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 ofÂ composerÂ 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 theseÂ composersÂ 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 musicalÂ accompanimentÂ 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 includingÂ Black Swan, The WrestlerÂ andÂ Requiem for a Dream.
- Christopher Lennertz, Emmy nominated Hollywood composer known for his work on the recent movieÂ Horrible Bosses, also composedÂ Mass Effect 2: Overlord, Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker,Â and won the Interactive Academy Award forÂ Medal of Honor.
- Cris Velasco, known for composing the God of War seriesâ€™ score, has also worked onÂ downloadable contentÂ Mass Effect 2: KasumiÂ andÂ Mass Effect 2: Arrival.
- Sam Hulick, veteran to theÂ Mass EffectÂ series having composed the score forÂ Mass Effect, Mass Effect: Bring Down the SkyÂ andÂ Mass Effect 2.
- Sascha Dikiciyan, video game industry veteran, known for composing the score forÂ TRON: EvolutionÂ and the scores ofÂ Mass Effect 2: KasumiÂ andÂ 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 mostÂ exhilaratingÂ 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.
â€œThe magic of BioWare games has always been the emotional power of the story, so music is extremely important to the experience.Â WithÂ Mass Effect 3, weâ€™re taking players on a more personal journey, even though the scope is bigger than ever â€“ an all-out galactic war!Â Each composer has played an intricate role in delivering the combination of epic scope and delicate emotion that will makeÂ Mass Effect 3Â the best game in the series.â€
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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