Raleigh, NC – May 26th, 2010 – Award-winning composer Jason Graves has created a thematic orchestral score for City of Heroes Going Rogue™, the new expansion to the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) City of Heroes® based on the superheroic comic book genre. Classically trained and renowned for his sophisticated orchestral music, Graves composed memorable superheroic themes to immerse players in the alternative world known as Praetoria. The score reflects the game’s new alignment system allowing players’ characters to shift allegiances between Heroes and Villains. Developed by Paragon Studios and published by NCsoft, City of Heroes Going Rogue™ will be released exclusively for the PC in July 2010.
“With very little direction, Jason was able to anticipate the needs of our project and deliver a score which far exceeded our expectations,” said Adam Kay, Audio Director at Paragon Studios. “Jason provided a soundtrack which feels contemporary while still being firmly rooted in the tradition of action film music. Juxtaposing themes provide contrast and variation capable of underscoring far more than the sum of total minutes delivered. Mostly, though, it just kicks ass!”
“Adam and I worked on our first title together a few years ago and we really hit it off,” commented Jason Graves. “When he called with another opportunity to collaborate, this time on a superheroic title, I couldn’t wait to get started! I’m especially excited about the main theme, “Welcome To Nova Praetoria,” which immediately establishes the Going Rogue concept of choosing your side and even switching sides during the game. The theme progresses through variations of good and evil before eventually arriving at an enigmatic and unresolved conclusion. That was my way of musically illustrating that the final decision is really up to the player.”
City of Heroes Going Rogue™, the first City of Heroes® expansion since the launch of City of Villains®, opens the mirror universe of Praetoria, whose bright utopian faÇade hides dark secrets. As you investigate this brave new world, searching for the truth behind Emperor Cole and his Praetorian guard, brutal foes and fierce allies emerge, turning this illusory paradise into an urban battlefield. City of Heroes Going Rogue adds the Rogue and Vigilante game alignments, enabling you to explore the shades of gray that lie between Heroes and Villains. For the first time in any super-powered MMOG, your character’s moral choices affect gameplay experience and determine your character’s ultimate destiny. For more information about the game visit http://goingrogue.na.cityofheroes.com/.
About Jason Graves
Jason Graves is a British Academy Award-winning composer who has brought his passion for music to video game franchises such as DEAD SPACE (EA), STAR TREK (Bethesda), SILENT HUNTER (Ubisoft) and COMMAND AND CONQUER (EA). His Hollywood expertise allows him to move effortlessly between film, television and games, and he is renowned worldwide for his cinematic, immersive and award-winning music.
Jason’s diverse musical background as a classically-trained composer, jazz drummer, keyboardist, guitarist and world percussionist allow him to expertly compose in many different genres of music. As a result, his game credits alone include more than eighty titles, ranging from electronic and rock to full symphonic scores. He performs world percussion and guitar on many of his own tracks and has conducted and recorded his live orchestral scores at Air Studios London, Capitol Records, Paramount Pictures, Skywalker Sound, and with the Seattle and Salt Lake City Philharmonic orchestras.
Jason’s music has also been honored with three Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Award (AIAS) nominations, winning “Outstanding Achievement in Audio” for DEAD SPACE. He has received seventeen G.A.N.G. nominations and four wins, including “Audio of the Year” for DEAD SPACE, “Best Original Theme” nominations for STAR TREK: LEGACY and BLAZING ANGELS 2 and “Music of the Year” nominations for DEAD SPACE and KING ARTHUR. Jason Graves is represented by the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency. For more information visit http://www.jasongraves.com/.