Monthly Update #5: Composer Message, Live Recording, January Pick-a-Magnus!
Hey guys! It's the first update of the year and we hope that everyone's doing great so far. We can't wait to share more about the progress with you guys! Since people have been asking about the progress of the music previously, here's a message from our beloved composer:
Hi Backers, Falk here from the music team!
We haven’t talked much about the music since the final days of the campaign, so we thought it would be a good time to share a little more on how we are approaching the music in the game.
As mentioned before, the team puts a strong emphasis on the importance of music for video games, and I can’t be happier to be working on this project to realize the game’s potential in this regard. We ourselves, as developers and gamers understand the power that music has, we also want the characters in the game universe to share our passion for music. That passion is going to manifest in in-game in many small yet important ways.
Aside from festivals inherent to the cultures of Ethia that include song and dance, many people living in Ethia are also aware of a trio of famous traveling musicians who go from town to town to entertain the townsfolk.
We previously hinted that entering buildings will cause the music to change dynamically. Today, we’d like to share more about that concept - when indoors, the music of the locale will change on-the-fly to a special piano trio arrangement of whatever music is playing, performed by this enigmatic musical ensemble.
We want to convey the intimate relationship that the residents of Vokka Island have with the music that exists within their universe, and we feel this is an awesome yet fresh way to show it - that when you enter the living or work place of the various inhabitants, the game changes the music to something that they relate to, perhaps a rendition that they may have heard at some point in their lives played by an ensemble that exists within the universe. Who knows, there may be side-quests and other content related to the trio waiting to be found by intrepid players!
While we are not ready to show an example of these piano arrangements just yet, let’s tangent to a completely different topic regarding the music of Re:Legend - the first official reveal of the music to be heard in the game’s first area, Vokka Coast.
(Disclaimer: Work in progress!)
There is still a ways to go, but SOUNDTREC has been busy working on the music side. Music can help tell a story by evoking certain emotions, and that is something we strongly want to leverage that for this first playable area of the game outside of the farm and village, to set the tone for the rest of the game.
Vokka Coast is a lush, peaceful area - sandy beaches, tropical vegetation, with its numerous little secrets waiting to be discovered, surrounded by the vast blue sea. Naturally, the music wants to represent this environment, suggesting lapping waves and the salty sea breeze.
Furthermore, we also wanted to capture the Hero’s feelings while traversing this area. Washed up on the island without any memories, a sense of longing that can’t be explained permeates the Hero’s heart, perhaps a little uncertainty at being thrust into a different land, yet striving to do the best they can to build a new life.
On the real-world end, as mentioned the track above is a WIP version. Many other parts of the ensemble will be recorded at a later date along with the rest of the soundtrack, but the current demo version already has live performances by Shota Nakama on guitar, as well as two very special guests:
We mentioned there’s a famous musician trio within the land of Ethia. In the real world, they’re represented by a very talented local trio of musicians who are actually recording the aforementioned piano trio arrangements together.
Today, we can reveal two of the three, and in a special video we’d like to introduce Arthur Kam on drums, and Daniel Foong on bass recording for Vokka’s Coast at Nomad Studios, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Want to know more about Arthur and Daniel? Who’s the mysterious third member of the piano trio? Will they show up in game? Stay tuned for more on the next music update!
That's the end of Falk's message and next up, we have the January Pick-a-Magnus mini-game that many of you have been looking forward to! The rules are similar to the previous entry as well.
1) We will be posting a set of Magnus concept labelled from A - J.
2) You will go through every single one of them and select your favorite concept.
3) Leave a comment about your pick and explain why.
4) The Magnus with the most votes will be added to Re:Legend in-game.
Note: you can only select ONE, so pick carefully.
The winner will be selected on next Monday so the monthly Pick-a-Magnus will last for a week. Have fun!
A lot has been going on behind the scene for the game but we don't really want to reveal them just yet, so you can discover them as you play it in the future. We don't want to spoil the game for you. ;)
That is all for this month's update and see you again next month! <3