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EXCLUSIVE: Hear Cancelled Game, Star Wars: First Assault’s INCREDIBLE Main Theme

Posted by Hex on May 6, 2014

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On May the Fourth, game composer Wilbert Roget, II posted the main theme from the cancelled LucasArts game Star Wars: First Assault to his Soundcloud. It was online only briefly, but has resurfaced – and it’s perhaps the greatest piece piece of new Star Wars score in years.

When LucasArts closed in 2012, a number of in-production Star Wars titles were shelved, including the Uncharted-with bounty hunters title: 1313 and the downloadable fist-person shooter, First Assault. Aside from some limited gameplay footage, not much has surfaced from First Assault. Until now:

This leaked song would have been the main theme to Star Wars: First Assault, entitled “The Might of the Empire.” It has familiar thematic elements from John Williams’ film scores, yet approaches the infamous Imperial March with a patriotic, almost John Phillip Sousa pomp and circumstance – giving the feel that we’re watching an Imperial “Support our Troops” film or a legion of troopers parading through a Coruscant square.

The composer and musical supervisor for Star Wars: First Assault, Wilbert Roget, II, leaked the song. It was originally posted on his private Facebook friends for only two hours. When we got our hands on the track we reached out to him and this is what he had to say:

“I spent almost two years on it and it was easily my most significant achievement as a game composer, but more importantly it really was a love letter to both Star Wars fans and game music fans. There’s been a disconnect between what game composers are asked to do and what game players actually want to hear, and since I was both composer and supervisor on [Star Wars: First Assault] it was a rare opportunity to reconcile that.”

When asked on the state of the game itself, Roget shared a tragically familiar story:

“…We were just counting down the weeks until final submission to Microsoft last April. When the studio was closed, people were estimating anywhere from 5-10 weeks until we would’ve gone gold. But with EA at the helm of console [Star Wars] games now, there’s no chance they’ll go back to our work as we used a lot of proprietary stuff built on top of Unreal, and EA uses their own Frostbite engine across the board.”

However, when asked how likely the soundtrack might see the light of day, Roget’s tone changed, stating that he’s “looking into whether or not some kind of a release would be possible. I’m keeping my fingers crossed”

Hearing these classic Star Wars themes in a completely different light is a powerful to say the least. Rest assured, Nerdy Show and our Star Wars speculation podcast, State of the Empire will keep you posted on the latest.

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  • Wow, that is beautiful. I love how It isn’t just the same old thing. It incorporates the classic imperial march, but in a way that makes it feel brand new.

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