"Our approach with 'Darkwatch' has been to create a video game with big hit potential," said John Rowe, president and chief operating officer, Sammy Studios, Inc. "'Darkwatch' has tremendous production value from a game development perspective, and a compelling, original premise that bears all of the hallmarks of an enduring entertainment property. Enlisting established musical artists brings that same caliber of production to an area we believe is important to bring the property to life, and ultimately make the game a memorable experience."
"Darkwatch" will introduce a new take on the popular FPS genre, featuring a unique horror twist on the Wild West, and featuring play mechanics not often seen in shooter games. Among its innovations is a reputation judgment system that brings a role-playing game element to a FPS.
Players, in the role of outlaw gunslinger turned half-vampire Jericho Cross, will encounter situations in the game where they must decide whether Jericho will overcome or succumb to his predilection to commit acts of evil, dictated by his need for the blood of the living in order to survive. The compass points in this morality conflict are two female characters, each of whom conjure up memories of past wrongdoings in his life; Cassidy, representing good as Jerichos fellow agent in the vampire-hunting Darkwatch organization, and Tala, the half-vampire femme fatale who wishes Jericho to join her in a reign of evil. How players react to the relationship in this trinity, and ultimately direct their gun-toting, blade carrying protagonist dictates how they will experience "Darkwatch" each time they play.
Enhancing this cinematic game experience will be an original soundtrack composed by the musical team of Sierra and Reagan. Asdru Sierra is the co-vocalist and trumpet player for Ozomatli, the multi-ethnic Los Angeles band known for a self-described "Afro-Latin-and-beyond" sound. Ozomatlis unique musical style has garnered them a 2001 Grammy Award for the album "Embrace the Chaos," a 2002 Billboard Latin Award nomination, a 2004 Billboard Award, and most recently a nomination for this years Grammy for alternative Latin Rock.
Sierra is joined by Mike Reagan (www.mikereaganmusic.com), a veteran composer, songwriter and sound designer whose work has been featured in dozens of films and television commercials and over sixty video games. Reagans musical work has earned him various honors and awards, including an Academy Award nomination and a 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Childrens Soundtrack."
"There is immense depth in this game, and our approach to the music in 'Darkwatch' reflects that," said Reagan. "After feasting our eyes on the artwork and experiencing our first taste of game play, we knew the 'Darkwatch' team had tapped into something truly breathtaking. There is nothing like being awestruck to serve as the fuel for a compelling soundtrack."
Added Sierra, "Our goal is to help connect the audience with a conflicted character, one who alternates between moments of providence and misguidance, and accomplish that with a musical score of cinematic proportions."
"We are very excited to have two musicians of Mike and Asdrus caliber composing the soundtrack for 'Darkwatch,'" said Gene Semel, audio manager, Sammy Studios. "Theyre creating a very memorable and melodic score to drive the emotional connection players will have with the characters, and the intense action they will experience when playing the game."