Less than a week after receiving a Grammy nomination for his work on Journey, composer Austin Wintory has picked up another job -- Leisure Suit Larry and the Land of the Lounge Lizards. The Kickstarter funded remake of the classic adventure game has the support of series founder Al Lowe, and now it has a Grammy nominated composer penning its score. For a game about Larry losing his virginity, eh, they could do worse.
Wintory talked to Polygon about how he ended up signing onto the project:
"Al Lowe, the original creator, reached out to me a little while ago. The team that's remaking it, Replay Games, they had been fans of Journey. It's actually shocking that they would think to call me because they couldn't be more opposite of each other."
It appears as if Wintory is a fan of the franchise (who isn't) and being a part of it is a sort pleasure for him. As a retro gamer who recalls playing Leisure Suit Larry as a young and naive gentleman, I can see Wintory's point of view.
"That's my era as a gamer growing up. This was like a fantasy to work on a game like that."
This won't be Wintory's first project after Journey, he is doing work for a few other indie projects including another Kickstarter darling, The Banner Saga, and GDC award winner Monaco. It's rather respectable to find Wintory dedicated to supporting smaller, independent projects. Perhaps the windfall of being nominated for a Grammy hasn't reached him yet, or perhaps he just loves being indie.
For a taste of what sort of sound to expect from the Leisure Suit Larry score, here's the classic theme as heard on a classic Tandy IBM PC. Uh, watch out for the graphic 8-bit content, I suppose.