Shadow of the Colossus composer Kow Otani discussed the process behind updating his legendary soundtrack for the upcoming PlayStation 4 remaster of the game in a video interview posted to the PlayStation blog today. The post also revealed a beautiful 2-LP vinyl version of the soundtrack courtesy of iam8bit.
When Otani was asked to return to work on a revamped Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack he wanted to make sure that any changes he made would only augment, not completely alter, the music.
“When it came time to update the music, while we were unable to redo every track, we wanted to add more depth to the opening and ending, so we increased the number of musicians and added more string instruments to the original recordings,” Otani said. “The goal of this recording was less to change the track themselves and more to make the sense of scale even bigger.”
Shadow of the Colossus’ score was praised by critics when the game originally launched in 2005 on the PlayStation 2. An intriguing mix of epic and melancholy music, the score is still one of the most memorable game soundtracks. Otani reflects on this particular sound and what he wanted to make players feel.
“The music feels like you might have saved someone you love, but you couldn’t save everyone you loved,” he said. “For example, in the track ‘End of the Battle,’ you would think the music would be triumphant after winning. But as a whole, this soundtrack has more in common with a prayer or a requiem.”
Otani also talks at length about the inspiration behind using specific instruments and the vinyl version of the soundtrack that iam8bit is releasing. The 2-LP vinyl set, which features some gorgeous art, can be preordered at iam8bit’s website and is expected to release in Q2 2018. The remastered version of Shadow of the Colossus will journey to the PlayStation 4 on Feb. 6.