Sound Shapes Gets its Beck On With New Tracks

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Sound Shapes Gets its Beck On With New Tracks

Hello chaps and chapettes!

There’s just under three weeks until the release of Sound Shapes on PS Vita and PS3 on August 7th, and it’s time we sat down and had a serious chat with you. You see, we’ve been keeping a secret from you. Yes, here in Queasy Towers, our glittering skyscraper in downtown Toronto, so beloved by the city that they’re building us a moat (they claim they’re upgrading streetcar lines, but we know what they’re really doing), we have been hiding someone from you.

Sound Shapes on PSN

Although to this point we’ve revealed stars that shine as brightly as Deadmau5, Jim Guthrie, and I Am Robot and Proud, it wasn’t until Wednesday that we were able to sneak out the news that Grammy Award-winning musician Beck—mastermind behind Mellow Gold, Odelay and most recently 2008’s Modern Guilt—has been working with us on three brand new tracks for the game.

Beck’s more than just familiar with the world of video games. In fact, with his 2005 album Guero he actually snuck out a wee EP, Hell Yes, which remixed tracks from that album as chiptunes—and we’re thrilled to have him on board. That’s not to say, however, that Beck sent us “video game music.” One of the powerful things about Beck’s music is the variety of styles he’s comfortable working in. Sure, if you’re looking to have a really good cry that lasts about 52 minutes and 24 seconds, you probably want to cue up his (brilliant) album Sea Change, but in the middle of your weeping you decide you want to get “funky” with a capital “KY”, you just have to skip back to Midnight Vultures. It’s cool, Beck’s like that.

Sound Shapes on PSNSound Shapes on PSN

As a result, Beck gave us three very different songs that form an album: Cities, Touch the People, and Spiral Staircase. Each song shows off a different aspect of Beck’s creativity, and therefore we had to make sure that we did each of those songs justice. Thanks to Sound Shapes’ level creation tools—the same tools players will be able to use with the in-game editor—this album shows just how well you can build fun levels around song structures.

With each song requiring its own visual identity to match Beck’s musical style, we knew we needed the best artists in the business. Luckily, just around the corner from Queasy Towers, we found Pyramid Attack. They’re an animation, art and design studio that can (and does) bring the goods.

In the following video you’ll hear and see the first track from the Beck album, Cities, and you’ll see the game played on PS3. We’ll also talk to Steve Wilson of Pyramid Attack about the process of turning Beck’s music not only into art but play.

Sound Shapes Gets its Beck On With New Tracks

Want more? Say, to hear the other two Beck tracks maybe? Well, then be sure to pick up Sound Shapes. Remember: it’s a cross-play title so whether you pick it up on PS3 or PS Vita, you’ll be able to download it gratis on the other system too. The title launches on August 7th for $14.99, and you can pre-order it starting July 31st as part of the PSN Play promotion and get yourself a bonus exclusive PS3 theme designed by the amazing Cory Schmitz. Oh, and if you’re a PlayStation Plus member, you’ll pick up the title for 20% off ($11.99) for a limited time, including the pre-order period. Bargain!

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  • day 1 purchase :)

    finally, a reason to wipe the dust off my vita :D

  • Definitely getting more interested in this game. It’s great to see something finally coming out for Vita!

  • Can’t wait for this game either. Must have it now! And thanks for making it buy-one-get-both deal. Still I would gladly double dip for the ps3 version.

  • looks pretty cool! what other types of genre is there

  • Totally getting this the second it’s released!

  • Been waiting for this game a long time now!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    Btw if anyone looking for a psvita communtiy to join? You should try out! Be sure to put IVIaster220 refered you. =) We currently have a contest going on for a $20 psn card! Would help pay for the game..

  • now if only they would just make another announcement about all those other apps for the ps vita like frobisher says tag crackle and hulu plus and a bunch other apps they are supposed to release

  • You guys should relocate up to Bolton/Caledon
    Only moat we have around here is the Humber River lol
    Plus it would make my commute much easier once you guys submit to peer pressure and offer me a job ;D

  • vita version here i come!!!!

  • Yuuuuuuck. BECK SUCKS.

  • Has anyone seen anything regarding a UK/EU release date?

    Typically a game that releases one day in the states comes out in the UK the friday after. Hope that’s not the case with this.

    Thanks :D

  • Can’t wait!!! Cross-play!!!

    Is it one trophy set, or 2 trophy sets (PS3 ^ Vita/PS3 v Vita)???

  • Ready to preorder!

  • $12 for this game, awesome but since it a psn game will i be able to play the VITA copy on the ps3

  • im not a huge beck fan but i really want to play this game, im hoping the song/level creator has some real depth to it, im looking forward to making some crazy beats/levels! more info on the creation tools please..

    • More detail soon, but there’s a ton of depth to the editor. The entire campaign was made with the same tool. All of the campaign content (music and artwork) can be mixed and matched to create your own levels.

  • My wallet and Vita are ready. Gimmie.

  • @14: If you’d read the article… you’d have your answer. smh

  • Can’t wait to pick this up, been wanting a new music based game for awhile now.
    Thank you.

    P.S could you release it on Aug 6th as it’s my 30th birthday? haha.
    Still a great day late present that will be a blast i know it.

  • This game has evolved so much since its conception date. The art is more complex and the levels more intricate.
    It’s no longer just simple shapes but actual structures.
    I wonder how much the creation tools have changed.

  • Is there a platinum trophy?

  • That’s good to hear thanks, I will definately stay tuned

  • whens the release for the wii?

  • Can I has it NAO PLEASE

  • Bring it out already!! Been waiting for this since it was announced!! Back when vita was called NGP.

  • Hmmm… Interesting… What was good seems to keep getting better! I’m in! Woot! :D

  • I still don’t get the game, even after I watched many videos…
    Is it only about going through the stages, or does the music plays an important
    part more than just playing on the background?
    Or the music changes the scenario? That’s why sound shapes? Many questions =)

  • Had never heard of this before now. Huge beck fan here, I’ll probably buy this just because of him :P

  • Also to the guy that said “Yuck beck sucks” obviously missed the part right next to the comment box that says dont be a jerk

  • Will there be a demo available? Either way I’m buying the game! I’ve been fascinated by this game since its announcement along with the Vita. And when will the game be released again?

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