Sound Byte: Rift: Planes of Telara Scoring an MMO Game

Find out what it takes to come up with a score to accompany a massive multiplayer online game.

When you spend hours upon hours in a massively multiplayer online game, you not only trek across the landscape over and over, but you also listen to the music that comes with it over and over again. It's a challenge to come up with themes that fit the scene while keeping it in the background so that it doesn't get annoying. See what audio director Yannis Brown has to say regarding the soundtrack and meet the composers behind Rift: Planes of Telara.

Sound Byte is GameSpot's game music blog, which covers every aspect of music in games, including interviews with top game music composers and discussions of new and classic game soundtracks. The blog is usually updated on Fridays, but things might happen midweek too. Have a question or suggestion? Leave us a comment below. For a list of previous Sound Byte features, click here.

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PolarGamer
PolarGamer

@XxgunsxX you just made my day a little brighter. Thank you.

XxgunsxX
XxgunsxX

i dont like game like this to gay ugly wapon i want big guys bad azz lookin armo wapon big swords nice gear shoulders with pikes or skulls i mean this trash skine flat sowrd ugly shild look like the plate i eat diner mee!!!!! trash

stabby_mcgee
stabby_mcgee

I wonder how much John Van Caneghem worked on his game. I'm guessing that he's played a big part in getting Paul Romero and Rob King involved since they were did the music in all the Heroes and some of the Might and Magic games.

Lone_Warrior_66
Lone_Warrior_66

Rob King and Paul Romero, I just got a lot more interested in this game :O

viperbee
viperbee

i think the same but let try ; lets play and later we say someting

pathock3
pathock3

Layering has been common practice for ages. I definitely remember it in titles like Morrowind, Warcraft III and Fable.

julianozuca
julianozuca

Great Sound Byte blog as always. Looks like recording on separated layers is becoming a strong trend right now, especially after the superb work did in de Blob (Wii).

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

I have no interest in rift as the combat looks uninteresting and grindy and the lore seems borrowed and nothing new or original. But inon zur is cool, he did dragon age.