After yesterday’s second gameplay trailer for the Demon’s Souls remake, Sony Interactive Entertainment and both developers Sony Japan Studio and Bluepoint Games have shared a new dev diary for the game, showcasing its music.
The new music in the Demon’s Souls remake has been fully reimagined and re-recorded by a 75-piece orchestra, a 40-person choir, and several vocal and instrumental soloist players.
Here’s a bit of background on the music, via Sony Worldwide Studios External Development creative director Gavin Moore, over on the PS Blog:
Only when you face your greatest challenges, the horrific and terrifying bosses, does music burst onto the scene, creating the backdrop to an epic encounter. The music defines these unforgettable moments.
It’s not only the music that defines this world, but also the incredible characters that inhabit it. Some good, some bad, but all with a tale to tell. We were lucky enough to get many of our original voice cast back to take on their iconic roles, with all dialogue being rerecorded. It will be great to see players of the original game falling in love with their favorite characters and voices all over again.
Countless hours were spent adding thousands upon thousands of new sounds to the game, really bringing this world to life. These are the sounds of Boletaria that will disturb your dreams. Will you go mad from the incessant beating of the heart and the haunting singing in the Tower of Latria? And how many of you will find courage in the face of the skin-crawling skitterings of the Armored Spider deep in the belly of Stonefang?
Perhaps that courage will come from the music. We lavished as much attention to this as the game’s soundscape. We reimagined the original score by Shunsuke Kida, creating dramatic new arrangements of his wonderful themes. Everything was rerecorded at Air Studios in London, with a world-class orchestra and choir. You can even hear the famous pipe organ at Temple Church that adds a haunting backdrop to many of the tracks. 120 of the finest musicians in the world perform on this score. And we’re incredibly proud of it.
Sony will release the soundtrack to the Demon’s Souls remake on various digital platforms on November 26th, with a CD release by Milan Records sometime after, and finally a vinyl release. Pre-orders for the vinyl release are set for early December.
Here’s a full look at the vinyl cover:
Here’s a new video on the music:
Demon’s Souls is launching for PlayStation 5 on November 12th in North America and Japan, and on November 19th in Europe.