It has been known for a while that former Beatle Paul McCartney was collaborating on Bungie’s latest game Destiny. McCartney was working on the project with Marty O’Donnell, who was recently let go from Bungie leading to a lawsuit, and Michael Salvatori starting about four years ago. Since then he has worked intermittently on Destiny eventually tackling more of the project than initially intended.
I’m really excited to be working on writing music with Bungie, the studio that made Halo
McCartney officially announced his involvement with Destiny in July 2012 via a tweet which simply said he was happy to work with Bungie. At the time we simply knew that their next project was called Destiny, with almost no other information being available. Of course, we now know a whole lot about Destiny thanks to its beta, which featured over 70 minutes of music.
McCartney has now revealed that on top of collaborating on the game’s main score, he has also produced a special theme song for Destiny which will be released after the game launches. The piece was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London with a 120-piece orchestra. It is focused on the theme of “Hope” which seems quite apt given the material present in Destiny.
McCartney himself is not believed to be a big video game fan, but he was interested in the challenge of creating a score for an interactive medium. Unlike other compositions, a game’s score has to be fluid so that it fits with multiple gameplay scenarios. While he has not worked on a video game score before McCartney has done four full-length orchestral scores and several short classical pieces, along with several electronica albums under the name Fireman.
Destiny is set to release on September 9th for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Aside from “after the game is released” there is no other information for when Paul McCartney’s Destiny theme song will be available.