While we first heard about it back in 2012, Paul McCartney has been working on the soundtrack to Destiny on and off for the past four years. As the project finally nears completion, the former Beatle has confirmed the game’s theme song will be released as a single.
McCartney has been working with long-time Bungie house composer Marty O’Donnell (who left the company earlier this year) on the game, after O’Donnell suggested McCartney might be up for the challenge.
Disappointingly, the New York Times reports that McCartney “is not believed to be a video game enthusiast, or even a casual player”, but his work on the game has been breathtaking. We’ve heard just over an hour of it as part of the Destiny beta, and the music forms such an integral part of the game it’s impossible to imagine the world without it.
The orchestral theme song was recorded with a 120-piece ensemble at the famous Abbey Road studios, with the orchestra directed by none other than Giles Martin – son of Beatles producer George, and an important member of the team that previously brought the Fab Four to consoles with The Beatles: Rock Band.
This time around, the song – reportedly “about hope” – has been produced by Mark Stent, who has worked with Madonna, Lady Gaga, U2 and Bjork. There’s no announced release date for the single, but Destiny will, of course, hit shelves September 9th.