Nokia have announced that chiptune artist 8 Bit Weapon will be creating a retro-influenced soundtrack for "Project White Rock." They may be no stranger to gaming soundtracks (having soundtracked the Halo 2 preview event), but the opportunity to take on the full score for the hotly awaited N-Gage title is "a dream come true."
Already powering the horribly addictive music behind Nokia's viral "For The Love of Gaming" website, 8 Bit Weapon are looking forward to scoring the game, and the conspiratorial amongst you all will wonder if they know anything more about the game so they can do so. After all, if the music is going to evoke memories of "the first time you ever rescued a princess," then the possibilites of the final game are... awe-inspiring?
You can download the complete soundtrack for the game here. There are 25 tracks available with titles varying from Chiptune Chump, through Commodore Base and Power Up Pumpin to SID Vicious. Perhaps these give a hint to what Project White Rock might be about?
We're wondering how many more subtle hints Nokia can drop before they have a) a lynch mob demanding their White Rock right now, or b) grumpy gamers frustrated with cryptic clues!
There's some extra information in the press release which we have included below:
Full Press Release:
8 Bit Weapon to Rock Secret Nokia Project
Finally, we have some exciting information about Nokia Games Publishing's secret Project White Rock! Renowned chiptune artist 8 Bit Weapon will be creating a custom retro soundtrack for Senior Producer Scott Foe's latest endeavor that will take players back to their gaming roots.
Founded in 2000, Los Angeles-based 8 Bit Weapon derives its unique sound by employing vintage game machines and consoles as instruments, a genre known as "chiptunes." 8 Bit Weapon has earned rave reviews from Los Angeles Times, GamePro and IGN Network. Live performances include G4's "Attack of the Show", E3 Expo and international tours since 2002. Though 8 Bit Weapon created the soundtrack for Xbox's exclusive Halo 2 preview event, White Rock will be the first full videogame to be scored by the band.
Produced by Nokia Games Publishing, the closely-guarded Project White Rock is being developed by RedLynx, best known for the award-winning High Seize. Pocket Gamer, the largest site dedicated to handheld gaming, picked White Rock as the number one Nokia-produced game in 2008 and The Guardian called the title one of the "most promising" of 2008. Scott Foe, the game's producer and concept designer, has been noted by Edge Magazine as one of the talents that will change the face of gaming and his previous title Pocket Kingdom was a GameSpy Game of the Year and one of The Escapist's top ten portable games. White Rock will be the highest production value mobile game ever created, as well as a true multiplatform title with seamless integration of PC and mobile multiplayer. The philosophy behind the game is simple: It's all for the love of gaming.
"8 Bit Weapon is helping us to welcome you back to the playground of your youth," said Foe of Nokia. "The sound is pure nostalgia, like the first time you ever rescued a princess."
"Scott made a dream come true for me when he asked me to score a game," said Sternberger of 8 Bit Weapon. "But for it to be this game: Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would get to work on something like Project White Rock."
Fans can find the 8 Bit Weapon track "2D Died", inspired by White Rock, at ForTheLoveOfGaming.com along with other related assets at Media.ForTheLoveOfGaming.com.