Monday, February 12, 2024

Nathan McCree not involved with Tomb Raider I-III Remastered

Original Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) & Tomb Raider III (1998) composer Nathan McCree has not been approached by developer Aspyr to contribute to Tomb Raider I-III Remastered, a restored compilation of the first three entries in the franchise starring Lara Croft. Tomb Raider I-III Remastered publishes on February 14th, 2024 in an unprecedented updating of the classic titles.

There has been no official word on how the games' existing music may be considered in this trilogy of remasters, as with other contemporary re-releases featuring full re-orchestrations (e.g. Halo Anniversaries or Age of Empires Definitive Editions) or at minimum a remastering process of the audio. MoTR did however receive a press preview copy of the game(s) and can confirm following embargo(s) today that the original soundtracks are indeed intact (and, if anything, tidied up a little).

Aside, McCree, following numerous mentions over the years, reportedly still plans to finally release remastered soundtrack albums for each of the original games. This, separately, could be as soon as this month. Again, however, this material will not feature in Tomb Raider I-III Remastered. This is an unequivocal missed opportunity, not only for the presentation of the music in these modernised releases, but also in the interest of preservation.

To date, none of the original music tracks from McCree's Tomb Raider games have been published officially in a dedicated standalone capacity. Including, as the composer alludes, score to the cutscenes and FMV sequences in its isolated form. McCree procured the rights prior to a 2017 Kickstarter, which ultimately resulted in the Tomb Raider Suite (2018) material medleys & the accompanying Synth Mixes (2021), the latter being the closest representation to original soundtrack albums - these being promised in original stretch goals.

Conversely, Peter Connelly (Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Chronicles & Angel of Darkness) followed suit in 2019 with The Dark Angel Symphony project (& accompanying MIDI Demos in 2021) which actually featured the original soundtracks to his titles remastered. As soon as the Tomb Raider I-III original soundtracks see the light of day, MoTR will be sure to include these in our commercial discography catalogue.

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