Back in January 2012, we were treated to a teaser trailer for the then far-off Aliens: Colonial Marines. The minute-long clip was just enough to fire our imaginations and get us all ready for a game that was still many, many months off. Now though, with the game just days away, we have the final version - the extended cut - of that original trailer, complete with a soundtrack straight outta sci-fi.
...the tune you're hearing there is from the soundtrack to Moon, penned by Clint Mansell (formerly of Pop Will Eat Itself, recently contributing to the soundtrack for Mass Effect 3). It's an interesting choice - while it's undeniably fitting for the trailer, evoking all sorts of imagery and emotion, Mansell doesn't actually feature in the final game.
Instead, Aliens: Colonial Marines features an original symphonic score from award-winning composer Kevin Riepl, known for his work on Gears of War, Resistance: Burning Skies and Unreal Tournament 2004.
Just as the developers have aimed to make the game as much an authentic part of the Aliens universe as the games, Riepl is continuing the legacy started by Jerry Goldsmith and continued by James Horner. Featuring all new themes and atmospheric undertones, Riepl's creation stays faithful to the iconic scores of films past. Expect "haunting, sweeping and bombastic" orchestras, and more than a little influence from Riepl's film experience.
Aliens: Colonial Marines hits shelves for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 from February 12th, with a Wii U version following some time later.
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