It’s hard not to find something familiar in WildStar’s fusion of the wild west aesthetic with the exploration of an unfamiliar planet in deep space. That having been said, most people anticipating the game would likely find nothing to fault with that combination in terms of visuals. But what will the game sound like? That’s what this week’s WildStar Wednesday addresses, with a piece by Jeff Kurtenacker about composing the music you’ll hear in-game.
As Kurtenacker puts it, the biggest challenge as a composer is to create music that combines the game’s diverse thematic points into a unified score, producing the right mixture of wonder, adventure, and a bit of old frontier exploration. But if all the technical discussion of composition is a bit beyond you, the post also includes two sample tracks from the game’s soundtrack, a chance for players to get a sense of what to expect from the finished experience. The tracks are brief, but they’re certainly the sort of thing that gets you in the mindset of the game — and that’s just what they’re there for.