Make Your Own Guild Wars 2 SoundtrackAugust 5, 2011 at 6:25 am | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 9 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
The big news this week is that Guild Wars 2 will allow you to tie music of your choosing to specific types of events in game.
We’re giving players the option of choosing external music playlists that the game’s audio engine will use as a replacement for the default in-game music. Players can choose different playlists for background ambience and battle music, for instance. Additionally, when appropriate, such as during cinematics, the game can revert back to in-game music temporarily to give the best possible cinematic experience, then resume the custom playlist when it’s done.
This is a development that has been a long time in coming and I’m surprised more games don’t have it. Everyone turns off their music eventually to listen to their favourite genre, providing a way for players to tie it to their game is just ingenious.
Guild Wars 2 has been talking a lot about sound lately. They put two videos on their blog chronicling what goes into creating the sounds and designing them. Yesterday they put up two blog posts going over just how complex sound in a video game can be and a more broad outlook on just what they wanted to do with audio.
I do so enjoy seeing these intensely detailed blog posts that go over what programs they’re using, what obstacles they have to overcome, the technical aspects, and how that all comes together to give the final product. It can be a bit boring for someone not interested in audio certainly, but most super fans will read this sort of thing anyway.
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