a stylish look at Colt’s journey through Blackreef – PlayStation.Blog
Everyone knows the feeling of déjà vu – the feeling that you have already experienced something. For Colt, that feeling is almost constant. Trapped in a time warp, Colt experiences déjà vu for as long as he can remember, which actually doesn’t take very long because he has amnesia and only really remembers his recent past. That could honestly explain all of the déjà vu. Every time the day repeats it is a struggle to remember everything so that he can use the knowledge he needs to move forward and hopefully away from Blackreef Island. Colt has a new target in his sights in the latest Deathloop trailer – the visionary “Ramblin ‘” Frank Spicer.
The sounds of Blackreef
Blackreef residents live an endless party. Every looping day is a celebration of chaos, grandiosity and debauchery. This spirit has worked its way into every element of the game – from the drunken glasses on the streets to the colorful and sometimes threatening graffiti on the island to the music you hear in each of the four boroughs that share Blackreef.
“In addition to the different visual influences in the individual districts, we wanted to make sure that the players between the different regions of the island hear different things,” says audio director Michel Tremouiller. “Each district’s scores are changed by the architecture and atmosphere of that particular location, as well as the visionaries who call those areas home. Where Aleksis’ Updaam is all psyche rock and vintage sci-fi tones, in an area like Frank Spicer’s home of Fristad Rock, more melancholy guitars will sway to the rhythm of the waves. “
With Deathloop, Audio Director Michel Tremouiller was commissioned to create a style of music that is as unique as Blackreef. But before he could even begin to define each district, he had to determine the overarching style.
“First we define the most important elements that we want to make clear to the player and emphasize in the game,” says Michel Tremouiller, Audio Director. “Usually you have to focus on a few key words that describe the game, and that’s a good starting point for our work on the audio team. With Deathloop, as with all previous Arkane productions, we have a multitude of interesting keywords and levels that make up this universe. Deathloop has keywords like magical, military, scientific, mysterious, Northeim, Carnival … the list goes on. But of course, all of these concepts cannot be incorporated into just one style of music. We make complex and original universes, so it is impossible to copy an already existing style of music. “
“It’s psyche-rock music with vintage science fiction, jazz and various exotic and traditional sounds,” Tremoiller sums up his best to sum up the sound of Deathloop. “It’s hectic at times, stretched and mysterious at times … just like Blackreef Island.”
Sebastien Mitton’s deathloop watchlist
Do you want to take a closer look behind the scenes of Deathloop? Art Director Sebastien Mitton has compiled a list of films and themes that inspired much of the team’s vision for Blackreef Island. Get ready to start Deathloop with this watchlist.
- Skyfall (2012 | Director: Sam Mendes) – Great decor and Scottish highlands
- Point Blank (1967 | Director: John Boorman) – An empty and dry world theater of vengeance
- The Wicker Man (1973 | Director: Robin Hardy) – A murder puzzle on a Scottish island
- Under the Volcano (1984 | dir. John Huston) – A tormented soul during the Day of the Dead in Mexico
- Escape from New York (1981 | dir. John Carpenter) – antihero fights to escape
- The Warriors (1979 | dir. Walter Hill) – hunter and hunted
- The Thing (1982 | dir. John Carpenter) – isolation, harsh climatic conditions, survival
Pre-order Deathloop for PlayStation 5
Deathloop is now available for pre-order on PlayStation 5. When you pre-order any of the standard versions of the Deluxe Edition game, you will receive the following in-game bonuses:
- Unique weapon: Royal Protector Machete (PS5 exclusive)
- Character skin: “Storm Rider” Colt
- A piece of jewelry (equippable buff)