Tomorrow, Hideo Kojima’s much-anticipated new game, Death Stranding, comes to PS4, boasting a soundtrack that includes the likes of Chvrches, The Neighbourhood, Major Lazer, Khalid and Bring Me The Horizon.
Now, the latter have shared their contribution to the soundtrack, a track called ‘Ludens’.
“Death Stranding is a game I’ve been waiting for long before collaborating with them was on the table,” explains frontman Oli Sykes about their song’s inclusion
“Kojima-san is one of the few people I would call a hero to me, so making a track for his first game since Konami was equal parts daunting, stressful & exciting.”
The track is something of a departure for the band; a cinematic, primarily electronic track with a distinct cyberpunk feel.
Sykes expanded on the track in a recent interview with NME, explaining that the song frantically came together in a week’s time while on tour around Eastern Europe, setting up a studio in hotel rooms every day.
Sykes also spoke about the lyrical inspiration for the new track.
“It uses quotes from the game and stuff, but I’m talking about the bigger picture. We need to be our own heroes. We need a new way of looking at things. Greta Thunberg has shown us that – it’s crazy, but this kid has proven that we can be our own leaders.
“We don’t need to wait for these other people. It goes through the motions of what’s wrong with the world and what we can do to fix it.”
In the interview, Sykes also talked about how looking ahead, Bring Me the Horizon were looking to move away from traditional album formats to make shorter records in the future.
“We’re not going to do an album again, maybe ever. We’re thinking about doing shorter records. I don’t want to say we’re going to do something and not live up to it, but the plan is to release multiple records next year.
I’m really proud of amo, but it was such a fucking ballache to make. We spent a whole fucking year of our lives making that record. Part of me was like, ‘For what? We’re never going to get to play all of those songs’. You have to ration your creativity over all your songs. You write a really cool pop song then you have to write a heavy song to balance out, then you need to think about singles.”
Bring Me the Horizon’s last album, amo, was released this year.