What do you do when you want a bit of PR for a game ahead of its release and don’t have much new to say? Hire someone already famous for something else to do something for it, and then put out a swish press release publicising it. On a completely unrelated note, The Coalition has hired Game of Thrones’ composer Ramin Djawadi to do the score for Gears of War 4.
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The game is due to roll out on PC and Xbox One in October, with Djawadi claiming he wants to remain faithful to old Gears’ soundtracks while putting his own spin on proceedings.
"I certainly wanted to stay in the direction fans know, but at the same time, I wanted to bring my own style to it," said Djawadi. "I wanted to stay in that world."
He continued, "Whenever I approach a new project, I want to make sure I'm setting up a new sound - even through we're still using a lot of orchestra and percussion. There are some really nice scenes that are probably unexpected for 'Gears,' where we're really pushing the emotional undertones with strings.”
This isn’t the first time Djawadi has brought his talents to the games industry, however. He’s previously worked on titles like System Shock and Thief. If you’re currently shrugging your shoulders at the mention of those two titles wondering what the hell they are, you’re likely exactly Gears of Wars’ audience.
I kid, I kid, but it's certainly a feather in Gears' cap that, after many years of absence, Djawadi has chosen The Coalition's latest - a starkly different prospect to the two aforementioned titles the presser chose to highligh - to stage his comeback in the games industry. This will be the first game Djawadi has worked on since Medal of Honor: Warfighter in 2012.
"I remember back in the day there was never enough space on the disc to include full orchestral sound," added Djawadi. "Nowadays, it's almost limitless. It's amazing to be able to include a great, full soundtrack."
Gears of War 4 will roll out on October 11.