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Omni Interactive Audio Scores Three New PC Titles

by Rainier on April 18, 2006 @ 1:58 p.m. PDT

Full service audio production company Omni Interactive Audio today revealed they have created the immersive musical scores for several new computer game titles including: Perpetual's Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, Big Huge Games' Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends and NCsoft's Guild Wars Factions.

Co-founded by former Senior Audio Director at Electronic Arts Seattle, Alistair Hirst and Senior Sound Artist Robert Ridihalgh, with a veteran team of audio producers featuring noted sound designers, composers and recording engineers from both the video game and record industries, Omni Interactive Audio provides music, sound effects and voice production services for AAA computer and video game titles. By contracting out audio work to Omni, game companies are able to take advantage of their large team with a broad range of expertise and experience, including all technical aspects of integrating and mixing the audio in-game.

Among their latest high-profile soundtrack projects is the hotly anticipated online action role-playing game Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising (www.godsandheroes.com), developed by Perpetual Entertainment, for which Omni was commissioned to create an original musical score in addition to creating and implementing the sound effects and voiceovers. “Writing and producing the music for this game has been a fantastic experience,“ said Hirst. “We have created a sweeping score to match the gorgeous landscapes in the game, and big exciting battle music cues for the epic squad based battles.”

For the upcoming fantasy-based Real-Time-Strategy game Rise of Legends (www.riseoflegends.com), the successor to Rise of Nations developed by Big Huge Games, Omni were responsible for creating, integrating and mixing all the sound effects, as well as audio post production for the game’s cinematics. Bryan Reynolds, President of Big Huge Games, commented,”Omni has been fantastic. They came out and worked closely with us to establish a sound design we were all happy with, and then we were able to just turn them loose with our sound tools and they did a great job with very little intervention needed on our part."

Guy Whitmore, Audio Director, Microsoft Game Studios: Studio RX, added, "Where most sound design houses stop short, Omni follows through to the end. The fact that they have extensive experience with game audio integration and scripting makes them worth their weight in gold! With Omni, gone are the days of throwing audio over the fence to a developer; they work closely with developers to ensure a great sound design and audio mix. Plus, they simply create excellent sounds."

Building on their previous sound effects work for Guild Wars (www.guildwars.com), the best selling multiplayer action-RPG from developer ArenaNet, the upcoming stand alone expansion pack Guild Wars Factions will also feature original sound effects and cinematic audio post production provided by Omni. This is the second game from ArenaNet, which was founded by some of the key members of the creative teams behind the hit games Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo, and the creators of Battle.net. Guild Wars Factions will be available in stores worldwide on April 28, 2006.

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