Connect with us

News

How Austin Wintory’s score enhanced The Banner Saga

Stoic Studios have revealed details around BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory’s score for their recently released tactical role-playing game The Banner Saga.

Published

on

The Banner Saga

Wintory created a multi-layered orchestral score featuring the Dallas Winds orchestra plus a trio of YouTube soloists, including vocalists Malukah and Peter Hollens, and violinist Taylor Davis.

Alex Thomas, a developer on The Banner Saga, had assumed the game’s soundtrack would be produced in-house, but Wintory’s involvement elevated the importance of music in the final product.

“When Austin got involved, what had begun as a side note changed to an integral part of the storytelling.” said Thomas. “He understands game design, programming and technical implementation, and he makes music that is part of the game instead of sitting on top. There aren’t many writers, designers and composers who are able or willing to work at that capacity.”

Last year Wintory was Grammy nominated for his score to the video game Journey and also provided the evocative soundtrack to indie crime caper, Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine.

Recommended for you


A request from Thumbsticks

If you like what we do and want to support free, quality games writing, then please consider supporting us via Patreon, buying us a coffee, or subscribing to our newsletter.

Thumbsticks editor, and connoisseur of Belgian buns. Currently playing: Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Pinball FX3, and Red Dead Redemption 2.