A. Quinton — Apr. 12th 2016
A few days ago I put out a call for submissions to a music-themed issue of the werewolf magazine I edit, and in a pleasant coincidence, I received links from readers to two music-related werewolf projects that are definitely worth your time.
First up, a game. Reader Jake Underwood alerted me to the upcoming Windows / OS X Outsider Games release Wailing Heights, a “body-hopping, musical adventure set in a horrific hamlet of monsters”, “home to the likes of vegan werewolves, hipster vampires, soulful zombies” with “glorious 2D artwork from a host of illustrious comic book talent” and a story by Hector: Badge of Carnage writer Kevin Beimers.
The game features an “original soundtrack of indie, pop, soul and country tunes” but I couldn’t find much on which band(s) are handling the music. According to the game’s development blog, The Aos Sí are “providing the jazzy, soulful music of Ada Z and the Zom Bs”, a band that performs in one of the town’s bars. The music in the trailer sounds interesting and period-appropriate.
This is a game about music but it looks incredible. The in-game art and cut scenes are rendered in feverish comic book detail by artists like John McFarlane (The Revenants), Glenn Fabry (Preacher), John McCrea (Hitman), PJ Holden (Judge Dredd) and Ruairí Coleman (Turok: Dinosaur Hunter). This interview with Coleman hints at a lot of unlockable in-game comics that explore the backstories of Wailing Heights’ resident zombies, vampires and werewolves. There’s a lot to explore in Wailing Heights, but I would be happy to just chill out in this werewolf bar.
With a release date of “Spring 2016”, Wailing Heights should be available to play sometime in the next two months. You can follow its development on Steam, the development blog, or the Outsider Games Facebook or Twitter accounts.
I have another music-related item to share, but I have to watch it first!