> You’ve said that you’ve re-recorded the music - but the voice acting is the same. How about the sound effects (environment, weapons, vehicles)? Are they re-recorded, as well, or just remastered from the original? Does the visual toggle between old and new extend to an audio toggle?
> Every single audio sound effect has been redone. Some of them have been re-recorded, others have been remastered. Dialogue is the same - identical. (We’re cleaning it up, so it works better in 5.1.) All of the music is being re-recorded by Skywalker Orchestra - the same melodies, though there’ll be some slight tweaks because it’s a full orchestra. It’s richer, fuller, much more expansive production values. Some of the synthy stuff will be less synthy. We’re trying to retain a lot of the original flavor, rather than just replace everything. It’ll sound like the Halo soundtrack, but just richer, fuller.
> When you jump back to the old game, you have new audio. You’ve already got two engines runnning. You have the old gameplay physics and AI engine, and the new graphics layer running on top. We couldn’t run a third engine to do audio emulation, as well. Think about the loading. You see the slight pause, when it switches? Audio files are some of the biggest files - waiting for the switch would be just unpleasant. It’s not jarring at all, this way - when you switch back, if there’s an ambient effect, it just keeps going. We never gave audio serious consideration for that flip, because it would have been a dissonant experience.
I hope the soundtrack hasn’t changed drastically. And where it has changed, it’s been for the good, because I like synth: Covenant Dance