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Audio Developer Diary: Channeling the Awesomeness of the Eighties

Awesomenauts Sheriff LonestarAwesome games require awesome songs and since Awesomenauts is, well, pretty awesome, it needed the awesomestest song ever! The game-audio guys at Sonic Picnic have been acutely aware of this after they played early builds of the game at Ronimo HQ, back in '09. After toiling away for weeks in their own audio-recording lair they came up with a song that blew us away in its 80's awesomeness. This song has been part of every Awesomenauts video, but especially the intro cinematic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x--DVqnaxtk

Since then, we've been getting requests from fans to make more of the awesome soundtrack available. Fortunately, Sonic Picnic has been kind enough to write a development diary that delves deep into the bowels of Awesomenauts' audio design and music production, and also gives a glimpse at some of the things to come - a single-length version of the theme song, amongst other things.

This dev diary, including a short preview of the extended theme song can be found here: http://www.awesomenauts.com/audio/

Awesomenauts will be available in the coming weeks for download on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network.

About Awesomenauts:
The year is 3587, conflict spans the stars. Huge robot armies are locked in an enduring stalemate. At the centre is a team of elite mercenaries fighting for the spoils of war: The Awesomenauts.

Combining the gameplay of classic 2D-platforming titles with that of modern, fast-paced MOBA-games, Awesomenauts allows up to six players to battle against one-another across multiple alien worlds. Featuring a playable roster of six unique heroes, Awesomenauts brings ferocious team play and angry, lightsaber-wielding aliens together.
Awesomenauts Screenshot
Gameplay Features:

  • For the first time in galactic history, Awesomenauts will bring the popular MOBA genre to the 2D plane with rich, detailed environments!
  • Adrenaline-pumping action with up to 3 players staining your couch, or 6 players online!
  • A roster of six unique playable mercenaries, each featuring their own set of skills and upgrades!
  • Advanced matchmaking options, which allow you to queue up for online matches without forcing you to wait in a matchmaking lobby!
  • Unlock over 100 unique items to beef up your abilities and customize your personal playing style for each match!
  • Face melting battles across multiple exotic planets and alien spaceships!