The importance of custom soundtracks

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My dog Skipper in his usual begging face

In the past, I used to have royalty free music in my games. Partly because I couldn’t afford to hire musicians, partly because I didn’t think that having original music was so important.

But one day, I saw this quote by Friedrich Nietzsche on a website:

Without music, life would be a mistake.

And I immediately jumped on my seat and realized how wrong I was!!! :D

Jokes apart, it wasn’t such an enlightening moment but pretty close. I used to have theme songs in some past games (Always Remember Me for example) but wasn’t until Heileen 3 that I decided to have a full custom soundtrack. And when I saw how much people appreciated that, and the possibility to download the music tracks (along with other bonus stuff) in the “bonus content” version of the games, I realized that indeed before I made a big mistake.

So what does this mean? it means that, always keeping an eye on budget, I’m going to have full soundtracks and in certain cases even theme songs for all my future games!

For example, you can hear a snipped of Undead Lily theme song below (is weird and scary but because of the game theme):

and Roommates will have a custom theme song + full soundtrack as well (can’t post a preview of that one though, sorry).

Seasons Of The Wolf

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One of the early scenes of the game. Althea, Shea and Vaelis meet Riley for the first time

Is this game going to have a custom soundtrack? Yes, and also a theme song! Speaking of the game, I’ve finally started coding the game story itself as you can see from the screenshot above. Is still the early battles and I’m tweaking a lot of things, but I’m making progresses fast.

Short news

I know many people are eagerly waiting for Nicole & Roommates. Nicole writing is finished, though I still have to get the last scenes from writer. Some art is also missing which should be done in a week or so. I really hope to have the game finished for Halloween!

As for Roommates, there are only a few backgrounds and some CG scenes left, but most of the work is done. Will take a while only because the game is very long so needs time to be coded, but it’s at good point too.

One last news, I’m also thinking to redo Loren soundtrack, because is one of my biggest games and sucks a bit to have royalty free music in it (even if the tracks I picked were particularly good). So on the next game update you might hear a very different music ;)

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9 Responses to The importance of custom soundtracks

  1. Svan says:

    Is it just me or can everyone else see the Lily theme song? I want to listen :<

  2. Silly Spider says:

    I’ve been listening to the Undead Lily theme snippet for hours because it’s just that beautiful! I love how it sounds like a music box. Now I want to hear the rest. I need to find some way to put it on auto repeat…

  3. Alex says:

    Being a composer myself, I’m sure if you ask composers just for a few songs, some would gladly write them free of charge. Then there’s always the issue of continuity of the sound between songs in the game, but if you have different composers for different genres of songs, for example, that could be avoided.

  4. RIALTA says:

    when following loren amazon princess out ?

    Tanks you

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  6. Faith says:

    Undead Lily’s theme song is beautiful.

    I loved Always Remember Me’s theme song! That song was so good and I could listen to it for hours.

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