Composer Akira Yamaoka on Let It Die and Hideo Kojima being his senpai
Let It Die is an upcoming free-to-play hack and slash action game from developer Grasshopper Manufacture and publisher GungHo Online Entertainment. Since the game is produced by Suda51, players can expect over-the-top and bloody action.
Working as the game’s composer and sound designer is Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, Shadows of the Damned). Now that he is a successful musician, he was able to give back to the indie musicians.
“I have been working in the gaming industry for over 20 years, and since then I have been fortunate enough to be well known in Japan and also in the world,” Yamaoka tells Nerd Reactor during E3 2016. “I wish that indie bands can have that same fame in the next couple of years or even ten years, so I wanted to introduce their music to the audience and hope that showcasing them in the game will give them that opportunity.”
The game will feature over 100 songs from many different artists. Yamaoka talks about juggling both sound design and music.
“Both are sounds that help make up the game, Let It Die,” Yamaoka said. “The sound design, sound effects, and music pretty much build up on one another. I feel that if you separate them into a different composer or sound designer, you won’t have the same DNA in it. So it is much easier for me to do all the sounds together.”
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima once worked at Konami, just like Yamaoka. We asked the composer if he’d like to work with Kojima.
“Yes, definitely,” Yamaoka replied. “He is my big senpai, and also somebody that I pretty much think highly upon. It would be a huge honor to work with him.”