In episode four of Dying 2 Know More, Dying Light 2’s video series dedicated to showing off the upcoming game, composer Oliver Derivière discussed the inspiration behind the game’s main theme as well as the unique instrument the team made that is featured prominently on the soundtrack.
The instrument, hand-crafted from various pieces of junk, is called the Electric Psaltery, and, surprisingly, it sounds unique and beautiful. It is meant to feel like it could exist within the world of the game, and the bicycle wheel attached to the instrument even acts as an important audio queue in-game when players make important decisions.
To truly bring the ambitious Dying Light 2 Stay Human soundtrack to life, Olivier Derivière and Techland collaborated with one of the world’s best orchestras, the London Contemporary Orchestra. Together in Abbey Road Studios, Olivier and the Orchestra recorded the entire soundtrack, creating a musical experience players won’t forget.“It supports narrative by generating nostalgia in certain moments, encourages bravery in battles by adding to the adrenaline with the right tunes, and energizes the player, pushing them to try harder as they parkour through The City,” said Adrian “Pyza” Ciszewski, Creative Director of Dying Light 2 Stay Human. “This close collaboration between us has led to the sound developing in line with our artistic vision of what we’re going to see on the screen and blending in with it perfectly. It was an ambitious project, yes, but we had a lot of fun, and seeing the end result has definitely made it worth the effort.”
Dying Light 2 Stay Human launches February 4, 2022 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch through Cloud streaming.
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