to enhanced graphics, Final Fantasy X HD featured a largely remixed soundtrack. Original composers Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano arranged the majority of the music, including both their own work and Nobuo Uematsu's, while Tsutomu Narita, Ryo Yamazaki, and Hirosato Noda had guest roles. The majority of the new interpretations adhere closely to the originals, except with minor elaborations and adjusted palettes, but a few (e.g. "Besaid Island") are fully-fledged remixes featuring instrumental performances. Square Enix have released the game's soundtrack in Blu-Ray format, complete with bonus tracks and visual data. Final Fantasy X-2 HD featured the same soundtrack as the original, though Square Enix have re-released the soundtrack in a two CD package complete with bonus tracks from the English localisation and Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission.
We are sorry to inform you that Kenji Eno has passed away. According to the Asahi Shimbun, he died of heart failure at age 42. Click the link for a full obituary.