Prolific electronic-rock producer Klayton and highly-acclaimed gaming composer Tom Salta are working together—under the respected monikers of Celldweller and Atlas Plug—to produce the music for the third season of Microsoft’s historic gaming franchise Killer Instinct.
The game, which features a booming cameo from Battletoads‘ own Rash, was announced earlier this week at Germany’s Gamescom and is set to be released March 2016. The news was released via an in-depth blog discussing Klayton and Salta taking over the music production from legendary sound designer Mick Gordon.
The two come well-equipped to create the music for Killer Instinct. Klayton has worked on music for games such as Dead Rising 2 & 3 and Salta created music for titles such as Halo: Spartan Strike and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter.
The song is available for free download via the Killer Instinct Season 3 SoundCloud.
Salta and Klayton have history working together, with Salta lending a hand on the Celldweller songs “Ghosts” and “Ursa Minor,” which was featured in the likes of Ninja Assassins and the X-Men trilogy. Here’s what the two said about coming together to create music for such a prolific game.
“It’s safe to say that each character will have their own distinct sound,” Klayton said. “You’ll be able to identify which fighter is fighting based on the vibe and elements of the music. It’s really great to be part of a game that has been historically driven by music.”
“Working on Killer Instinct with Celldweller really brings lots of things full circle,” Salta said. “A lot of people don’t realize that Atlas Plug made its first appearance in Microsoft Games back in 2004—so it’s pretty amazing to be back as Atlas Plug, working on another Microsoft project, teaming up with Celldweller. History is definitely being made.”
Read the full story on Klayton and Salta’s history via the official Killer Instinct blog now.
Find out more information on Killer Instinct Season 3 via the official product page.