With the release of Portal 2 inching ever close on April 18, Valve have announced that the game will feature an original song by indie rock group The National. This means that those of you who still go about your day-to-day activities hopelessly compelled to hum "Still Alive" may be in for yet another earworm when all's said and done with your next encounter with the cerebral, puzzle-filled FPS hybrid. This time, music enthusiasts and hipsters alike can rejoice as the post-punk, country-twanged group will be providing the irresistible tune which will likely define the game. Check out what the folks at Valve have to say about the acquisition just below.
According to Valve writer Chet Faliszek:
"The inclusion of the original song, Still Alive, in the first Portal game was part of what made the game special." Adding: "For Portal 2, we wanted to extend the use of music. When Bug Music mentioned to us that The National might be interested, we jumped at the opportunity to work with them."
As Bug Music Manager Julia Bentley comments:
"After I met with Valve and learned about the intricacies and story line of the first Portal game, I knew The National's music would fit beautifully in the sequel." Adding: "The National's raw and emotive music evokes the same visceral reactions from its listeners that Portal does from its players. It was exciting and a privilege to bring together two exceedingly talented creative teams to create something special for Portal 2."
Looks like they're going to special lengths to ensure Portal 2 has just as much a memorable tune as its legendary predecessor. -- And in making sure that the cake is still a lie.
Source: Press Release