Trent Reznor, who recently composed the theme song for upcoming video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, is set to release the untitled track on the same date as the game comes out, November 13. The news comes from Diffuser, who note that although Reznor was at one point rumoured to be composing all the music for Black Ops II, the Nine Inch Nails frontman only provided the game’s intro song.
As for his intentions behind the music, Reznor explained to USA Today that he has always been a fan of the Call of Duty franchise and wanted to serve the game by delivering a track that served the story as opposed to simply being a war anthem with delusions of grandeur.
“I have always looked to that franchise as the cutting edge of what seemingly unlimited budgets and full-on not cutting any corners can do in the current day and age,” Reznor told USA Today, “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.”
Along with Reznor, Black Ops II also boasts writer David S. Goyer, who was involved in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. You can check out Reznor and Goyer talking about Black Ops II in the clip below.
Watch: Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Behind the Scenes