Over the past two years, Paul McCartney has been hard at work on the score for a first-person shooter game in the vein of Halo. No, we’re not kidding.
Destiny— a new game from Bungie and Activision due Sept. 9 — will feature a full score and theme song from McCartney. In fact, the collaboration isn’t as unlikely as it seems. McCartney has been composing full-length scores and orchestral music since 1990 and similar games (like the Halo series) have earned plaudits for their symphonic approach.
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For McCartney, the project is a collaboration with ex-Bungie house composer Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori. He broke the news back July 2012 via Twitter: “I’m really excited to be working on writing music with @bungie, the studio that made Halo.”
According to The New York Times, 70 minutes of the Destiny score have been circulating the Internet via a beta version of the game. The Times described the score as “widely varied, with lush orchestral and choral sections and eerie, atmospheric passages, to fast paced, heavily percussive sections and high-adrenaline string, brass and electronic figures.”
The fully-orchestrated theme song will drop Sept. 9, the same day as the game. It was produced by Mark Stent (Madonna, U2) and recorded with a 120-piece ensemble at London’s Abbey Road Studios with director Giles Martin.
In the futuristic, dystopian game, Earth’s final survivors are forced to fight off invading aliens (on Earth and Mars) who seek to conquer mankind for good. Clearly, Sir Paul isn’t about to put up with any of that.