Thursday
Jun212012

official remix record

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To mark the summer solstice launch of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP in the island nation of Japan, an entirely new album has been created featuring seven of Jim Guthrie’s songs of sworcery, re-interpreted by a who’s who of Japanese composers, many of them known for their affiliation with videogames. If you're a fan of Jim Guthrie's Sword & Sworcery LP: The Ballad of the Space Babies and/or if you have any connection to the long history of videogame audio & music in Japan then you'll definitely dig this new record.

The Scythian Steppes: seven #sworcery songs localized for Japan” contains remixes from Michiru Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night), Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill), Baiyon (PixelJunk 4am), Mitsuto Suzuki (Final Fantasy XIII-2), chiptune artist macotom3, and superhero Decasségui Hip.

The remix record was orchestrated by the folks at 8-4, Ltd. with the intention of bringing the best of the West to the East, and bringing the best of the East to the West. The record was produced in association with Jim Guthrie & Superbrothers.

“We wanted to do something special to celebrate #sworcery finally coming to Japan,” says 8-4, Ltd. president Hiroko Minamoto. “Music and collaboration were key aspects of this game from the beginning, so a remix album together with Japanese artists just felt right.”

The album is available now - listen to it for free or purchase it for $5, proceeds go to the folks at 8-4.

The official site for the remix record is here: sworcery.jp/remix

 

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Thursday
Jun212012

suda 51 as Logfella in #sukimusu

///////////////////////////////////////// THE ISLAND NATION OF JAPAN

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP has been comprehensively localized for the island nation of Japan by a highly respected videogame company headquartered in Tokyo known as 8-4. The project launched on June 21st - the summer solstice - alongside an official Sword & Sworcery remix record. The project has been met with a rave review in popular weekly videogame magazine Famitsu, plus legendary creators like Fumito Ueda, Baiyon & Hip Tanaka seem to dig it.
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“It’s simply a magnificent game” says Suda 51, CEO of Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio behind such acclaimed games as No More HeroesKiller 7, and Shadows of the Damned. In this new edition, legendary Japanese videogame creator Suda 51 provides the voice of Logfella. Suda 51 has also been involved in the launch proceedings, participating in a press event at 8-bit cafe in Tokyo as well as writing about #sukimusu in his weekly column in Famitsu.
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In the clip above Suda is just awkwardly shooting the breeze, Robert Ashley style, saying something like ".... nice weather we're having, huh? The sunshine, it feels good... hasn't rained in a while, so that's cool..." If you'd like to hear Suda 51 inside Sword & Sworcery you'll need to change your system's language settings to Japanese. 
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This localization + launch effort was lead by our trusted partners at 8-4 and motivated by a love of videogames. If you'd like to help 8-4 in their mission to help bridge East & West, be sure to get a copy of the remix record.
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Thursday
May312012

mac, linux & pc + bundle

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The new edition for the electric computer is now available for Mac & Linux, as well as PC...

...ALSO: we're thrilled to announce the Humble Bundle No.oo5!

For a limited time, pay what you like for Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Psychonauts, Limbo, Amnesia & Bastion, plus some of the proceeds go to worthy causes... and that's not all! The lovely soundtracks to these five psychologically dense, audiovisually rich videogames are included including Darren Korb's masterful Bastion songs.

Take a look-see at the new clip (included below) featuring Logan Cunningham aka the narrator from Bastion as well as a persuasive pitch from Double Fine's Tim Schafer and/or buy the bundle now at humblebundle.com: 

Note: The Mac edition of S:S&S EP will also be popping up on Steam sometime today, plus it'll show up on the Mac App Store before long. A whole chunk of S:S&S EP was made on Mac & MacBook, so it feels pretty nice to finally be launching the project on these platforms.

 

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