‘Black Swan’ & ‘Medal of Honor’ Composers Working On ‘Mass Effect 3′

Dec 19, 2011 by  

EA Reveals Mass Effect 3 Composers

Mass Effect 3 is set to release early next year and as we already know, it’s going to be bigger than its predecessors. Just how big, you ask? So big that there are a total of five composers working on the game’s score.

Players can expect to hear the sounds of composer Clint Mansell – most recently known for Black Swan – in Mass Effect 3, but he will also be joined by many veteran Mass Effect composers, such as Christopher Lennertz, Cris Velasco, Sam Hulick (who also composed the exceptional soundtrack to Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad) and Sascha Dikiciyan.

EA did not specify whether all of these composers had a hand in the score for the game’s single player, or whether some worked on multiplayer only, but either way it seems we can expect a wonderful musical accompaniment when the game launches in March.

Take a look at some of the composers accomplishments:

  • Clint Mansell, Golden Globe nominatedHollywood composer recognized for scoring celebrated films including Black Swan, The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream.
  • Christopher Lennertz, Emmy nominated Hollywood composer known for his work on the recent movie Horrible Bosses, also composed Mass Effect 2: Overlord, Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker, and won the Interactive Academy Award for Medal of Honor.
  • Cris Velasco, known for composing the God of War series’ score, has also worked on downloadable content Mass Effect 2: Kasumi and Mass Effect 2: Arrival.
  • Sam Hulick, veteran to the Mass Effect series having composed the score for Mass Effect, Mass Effect: Bring Down the Sky and Mass Effect 2.
  • Sascha Dikiciyan, video game industry veteran, known for composing the score for TRON: Evolution and the scores of Mass Effect 2: Kasumi and Mass Effect 2: Arrival.

BioWare has expressed how important the musical score is to the game, and I couldn’t agree more. A good score can help deliver emotional impact during a scene, and this is certianly true of the Mass Effect franchise. Some of the most exhilarating moments were accompanied by equally intense music that just helped to make them that much more memorable. This should come in handy considering BioWare’s emphasis on story telling.

“The magic of BioWare games has always been the emotional power of the story, so music is extremely important to the experience. With Mass Effect 3, we’re taking players on a more personal journey, even though the scope is bigger than ever – an all-out galactic war!  Each composer has played an intricate role in delivering the combination of epic scope and delicate emotion that will make Mass Effect 3 the best game in the series.”

The Mass Effect games have always had wonderful musical arrangements, so seeing that many of the franchises’ previous composers are making a return for Mass Effect 3 is some pretty cool fan service, even if it might go unnoticed by many players.

Mass Effect 3 releases March 6, 2012, for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

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  1. If they can somehow beat the Mass Effect 2 Luanch Trailer theme, which, at the moment I think is impossible, will make this game have the best soundtrack ever. The ME2 Luanch theme set the mood for the entire game, and even the series as a whole. It not only set the mood, it also completely captured the games atmosphere and feel in a couple of inspiring moments.

    • But that was not even one of the composers. It was song from the trailer music company called Two steps from hell. odds are there going to use another song from two steps from hell.

  2. mansell is epic, the score he did for the end of smoking aces was pure epic, he def knows how to create climax through the use of a musical score. if anything his score will more then likely be the thing that people talk about, and will help them forget the backwards motion the franchise has been taking (one was terrible but they didn’t have to butcher it for the kids).

  3. I’m very excited for ME3. Mansell is my favorite composer of all time, and Mass Effect is my favorite game franchise.

  4. sorry for the intrusion..
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  5. @Bio: Yeah, ‘Two Steps from Hell’ are badass :D I didn’t know that the song in the ME2 Launch Trailer was from them.

    I first heard of Two Steps from Hell, a couple of days ago – from a YouTube Vid by tarja82: The song ‘Protectors of the Earth’ with a picture of the redesigned FemShep (that lousy redhead that should be a blonde. All those, like myself; who voted for Blonde FemShep was robbed) in Mass Effect 3.

    But the picture that tarja82 uses.Fits the Epic Score by Two Steps from Hell.Even the name of their band is appropriate, as well as the title of the song.Commander Shepard is doing all in his or her power to ‘protect the earth’ and Shep will undoubtedly have many “Yay, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.” moments in ME3.

    @Gregory: I’m a big fan of ME2′S Launch Trailer myself.The theme song to, totally compliments the accompaning audio and visuals.Especially when Shepard Commander gives his epic speech/sound bite:

    “We have to give everything. Even if that means our lives. We will stop at nothing. We will ‘fight for the lost’ !”

    Commander Shepard. You are a God among men, my friend ;)

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