Mick Gordon is no stranger to space (he’s already been to Mars with the award-winning DOOM soundtrack), but the eerie, quiet halls of Prey’s Talos I are a far cry from the gore-soaked Hell found in DOOM. So when given the task of crafting a score for a more psychological thriller, the Australia-based musician took it in a completely different direction, building a diverse soundtrack that combines ambient arpeggiated guitars and heart thumping synth beats. The result lends itself perfectly to the tense, menacing journey to uncovering the mysteries surrounding Talos I and facing off against the alien threat that has taken over the station. We’ve got a little teaser of an early song called “Everything Is Going to be OK” in the video below. You can check out the full version of the intro credit music on Spotify.
“I wanted something that sounded like ‘I’m the coolest person on Earth right now. Look at me, I’m a badass,’” says Creative Director Raphael Colantonio about the intro credit music. “The inspiration was ’80s Italian disco, like a lot of French DJs have been doing for some time now: Daft Punk, Kavinsky, Justice, etc. I also wanted the music to contrast with the rest of the music in the game. It’s this big blue sky, a beautiful view of the city in a luxury helicopter, a position of power… versus being trapped in space, aloneg, vulnerable and just trying to survive.”
Why did Arkane tap Gordon for the soundtrack? “I really enjoyed his work in Wolfenstein: The New Order, and specifically the sophisticated guitar arpeggios that stood out as something unique and emotionally powerful,” Colantonio says. “So we talked with Mick about the mood of the game, the fact that it’s in space, and my desire to see some of those arpeggios. Mick came back to me two weeks later with a short test that I really loved. It featured arpeggios that sounded a bit like some of those Sergio Leone Western movies – albeit a more melancholic version – mixed with some ’80s style synths. The mix was so unique and so adapted to the mood we wanted to convey that it immediately felt like the right direction. I jokingly called the style ‘Western in space,’ and then we used that term as a filter for all of the future music Mick did for Prey.”
Prey will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on May 5. Available exclusively when you preorder Prey, the Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack includes the Margrave shotgun (a Yu family heirloom), along with three Neuromods (used to acquire new abilities), two medkits, a unique upgrade, and several other goodies that’ll help you save the world from the Typhon aliens.
Preorder Prey through Amazon and, in addition to the Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack, you will also receive the Prey Original Game Soundtrack – Selections, composed by Mick Gordon. This includes five complete tracks from the game.