No Man’s Sky is set for release in just a few days, and the soundtrack is now available to stream online.
The soundtrack was created by 65daysofstatic, an electronic post/math rock quartet from Sheffield, England. When asked, in an interview with The Independent, how they got involved, Joe Shrewsbury (a founding member) said:
Way back in 2013 we received a request to license the track ‘Debutante’ from our album We Were Exploding Anyway for a promotional trailer for No Man’s Sky. We were intrigued by the game, and asked to learn more, and the more we learnt the more we wanted to be involved. We made it abundantly clear that if they didn’t have someone lined up to do the soundtrack, we’d be interested. Fortunately for us, they were fans of our music already, and we met up with Sean not long after that, and were subsequently offered the project.
The only thing missing from the stream are six soundscapes drawn from the game’s procedural soundtrack that it creates as you play.
Initially, the plan was more to write just the soundtrack, but as collaboration grew, 65DOS became much more involved with writing the fluid procedural soundtrack that will accompany the vast expanse of the game.
The soundtrack is exactly what you may expect from the band, and exactly what you may expect from the game; so, I foresee the two working seamlessly. If you’re a musical person like me, that is incredibly important for a video game of this genre.
No Man’s Sky is set for release on August 9th for PS4 and August 12th for PC, the soundtrack can be purchased on August 5th.