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Sound Design with Michael Curran

A screenshot of physical sound colliders in Ara: History Untold.

We’ve got some exciting news to share with you, and it’s music to our ears – literally!

Last week, we dropped a fresh episode of our Dev Diary series, and this time, it’s all about the mesmerizing Music and Sound Design of Ara: History Untold. Our host, Steven Bell, sat down with the Audio Director himself, Michael Curran, to take you on a journey through the audio wonderland that makes Ara’s Living World come alive!

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Michael shares with us how the magic of Ara’s audio mix is generated from the very fabric of the game world, including the Improvements, citizens, and animals. All of these elements are woven together to create a complete and immersive soundscape that makes you feel like you are stepping right into history.

But there’s more! Ara’s musical scores are a masterpiece in themselves. Each score is recorded in five layers, which automatically adjust to provide players with a unique mix based on their choices. It’s an auditory experience tailored to your gameplay, and it’s bound to leave you in awe.

To top it off, we’ve got a preview of Ara’s soundtrack available right now on Spotify and other music streaming platforms. It’s the perfect way to get a taste of the auditory masterpiece that awaits you in-game.

And as always, we want to know what gets your curiosity buzzing. What topics would you like us to tackle in future episodes? Head over to our YouTube channel, hit that subscribe button, and watch the full Dev Diary episode. Your support keeps us going, and together, we’re shaping the soundscape of history – one note at a time!