There’s no denying developer Sumo Digital’s upcoming 3D platformer, Snake Pass, is as much a fond love-letter to those classic, colorful 3D platformers of the N64/PlayStation era as it is a unique take on the conventions and mechanics this sub-genre made popular back in the late 90’s. So it should come as no surprise that iconic video game composer, David Wise, will be leading the creation of the game’s soundtrack.
“Snake Pass is inspired by the classic Rare collectathon platformers of the N64 era, so getting David on board for the soundtrack was imperative to complete our vision,” Seb Liese, creator of Snake Pass explained. “His sunny, tropical compositions blend perfectly with the slithery gameplay. He’s truly a composer of rare talent indeed.”
Wise has helped contribute to the music behind, to list but a few, the likes of Battletoads and many entries in the Donkey Kong series — most recently the series’ Wii U outing, Tropical Freeze. And given Wise’s skill with carving out atmospheric and catchy music, making use of a wide and interesting variety of instruments along the way, it seems like a perfect fit for a game that, from what we’ve already played, could very well end up being an ingenious mix of past and contemporary platforming pleasure. Wise will also be reuniting with former Rare work-mate Grant Kirkhope with Playtonic’s own anticipated 3D platformer, Yooka-Laylee. Snake Pass will be available later this year for PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC.
[Update 2/11] The article has been updated to reflect the correct name of the developer, Sumo Digital.