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Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 394: Crash Landing

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Hey y’all! This week we sit down with composer Bobby Krlic, who shares the creative process behind crafting Returnal’s soundtrack.

Stuff We Talked About

  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm
  • Returnal (interview begins at 21:20)
  • Outer Wilds
  • The Witness
  • Disco Elysium – The Final Cut
  • Games that made us see things differently in the real world

The Cast

Sid Shuman – Senior Director of Content Communications, SIE

Tim Turi –  Senior Content Communications Specialist, SIE

Kristen Zitani – Senior Content Communications Specialist

Share of the Week: Golden

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Last week, we asked you to step into the sun or create moments centered around golden views using #PSshare #PSBlog. From sundripped scenery to garishly gold ensembles, here are this week’s golden highlights: 

The sun burns down on the deserted world of Journey, shared by Herp_Derp23

An ornate figure stands against a golden backdrop in this Mortal Shell share by m_nt_13.

Leaves fall against the golden sunset of Ghost of Tsushima, shared by Chris25551.

The golden get-ups catch the eye in Yakuza Kiwami 2 shared by oscar_smile.

Sefwick shared a golden reflective moment from Gran Turismo Sport.

Jesse pauses against a golden wall in the halls of Control, shared by jmsan5.

Search #PSshare #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in the next Share of the Week? 

THEME: Moonlight

SUBMIT BY: Wednesday 9 AM PT on April 14

Next week, we’re spending time under the moonlight. Share your best moments glowing under the moon’s gaze from the game of your choice using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.


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The music of Returnal: an interview with composer Bobby Krlic

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We’re only a few weeks away from Returnal’s release. But today you can get a taste of what awaits on Atropos in the form of the game’s first track, named – aptly enough, considering the circumstances that bring Selene to the alien planet – Crash. It as well as the rest of the soundtrack is the creation of Bobby Krlic. The British musician has a multitude of high-profile credits in his career to date. Alongside performing under stage name The Haxan Cloak, Krlic also composed the soundtrack of 2019 cinematic horror Midsommar.  

In Returnal, Krlic renders a bristling, malevolent soundscape that pairs perfectly with the weaponized planet and the tenacious ASTRA scout who finds herself trapped in the dark heart of a cosmic mystery. On April 30, the Returnal album will be released alongside the game as part of the Digital Deluxe Edition, and will come to streaming platforms on May 7. But rather than simply replicating the game’s score, the album features a unique set of mixes created especially for the format by Krlic. 

You can listen to The Crash below (and from various other sources here), and afterwards read our interview with the composer as he details the creative process behind that track and the rest of the game’s music. If you prefer your interviews fed straight into your ears, the chat will also appear in the latest PlayStation Podcast, going live later today.

When did you come on board the project?

To the best of my memory, I think Sony reached out to me in around July 2019. I started writing demos as soon as August, September, after those initial conversations. 

What was the elevator pitch of what this game would be, or the soundscape they were looking for?

There was a deck that was sent. You know; a brief description of the narrative, and then some renderings of characters, levels and that kind of thing. We didn’t get deep into the weeds. It was more giving an overview and seeing if there was, you know, some common interests there.

Were those demos in the right ballpark, and you refined from there? 

Yeah. We had a good two months of back and forth. Just sending things and discussing those and extrapolating elements from them, quickly finding which things didn’t [and which did] from both of us, it was about, you know, trying to carve out space, trying to do a kind of sci-fi horror that hopefully hasn’t really been done before. 

Horror is something that you have experience in, but creating a wholly unique alien world? What’s your starting point for creating this whole new soundscape?

I’ll try and do the same thing with, with most scoring projects. Gather as many materials as I can, ask for as much information as people are willing to give me and then, you know, just kind of soak myself in that. Just create without thinking about anything too specific, really, just really try and get in the zone of what the world is. Try and place myself there if I can, and then you know, just press record and play everything for a long time until things seem to be conjuring up the same feeling that I’m getting from the materials. 

PlayStation Store: March 2021 top downloads

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And just like that, Spring 2021 is upon us! No surprise to see consistent hits like Black Ops Cold War, GTA V, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, FIFA 21, and NBA 2K21 atop the charts, but we’re also excited to see titles like  It Takes Two and Disco Elysium – The Final Cut make their debuts.

Here are your most downloaded games of March 2021:

PS5 Games

US / CanadaEurope
1Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarFIFA 21
2Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
3NBA 2K21It Takes Two
4It Takes TwoTom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
5Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
6Assassin’s Creed ValhallaCrash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
7Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About TimeAssassin’s Creed Valhalla
8Demon’s SoulsWRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
9FIFA 21Mortal Kombat 11
10Watch Dogs: LegionDemon’s Souls
11Mortal Kombat 11Disco Elysium – The Final Cut
12Madden NFL 21Watch Dogs: Legion
13Disco Elysium – The Final CutNBA 2K21
14Hitman 3Hitman 3
15Sackboy: A Big AdventureSackboy: A Big Adventure
16Dead by Daylight: Special EditionImmortals Fenyx Rising
17Immortals Fenyx RisingMortal Shell: Enhanced Edition
18Yakuza: Like a DragonBorderlands 3
19GodfallDead by Daylight: Special Edition
20Borderlands 3vYakuza: Like a Dragon

PS4 Games

Neo: The World Ends with You comes to PS4 on July 27

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Get ready for a vibrant adventure in Shibuya this summer: Neo: The World Ends with You is coming to PS4 on July 27, 2021! This marks the first time The World Ends with You series comes to PlayStation, but is the perfect time for newcomers and fans alike to jump in and explore the dazzling streets of Tokyo.

Neo: The World Ends with You is the long-awaited follow-up to the RPG classic The World Ends with You. The story takes place in Shibuya, Tokyo. You may recognize some of the landmarks, but the city itself is depicted with an anime-style artistic touch unlike anything you’ve seen before. It is there you must attempt to uncover the mysteries behind the sinister Reapers’ Game, a life-or-death battle for survival in which you are forced to take part.

Perhaps Some Familiar Sites if You have Visited Shibuya in Tokyo

Take a look at a new trailer, which will give you a deeper look at the sights, sounds, and culture of the bustling city, characters you’ll meet along the way, and what the fast-paced battles and gameplay look like.

Neo: The World Ends with You comes to PS4 on July 27

We love that music! The composer for The World Ends with You, Takeharu Ishimoto, is back to bring you even more amped-up tracks. Fans of the original might also recognize a few remixes of previous tracks from the original game.

Introducing the ‘Wicked Twisters’

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US / CanadaEurope
1Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarMinecraft
2MinecraftCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
3Grand Theft Auto VGrand Theft Auto V
4NBA 2K21Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
5Little NightmaresFIFA 21
6The ForestLittle Nightmares
7Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeNBA 2K21
8Call of Duty: Modern WarfareThe Forest
9Friday the 13th: The GameThe Crew 2
10Need for Speed HeatBattlefield V
11Little Nightmares IIFall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
12MLB The Show 20Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
13Red Dead Redemption 2Guilty Gear Xrd Rev.2
14Ghost of TsushimaA Way Out
15Gang BeastsNeed for Speed Heat
16Shotgun FarmersFriday the 13th: The Game
17The Crew 2Need for Speed
18Assassin’s Creed ValhallaGran Turismo Sport
19Watch Dogs: LegionTomb Raider: Definitive Edition
20Mortal Kombat 11Gang Beasts