The song is said to revolve around the theme of hope, and was recorded with a 120-piece orchestra at Abbey Road, with George Martin’s son, Giles, conducting and Mark Stent, who has worked with Madonna and U2, producing, according to the New York Times.
Although he tweeted in 2012 that he was working with Bungie on the music for “Destiny,” McCartney actually had been developing the game’s score since 2010, Activision said. The game has been in development since 2009.
The final soundtrack, which McCartney worked with “Halo” composers Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori to write, will include a 50-minute suite. Excerpts from the score can be heard above. O’Donnell, however, was let go from the project “without cause,” in April, according to the composer and settled out of court for $95,000.
McCartney is currently on tour and recently performed at Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium.
Activision is putting considerable resources behind “Destiny” in hopes of launching its next billion-dollar franchise after “Call of Duty” and “Skylanders.”
The ambitious game features a budget of over $500 million that covers production and marketing. It’s set 700 years in the future after an event known as “the Collapse” that saw the mysterious dissolution of all human colonies in the solar system and has the remaining survivors living in the last safe city on Earth. Players take on the role of the city’s Guardian as humans try to repopulate and take back control of their colonies from aliens.