Blizzard has announced a cooperative effort with the Eminence Symphony Orchestra to release two CD music set featuring newly orchestrated music from Blizzard games entitled Echoes of War.
The fully orchestrated music on the two CDs pay tribute to titles such as Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft, as well as music based on the new Starcraft II, WOW: Wrath of the Lich King and Diablo III. One of the new Diablo III tracks features a special composition by the critically acclaimed Kō Ōtani, who is most well known for his soundtrack to Shadow of the Colossus, as well as many anime series.
There will be two editions of the package. The standard edition, which will come with just the music CDs and will cost US $29.95 and a Legendary Edition for US $49.95. The Legendary edition will be a limited offer and will feature a making of DVD as well as 9 art cards based on the games as can be seen below.
The tracklist is as follows:
From Warcraft III
The Third War Symphony
1. Journey to Kalimdor
2. Eternity’s End
From World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
The Shadow of the Legion Symphony
3. A Tenuous Pact
4. Anar’alah Belore
5. The Betrayer and The Sun King From World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 6. The Visions of the Lich King Overture
From StarCraft and StarCraft: Ghost
The Koprulu Symphony
7. No Matter the Cost
8. En Taro Adun
9. Eradicate and Evolve
10. Victorious but not unscarred From Starcraft II
11. The Hyperion Overture
From Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III
The Symphony of Sanctuary
12. The Eternal Conflict
13. Legacy of Terror
14. Children of the Worldstone
15: BONUS: Last Angel
The Legendary Edition will be released on the 1st of November, the Standard Edition on the 22nd of November, and both editions can be pre-ordered currently on the Eminence website.
Rock on, Diablo Fans! I just placed an order for the Legendary Edition, which will only have a single limited production run. FYI, I'm pretty hyped about this.
I hate to sound like a non diablo fan, but is it really worth it?
The art I doubt is new (they aren't very big anyway), and I don't really care about watching people play music, I just want to listen to them. It doesn't say whats in the booklet either. And what is this 'Taking On Diablo' thing?
However, if it was something like a sword or some item of clothing or a book from Diablo, I would definitely get it.
The art probably isn't new, but it's printed onto high quality thick art material: perfect for framing up on the wall, and there's nine of them. I'll take these over a cheap poster or a printout any day of the week.
The 'taking on Diablo' thing seems to be an interview with Ko Otani about his Diablo composition and his take on the series and its music. Anyone who's enjoyed both Shadow of the Colossus and Diablo will probably want to check that out.
Anyway, you can just get the cheaper version with just the music in it.