How Silent Hill’s Akira Yamaoka Acquired On Xbox Sequence X-Unique The Medium

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Horror followers had fairly a bit to chew on throughout the Inside Xbox stream that confirmed off a slate of video games coming to Microsoft’s next-gen console–one of which is the Xbox Sequence X-console unique The Medium. Earlier than the reveal, we spoke with the builders at Bloober Staff (recognized for Layers of Worry, Observer, and Blair Witch) about their upcoming recreation, and we needed to ask: how did Akira Yamaoka get entangled?

Yamaoka is greatest recognized for his work because the composer and sound director for the Silent Hill franchise. He created an incredible mix of heavy industrial rock and downtempo alongside the horrifying and suspenseful sound design; and now he is lending his skills to Bloober Staff’s subsequent recreation. Lead designer for The Medium, Wojciech Piejko, instructed us the fast story of how the partnership got here to fruition, prefacing, “We’ve been raised on Silent Hill. So after we obtained involved with Akira Yamaoka, I used to be tremendous excited and tremendous nervous.”

“We met after the Tokyo Sport Present. Akira-san got here to satisfy [with us] and he was with none agent, so I used to be considering, ‘Okay. This might be an amazing night.’ And we confirmed our recreation to Akira-san,” Piejko instructed us. He continued, “Again then we had been creating The Medium and Blair Witch. And we stated to him that we had been engaged on the 2 tasks and we’d actually love to indicate The Medium to him. And naturally, we requested if he needed to create the music and rating for our recreation.”

“He simply put the headphones on and watched our gameplay there. And I used to be sitting there, ready and nervous. I used to be like, ‘I hope he’ll prefer it, I hope he’ll prefer it!'” Piejko recalled. Following the suspense got here an amazing sense of aid as he continued, “Then Akira-san put the headphones down and stated one thing like, ‘You guys talked about that you simply’re making two video games. I wish to make each of them.’ I used to be like, ‘Sure, sure, sure!'”

Akira Yamaoka returns to the horror style with The Medium (credit score: Xbox from the Could 7, 2020 Inside Xbox stream).

The partnership got here to fruition particularly for The Medium, and with the official reveal throughout the Inside Xbox stream, you truly obtained to listen to among the new tunes Yamaoka made for the sport. Yamaoka additionally appeared in some behind the scenes footage, publicly confirming the partnership.

Bloober Staff CMO Tomasz Gawlikowski additionally chimed in to specific his hype and stated, “For us additionally, it is an amazing story, but in addition as a result of Yamaoka-san is actually getting again to the horror style with our recreation. We’re enormous followers of Silent Hill, too, we even use these fastened digicam angles [in The Medium].” He additionally wasn’t afraid to let his fandom present, telling us, “It is actually come collectively. We’re tremendous excited to have him on board. Simply to have the ability to make a recreation that Akira is making music for, that is, for us, actually a dream come true.”

On the be aware of fastened digicam angles, The Medium is a little bit of a departure from Bloober Staff’s earlier works, which have used the first-person perspective. And in relation to new views, it is a theme that The Medium can also be centered round. You play as a medium who’s haunted by visions and investigates the dying of a kid by navigating two distinct worlds: the true world and the spirit world. That distinction may even be made clear within the recreation’s music. Piejko instructed us that the work is being break up; Bloober’s composer Arkadiusz Reikowski is taking over the music for the true world whereas Akira Yamaoka is main the composition for the spirit world.

Teaser image for The Medium.
Teaser picture for The Medium.

Plainly the collaboration is fairly tight as effectively, as Piejko instructed us that Yamaoka has visited the studio in Poland on three totally different events to play the sport with them. However whereas this skilled partnership is an enormous deal for all concerned, it hasn’t prevented Bloober from fanning out with Yamaoka. Piejko concluded the anecdote, saying, “He additionally allow us to flip into followers and ask him for autographs on a variety of video games, and vinyl information, and stuff like that.”

We’ve extra protection of this upcoming Xbox Sequence X-console unique horror recreation, and in case you missed it, we even have the primary reveal trailer above. Make sure to learn our full interview with Bloober Staff about how The Medium is taking full benefit of next-gen {hardware} (with a brand-new characteristic that they nonetheless cannot inform us about) and the way they created the premise for the sport.

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