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The Kickstarter campaign for Unknown Realm: The Siege Perilous keeps getting regular updates now that it has less than ten days to go. Update #9 is the big one, announcing that Chris Huelsbeck, a venerated Commodore 64 composer, is on board and will provide original music for Unknown Realm. The extent of his involvement is dependent on the stretch goals the project achieves, which brings us to Update #10. It reveals a number of new stretch goals going up to $200,000. They include things like a new game mode, mouse support for PC, release on additional platforms, and more. Finally, Update #11 informs that Unknown Realm is now live on Steam Greenlight and urges backers to spread the news.
We'll keep you informed about further developments on this campaign during its final days. For now, a little bit about who Chris Huelsbeck is:
In case you don't know who Chris Huelsbeck is, he is an award winning composer and sound designer best known for his work in the video games industry for over 30 years. At age 14 he acquired his first computer, and started programming and composing music on the beloved Commodore 64. He creates memorable music ranging from elaborate electronic compositions to full orchestral scores as well as many other music styles. Some of his credits include projects like the Star Wars Rogue Squadron Series, Turrican, and Giana Sisters. His achievements also include 3 of the highest funded music Kickstarter campaigns in recent history.
As you already know, the PC version of Unknown Realm has the world’s first in-game “Hybrid Soundtrack” system, which will allow players to switch back and forth in real time between SID and modern music. Chris’s background makes him a perfect fit for a soundtrack like this and he will be creating both SID and modern versions of songs for Unknown Realm.
The amount of music Chris can create for Unknown Realm is dependent on our music budget, which at the moment doesn’t support what we really want to accomplish with our soundtrack. As many of you know, music is an integral part of the classic 80's RPG and our wish is to create a truly special and memorable soundtrack that you can enjoy and listen to for years to come. Here is just a taste of some of Chris’s SID music.