SQUADRONS AT WAR
October 4, 2020
Gordy Haab Scores New Game STAR WARS: SQUADRONS; Blake Robinson-scored Prequel Trailer Released
– Randall D. Larson
STAR WARS: SQUADRONS is a space combat game set in the STAR WARS universe, developed by Motive Studios and published by Electronic Arts. In the game, players experience being a pilot in a thrilling STAR WARS single-player campaign as they learn first person the art of starfighter combat. Taking control of ships from the Galactic Empire and the New Republic Navy, you will apply the movement of power between the ships’ functions of weaponry, shields, and engines to defeat your opponents in combat.
The game’s music by Gordy Haab lends excitement and authenticity to these adventures within the STAR WARS universe. Haab has composed numerous scores and contributed music for numerous STAR WARS, HALO WARS, and WALKING DEAD video games, including STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER and games in the STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT and STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC series, as well as films such as THE LAST BEYOND (2019) and DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT 2 (2015).
Describing his work for video games in an interview for the British Mandy website, Haab described: “For STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT, since the beginning of my time on that project, I’ve written well over seven hours of music. And for all of the STAR WARS games I’ve worked on, I think it’s a total of 17 hours of music. HALO WARS 2, another game I worked on, had 200 minutes of music just from the one release package of the game, so it’s quite a lot of music to write and to keep it interesting and fresh is a big challenge… When you’re dealing with these larger IPs, like STAR WARS or HALO, or something that people really know, you’re dealing with a built-in fan base that has high expectations for every part of the game including music. It’s often daunting, the amount of people who are expecting you to do a good job. That can be overwhelming at times and it can be a really strong motivator as well.” (Read the full interview here)
A digital soundtrack has been released by Walt Disney Records, now available on Amazon and other streaming and digital sources.
A prequel trailer for this latest game iteration was released recently, called STAR WARS: SQUADRONS – HUNTED, produced by Motive Studios in collaboration with Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic. The score for HUNTED was composed by Australian media composer Blake Robinson (aka Blakus), who has written trailer music for such games and movies as STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JEDI FALLEN ORDER, BATTLEFIELD V, and more.
Related: See our August 1st soundtrack news report, “Stephen Barton & Gordy Haab Score STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER – Soundtrack Out Today“
Watch STAR WARS SQUADRONS – HUNTED below: