Around this time last year, a musician named Cliff Martinez dropped a bombshell: He was working on a game called Far Cry 4, which publisher Ubisoft had never formally mentioned. With the game just a couple of weeks away, we know that the game’s real, and now we know for sure that Martinez is contributing the tunes.
Martinez, a one-time drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is now working mostly in film and television. He has worked in video games before – notably contributing tracks to the 2008 Spore soundtrack – but this is the first time a game’s been completely in his hands.
Ubisoft audio director Tony Gronick explains:
Bringing Cliff on board was a no-brainer. Collaborating with him was a dream. He has the remarkable ability to portray compelling emotions and elevate the mundane into extraordinary with his musical talent.
While Far Cry 4 isn’t due out until November 18 (for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC), you can actually get the soundtrack a little early. It’s getting a digital-only release on November 4th (that’s this week!), followed by a 2-CD release on December 2, and – for the true collectors – a 3-LP set, sometime in January 2015.