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Composer Peter Murray has shared how the team balanced this new original composition with the music of the films, while composer J. Scott Rakozy said he wanted to evoke a sense of “child-like awe and wonder”.
According to the video, in order to create the ancient melody of Hogwarts, the team brought in unique instruments such as the “thunder sheet”—a giant piece of sheet metal—and another one called the waterphone.
“Since music accounts for every movement the player makes in the game, the composers were challenged to balance the darker side of the game with slow emotional strings to help guide the player and enhance the overall experience,” reads a press release accompanying the video.
“Exploring the common rooms in each of the Hogwarts houses, the team infused different dynamic personalities through their use of music. The original score serves as an additional character in the game, immersing the player in the complex 1800s wizarding world.”
Developed by Avalanche Software (Disney Infinity), Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world RPG that takes players beyond Hogwarts to new and familiar locations, as they “live the unwritten and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world.”
Due to be published under Warner’s Portkey Games label, Hogwarts Legacy was originally scheduled to be released in 2021, before being delayed to 2022.
Warner Bros Games then announced in August that the game had been delayed once again, this time to early 2023.
The PlayStation versions of the game will feature exclusive content, including an additional dungeon, a shopkeeper’s cosmetic set and an exclusive in-game Hogsmeade shop.