Call of Duty: Black Ops II deploys on November 13th for Xbox 360 and PS3 and as we’ve seen from the early footage the highly-anticipated sequel will take place partly in a bleak near-future setting. With this in mind, who better to add noise to the gameplay than Nine Inch Nails frontman and industrial misery maestro Trent Reznor?
It’s far from the first time Reznor has stepped into the gaming arena and cut his teeth by creating the haunted tunes heard throughout the 1996 classic horror/sci-fi shooter Quake. Despite his band’s appearance on one popular game’s soundtrack Trent’s black little heart was set on Doom, but sadly for the singer a deal to be Sound Manager on 2003’s Doom 3 fell through due to “time, money and bad management”.
In 2007 Nine Inch Nails released the album “Year Zero” which was produced as a conceptual album based on an alternate view of our reality and governments. The album was also partnered by the launch of a game of the same name. Where critics viewed this as a marketing ploy for the new CD gaming fan Reznor hit back saying that the music and gaming crossover project was “a new entertainment form”.
After recently working on soundtracks for the U.S movie remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Reznor will be turning his creativeness to games once more with Call of Duty: Black Ops II – a first person shooter based around a fictional cold war between China and the United States.
Trent will create the main theme for the follow-up to 2010’s original Black Ops and in trademark dark thoughtfulness told USA Today that “There is a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface. So it didn’t make sense to have a gung-ho patriotic feeling kind of theme song. It has to feel weighty.” – Deep.
In more exciting Call of Duty: Black Ops II news, a trailer featuring the new bad guy has been unveiled. The video introduces gamers to Raul Menendez – a self-professed “messiah for the 99 per cent” – who wants to heat up the cold war which is the central theme of the game!