Manipulating sound is one of the most effective ways to manage tension in movies and games. A new trailer from the team at The Creative Assembly shows how they're incorporating music, foley effects, and more as they develop Alien: Isolation.
The clip below shows some of the recording sessions for the game's score. The team's commitment to remaining as authentic as possible to the source material, 1979's film Alien, is clear; they rounded up a symphony that includes musicians who worked on Jerry Goldsmith's original score. The studio also had access to the film's original audio files, so they're able to ensure that their own newly recorded sounds are in line with those.
Players will have to rely on the game's audio cues to stay alive, as creative lead Al Hope points out. The game's dynamic soundtrack has to maintain a tricky balance of adding tension to scenes where players are being stalked by the game's xenomorph A.I., without overwhelming the action. From what we've played, they're certainly on the right track.
Look for the game on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7.