Mass Effect 3 composer team goes co-op

Mass Effect 3 is one of the most eagerly-anticipated games of 2012, and it just got even better with the big reveal of the team of musicians who are working on the game’s audio team.

Sure, we knew that Clint Mansell (from Pop Will Eat Itself, as well as films including Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream) was involved – his first video game offering – but that wasn’t enough for the folks at BioWare.

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Now, we’ve learned that Mansell is joined by four equally-awesome composers and musicians:

Christopher Lennertz, who contributed audio to the Mass Effect 2: Overlord and Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC packs, plus the recent film Horrible Bosses. He also snagged an Interactive Academy Award for his musical contributions to Medal of Honor.

God of War series composer Cris Velasco, who also contributed to ME2 DLC packs Kasumi and Arrival.

Industry veteran Sascha Dikiciyan, who composed scores for both Kasumi and Arrival, as well as the Hollywood score for TRON: Evolution.

…and finally, long-term fans of the series can relax, with the news that Sam Hulick is returning to the series. He composed the original scores for both Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 as well as Bring Down the Sky, and caused a major upset with the news he would not be working on the third game. Now though, we can dry those tears with the news that Hulick has returned – and the man himself has confirmed that his work will be featured as the main menu music in Mass Effect 3.

Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series, explains:

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.

Want to hear a little of what’s in store? We’ve got an MP3 sample for you – a little over a minute of new audio from Mr. Hulick – and, of course, there’s that stunning video from last week’s Video Game Awards. Turn it up!

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