The ongoing cultural importance of computer games continues with the news that two major artists are composing the music for Rockstar’s next instalment of the Max Payne series. The company, also responsible for the fabulously successful Grand Theft Auto series, have commissioned LA band HEALTH to write the original music, while tough São Paulo MC Emicida will contribute some tunes. The game, which follows an ex-police officer through the underworld of Brazil, will be released this summer.
Emicida said this:
“Before anything else, I’m a huge fan of video games as I shared with you guys during our first meetings regarding the game. Here at Laboratório Fantasma (Records), we have a great admiration for Rockstar and we are, without exception, fans of GTA, among other titles that Rockstar has released. Having the opportunity to be part of the game Max Payne 3 was really special. Creating a song for the game was simply like a dream. We worked along a storyline that is dense, obscure and that takes place in the city of São Paulo, our beloved São Paulo. My intention was to hold on to this idea, that of an astrological inferno – when all the planets are aligned against you – of a character immersed in a chaotic landscape in the largest city of Latin America, with its contrasts and scenarios of tension, violence, corruption, and especially at this very delicate moment in São Paulo’s history where we witness a wave of political attacks against our low-income communities… I am eagerly awaiting the release of the game and it’s gonna be f***ing awesome!!!”
HEALTH were slightly less forthcoming, but praised the project nonetheless:
“Video games are redefining entertainment and whether people like it or not, they are becoming as culturally relevant as films,” said the band’s Jake Duzsik. “We feel that Rockstar’s projects have an undeniably raw and tasteful aesthetic. It’s vitally important to us that we be involved in things we respect artistically. Max Payne 3 has a complex story that unfolds mercilessly and we are excited to be a part of it.”
Watch a trailer below: