Codemasters has released a behind-the-scenes video that provides a unique insight into the orchestral recording of Michael Giacchino’s evocative score for Turning Point™: Fall of Liberty , the upcoming alternate-reality WWII FPS, currently in development at Spark Unlimited.
Visit www.codemasters.co.uk/turningpoint to check out the new soundtrack recording video (in Downloads) and watch how Michael Giacchino and the team scored the music that fuels this new take on WWII.
In the video Giacchino, whose credits include the television series Lost, game soundtracks for the Medal of Honor™ and Call of Duty™ franchises, and feature films such as Mission Impossible III, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, describes his inspiration and ambitions for the game’s musical themes.
“In scoring the soundtrack, it was all about finding the emotional centre of the game, which is the story,” explains Michael Giacchino.
“To present an America that we recognise but in an altered reality setting, we changed the make up of the orchestra and removed trumpets from the brass section. In a traditional WWII game or movie, trumpets are used to give an American flavour. However, to mirror Turning Point’s major theme, we have stripped that layer of Americana away.”
Delivering a dynamic soundtrack that intensifies major gameplay events, such as the invasion of New York by the Nazi forces, Giacchino’s score was performed by the 76-piece Hollywood Studio Orchestra and recorded at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.
“Michael has created a series of truly evocative pieces that challenges WWII-themed soundtrack preconceptions; this fits to our alternate-reality subject matter perfectly" said Scott Langteau, Chief Operating Officer of Spark Unlimited.
“It’s a fantastic primal score, full of chaos and energy and Michael’s use of staccato sounds delivers an incredible level of intensity throughout.”
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty is coming early in 2008 for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows®. The soundtrack recording video, featuring the latest gameplay clips, is now available to view or download from www.codemasters.co.uk/turningpoint (in‘Downloads’).
ABOUT TURNING POINT™: FALL OF LIBERTY
Turning Point™: Fall of Liberty sees World War II take a catastrophic turn as a superior Nazi force attacks New York and goes on to take over the United States. As a civilian caught in the middle of these new battlegrounds, fight afresh against the world’s most notorious war machine on the streets of Manhattan, Washington DC, and beyond. Use guerrilla tactics and the surroundings to overcome superior postwar Axis weaponry and fight the Occupation.
Delivering both wartime authenticity and a fresh perspective through an intense, action-driven storyline, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty makes war personal and relevant. Presenting this scenario as a powerful and realistically crafted alternate history, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty delivers an explosive FPS experience in a world where famous real-world locations appear startlingly different under Nazi occupation.
ABOUT SPARK UNLIMITED
Spark Unlimited™ is a developer of high-quality video games for consumer game systems and originators of new franchises for cross-media development. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Sherman Oaks, California, Spark Unlimited is an employee-owned company that uses artistry through technology to create entertainment for a global audience. Video games developed by Spark Unlimited include the award-winning CALL OF DUTY: FINEST HOUR, LEGENDARY: THE BOX and TURNING POINT: FALL OF LIBERTY. For more information about Spark Unlimited, please visit our website at www.sparkunlimited.com
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience across multiple gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company’s dominant brands include Colin McRae DiRT, Overlord, Clive Barker’s Jericho, Race Driver, Brian Lara Cricket and Operation Flashpoint. Codemasters is headquartered in Warwickshire UK, with North American operations based in Burbank, Calif. The company also maintains operations in Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. Codemasters receives over two million visitors to its web site every month, discover why at www.codemasters.com
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