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Ben MacDougall took inspiration from the world itself on Godfall's epic fantasy score / techradar.

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Godfall's world of Aperion is a new one - and one that hasn't been explored yet. Being a new IP, this gave the game's composer, Ben MacDougall, plenty of room to experiment with. He tells TechRadar that his training as a flute player really shined through in the game's soundtrack, with the instrument giving the game a more melodic influence. Aperion has no existing associations, so MacDougall took inspiration from the world itself, and discussed both the characters and story of how the world came to be with director Keith Lee.

Sonically, MacDougall utilized a large orchestral sound for an expansive soundtrack, as an epic tale requires an epic score. An orchestra is capable of creating both sonic mayhem and beauty equally. He had been playing in symphony orchestras for many years, so writing one felt natural to him, saying, "When you combine that more traditional writing-style with my fascination for making instruments and warping them into new sonic forms, you suddenly have something that feels new, but also grounded."

MacDougall noted that it's the contrast between quiet moments and the loud moments. For him, one of the most interesting challenges with Godfall was to find a balance between cues that offer moments of comparative serenity in the otherwise tense, violent world of Aperion while also considering different levels of combat intensity. The mix between the game's soundtrack and the sound effects coming from weapons, enemies, and environments, all come to life through the power of new hardware.

Godfall, as with all big projects, brought new challenges every day. Whether it'd be the technical challenges of recording and mixing a score of this scale, or the moments late in the night when figuring out a way to make something "pop" just a little bit more. MacDougall said, "At the end of the day, we all serve the game, and as such, I'm thrilled that people are finally able to get stuck in, and dive into the mystical world of Aperion, and everything that it has to offer."  (Image credit: Gearbox)