Layer by layer, the Ubisoft team behind the upcoming RPG Child of Light has been revealing all the unique choices that have gone into creating an artistic experience. Today, they have shown how a Montreal-based singer-songwriter and the multimedia wing of Cirque du Soleil are contributing to the overall design.
Musician Coeur de Pirate, French for "pirate heart," has composed the soundtrack for the game's world of Lemuria. Ubisoft Montreal's Creative Director Patrick Plourde considers the local talent to be a superb fit for the project:
Music is one fo the most important ways to communicate emotions to players. The music of Coeur de Priate is fresh, romantic, and optimistic, a perfect match for what we wanted to express with Child of Light. I am extremely honoured that she wanted to join us on this venture.
Coeur de Pirate, who also collaborated with The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra to create the operatic ambiance for Child of Light's in-game flight sequences, said she was able to compose from the ground up as the developers fed her pieces of the game and its intentions:
My experience with Ubisoft was great. I was there from the beginning, so they didn't have so much material with me to work with at first, which gave me complete freedom. Then, when I first saw the images, I really felt I could create something great with them. I remember seeing for the first time the music on the images. This is wonderful to see something come to life like this.
Ubisoft has also tapped another Montreal-based resource, Cirque du Soleil Media, accessing the creative resources of one of the most world-renowned circus/performance troops. Cirque du Soleil Media brought its experienced theatrical and costume design know-how to Child of Light, adding what was called "a real stage direction point of view" to its creation. According to Plourde, the design choices made will hopefully draw players further into the universe:
Videogames invite players to be immersed in virtual worlds and no one is better at creating immersive and magical experiences than the artists of Cirque du Soleil. So to be able to collaborate with them to achieve Child of Light's ambition to create a playable poem was a dream come true.
The unique creative energy inherent in Child of Light seems to be building all the time now with these new reveals. There's not much longer to wait, as the game will be releasing on the Wii U eShop at the end of the month for $14.99/£11.99. You can learn more about the sound and artistic work that has gone into the game in the latest "making of" video below.