Multiple British Academy Award & BAFTA winning composer, Jason Graves, most famous for his recent work on Dead Space and its sequel, might have let slip the possibility of a connection to Crystal Dynamics and their new Tomb Raider reboot in an interview at The Sound Cast back in February this year.
By using all too familiar words like "survival", "gritty" & "realistic", words purported by Crystal's marketing for the game at the time, fans are convinced they're at least a step closer to prematurely homing in on the composer. Graves has been among the likes of Inon Zur and Petri Alanko on our compiled list of likely candidates (via internal research). He's become a fan pick favourite since the recent confirmation of no involvement from Alanko.
The interview earlier this year went rather unnoticed, as keen-eared enthusiasts were preoccupied with tracking down rejected trailer composer Aleksandar Dimitrijevic after Game Informer's December 2010 special edition podcast. Listen to an excerpt courtesy of The Sound Cast below, where Jason Graves speaks of an unannounced attachment to a "gritty action-survival" title:
"So I do get calls. I mean, there's another action-survival title I'm working on that is very very exciting for me. They called and said that they loved what I'd done for Dead Space, but they weren't doing a horror title; but it was a little, you know, it was gritty and realistic... and did I think that I had anything creatively that I can add from a musical perspective that had the same slant of what I did for horror on Dead Space." - Jason Graves
Additionally, Crystal Dynamics global brand director, Karl Stewart, follows Graves on Twitter, and has previously intimated that he's a huge fan of soundtracks. Could the talented composer have received a call from the friendly Irishman himself?
Graves has worked for over a decade across countless video game projects including The Sims and Command & Conquer franchises. He has also contributed to film and television scores, his music featuring in American Idol & The Amazing Race.
The composer for Tomb Raider (2012) is expected to be announced soon. We've prompted Graves for a response. In light of this article, feel free to place a vote on the poll in our side bar. Be sure to check back for news as it hits. Special thanks to Krash at Tomb Raider Forums for spotting this one!
Update: Graves is playing tongue and cheek on Twitter: without confirmation or denial of involvement ...we've either got our man or he legitimately has no idea!
@H4RR7H Is he selling soap?— Jason Graves (@jgmusic) November 9, 2011
@jgmusic only of the "gritty" and "realistic" kind ;)— H4RR7H (@H4RR7H) November 9, 2011