Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is scored by Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, Naughty Dog revealed during a presentation today at the studio’s Santa Monica headquarters.
“He’s awesome,” said The Last of Us creative director and writer Neil Druckmann. “He picks and chooses what he works on; he could work on all these big movies. We brought him in here, showed him the game, walked him through the whole story and what we’re trying to do, and he said ‘I want to be a part of this’.”
The Argentine composer’s work on Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Babel (2006) earned him two Academy Awards for Best Score.
“With this music we’re trying to get emotion. We’re not going for horror,” Druckmann explained.
“There’s going to be horrific things happening in this game, but that’s not the focus of it. The monsters aren’t the focus of it, it’s the relationship between Joel and Ellie.”
For a sneak listen at Santaolalla’s work in The Last of Us, watch the debut trailer.