Journey’s Composer Is Scoring Leisure Suit Larry
One of my favorite things in the world is when some high prestige actor shows up in something arguably beneath them that is also really awesome. Natalie Portman showing up in Your Highness, for instance. Not only because you get to hear people mocking the decision, but then when you see it, you realize they were probably genius level brilliant for taking the job.
The video game equivalent? Journey composer Austin Wintory, notable as being the recipient of the first-ever grammy nomination for a video game score (technically, the theme from Civ IV won a grammy a couple of years ago, but it was for a reworked version performed independently from the game and thus, doesn’t count) has revealed his next high profile project, and it’s the upcoming relaunch of Leisure Suit Larry.
He revealed the news just before the VGAs in an interview with Polygon, saying “Al Lowe, the original creator, reached out to me a little while ago.” Wintory added that “the team that’s remaking it, Replay Games, they had been fans of Journey. It’s actually shocking that they would think to call me because they couldn’t be more opposite of each other.”
The cool thing is that it turns out this is the kind of project Wintory would love. “That’s my era as a gamer growing up,” he told Polygon. “This was like a fantasy to work on a game like that.” Kind of awesome, and at minimum, a guarantee that LLL will have a fantastic soundtrack. Hooray, in other words.