I'm going to make a bold statement here that might net me some haters, but here goes: I think that Guild Wars 2
is better off now that it's cast off Jeremy Soule
and moved on to in-house composers. Soule's soundtrack was great in parts, but he's not the be-all, end-all of good video game music. And his company's unexplained decision to yank
the soundtrack from its store (and not even offer a digital version) irks me beyond the telling of it. Good luck finding it!
So today I'm going to give tribute to the two men who have been forging ahead -- spectacularly, I might add -- with scoring Guild Wars 2's
ongoing living story updates. Maclaine Diemer
and Leif Chappelle
have been whipping up a wide variety of tunes to go with the various story elements and events. To ArenaNet's
credit, the studio has been posting these downloadable tracks for free on SoundCloud
And while rumor has it that Diemer and Chappelle are already composing music for season two, I thought it'd be worthwhile to go back and share some of my favorites from their season one portfolio. I won't be dipping into Super Adventure Box
, however, as we did that last year.