Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has brought back Black Ops composer Jack Wall to do the music once again. Developer Treyarch has confirmed Wall’s involvement in the game, and also released the main theme music, which is meant to reflect the ’80s and the Cold War period.
Wall told SPIN that he used a number of soft synth instruments to create a “dark, shadowy” feel that felt appropriate to the time period.
“I wanted to create something for the main menu that immediately said very clearly ‘Cold War’: Reagan, Brezhnev, Soviet choir,” Wall said. “I wrote a distinctly ‘of the era’ Soviet-sounding theme, mixing Soviet choir and orchestra with dark synths. Making music and sounds from the ’80s–[using instruments like] Moog Modular, Minimoog, and CS80, as well as other soft synths–to give it that dark, shadowy Black Ops feel in the time of larger-than-life Cold War political figures like Reagan and Brezhnev.”
Wall also created the music for Black Ops 2, 3, and 4. Outside of the Call of Duty franchise, Wall is known for the music he wrote for Mass Effect 1 and 2, Jade Empire, Splinter Cell, and Lost Planet 3.
Black Ops Cold War releases on November 13 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, along with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The game’s cross-play beta recently ended, and if you took part, you can now claim a special freebie for Call of Duty Mobile.
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