Upon hearing “The Mourning Tree,” the debut song from the upcoming game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, you hear the undertones of traditional English music, with a modern spin. The harmony haunts, and the chorus remains stuck in your mind.
And that’s only the beginning.
Watching the newly released trailer, the rapture is clear as day, and yet, everything is calm. Everything is serene, and quiet, with the exception of the beautiful score. Perhaps this is why Dan Pinchbeck, the Creative Director behind The Chinese Room studio, is predicting that the soundtrack will take the world up by storm.
As he describes on the Playstation Blog, Jessica Curry, their studio head composer, has been working with Air Studios to work with musicians and engineers, and has created “one of the best soundtracks ever created.” Whether this is true or not, we’ll have to wait and see, but so far, it sure sounds like it.
What is certain is that the rest of the game is gaining media exposure, because it looks like a promising game. The studio is still hard at work, but so far, it’s paying off. Pinchbeck describes their work, saying:
“Everyone’s time is split between chewing through bugs and carving out time for as much polish and finesse as we can. There’s always something that can be improved. Late tweaks to design, signposting, player flow, discovery — this is all still happening.”
All the grunt work feels so worth it seeing the trailer and hearing the debut song. “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture” promises to be different, and suck the players into the story. An apocalypse game without the destruction, just peaceful silence and music? Yes, please.
The Chinese Room will be announcing their launch date soon, so stay tuned for further details.