As the release of Fatshark‘s Warhammer 40,000: Darktide creeps ever closer, more specifically, at the end of November, the studio is giving fans yet another avenue to prepare themselves for the madness ahead. The Warhammer 40,000: Darktide soundtrack, composed by the award-winning Jesper Kyd, has now been made available on various platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and others.
“Living machines were the first keywords the developer Fatshark mentioned. This is reflected in the score with a sense of electronic machine breathing or talking, a performance created with the organic synth, the Yamaha CS-80, run through an array of pedals,” Kyd explained about the Darktide soundtrack.
“All happenings in the game are reflected in the music. The bassline is the driving force of the underground vibe instilled in much of the score. The small folk-group-inspired vocals on the score remind the player where they came from, and it celebrates the journey of a rejected outcast who becomes a devout servant of the Imperium.”
Being able to deliver on the audio front with impact has always been a trademark of Fatshark’s games, and Darktide looks set to follow in the same vein thanks to Kyd’s work on the soundtrack. Sharing more on his inspirations, the composer pointed out that “the devotion to the Imperium is absolute and that devotion is front and center in this music.”
“The score features a rousing performance by the Budapest Scoring Choir. The choir idea stems from the journey you go on as an outcast, then being recruited to work for the Imperium. The music follows the story from the Reject makes an entrance with the Nothing-to-Lose attitude all the way to becoming somewhat of an icon. Rejects will Rise.”
As for the main theme, it “embraces the sound of dark folk music mixed with a massive analog synth bassline, created with analog sequences from the 1970s” to get players in the right mood for blood and gore.
For those that rather wait until launch day to experience the majesty of the Darktide soundtrack, do note that it is also included in the Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Imperial Edition.