You may think it’s pretty hilarious that a goofy pixel art game about throwing bones at bats wound up defining the beloved Survivors-like genre, leading the Nintendo Switch charts, and winning the BAFTA award for Best Game. But you know what’s even funnier than that? I’ll tell you what: recording the soundtrack with a 56-piece orchestra! (To be more precise: it was the Budapest Art Orchestra and recordings took place over various sessions!)
In celebration of the Save And Sound video game music event (on Steam now until the 14th of September), Vampire Survivors developer poncle has, for the first time, released a 10-minute clip showing a recording of their lushious orchestral soundtrack!
The Vampire Survivors soundtrack was penned by Daniele Zandara, with additional contributions from Filippo Vicarelli and William Davis. Originally recorded using simple digital software, the game’s extraordinary popularity allowed poncle to re-record it with a full-blown orchestra.
Here are the fantastic press release details.
Vampire Survivors Orchestra Soundtrack Recordings Press Release
- New: Peji Eighteen Orchestral version
- New: When the Clouds Drown Orchestral version
- New: Before Concession Orchestral version
- New: Cosmic Delight Orchestral version
- Previously released: Tides of the Foscari Orchestra
- Steam page
In celebration of the Save And Sound video game music event (coming to Steam from 11th to 14th September), Vampire Survivors developer poncle has, for the first time, released a 10-minute clip showing a recording of their lushious orchestral soundtrack!
The Vampire Survivors soundtrack was penned by Daniele Zandara, with additional contributions from Filippo Vicarelli and William Davis. Originally recorded using simple digital software, the game’s extraordinary popularity allowed poncle to re-record it with a full-blown orchestra. The soundtrack was recorded over multiple sessions by the Budapest Art Orchestra, with the biggest session comprising of 56 musicians.
Quote from the developer:
“Vampire Survivors owes a lot to the soundtrack,’ said poncle founder and rumoured vampire Luca Galante. “I had the songs on repeat during the early stages of development, and I couldn’t have made the game without the contributions of our composers Danielle, Fillipo and Will. Well, I probably could have made it without them, but it would have been much worse. Anyway, it’s surreal seeing the songs being recorded by a whole proper orchestra, and we can’t thank our players enough for making this possible!”
About Vampire Survivors
Mow down thousands of night creatures and survive until dawn! Vampire Survivors is a gothic horror casual game with rogue-lite elements, where your choices can allow you to quickly snowball against the hundreds of monsters thrown at you.
The genre-defining “be the bullet hell” action game is a multi-million seller, was the highest-rated Steam game of 2022 (over 190,000 reviews, 98% overwhelmingly positive), is one the most played games on Steam Deck, won 2 Baftas (including “Best Game”) and was featured on the New Yorker’s “Best Video Games 2022” list. Vampire Survivors is currently available on PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, Android and iOS and does not feature any vampires.
About developer Poncle
‘poncle’ is a small game dev studio founded by Luca Galante, based in London. After cutting his teeth (fangs?) on a series of HTML5 projects, Luca developed Vampire Survivors as a pandemic pastime, hoping to improve his skills as a developer. The game was an unexpected smash hit and has gathered a massive cult following. Today, poncle is a merry band of programmers, designers, artists and other game-making folks, working in dialogue with their community of players to make Vampire Survivors the best it can be.
Vampire Survivors: Unveiling the Symphony of Shadows
In an enchanting blend of art and music, Vampire Survivors’ orchestral soundtrack mesmerizes. From digital melodies to the harmonious crescendos of a live orchestra, this musical odyssey elevates the game’s immersive experience. Composed by Daniele Zandara, with contributions from Filippo Vicarelli and William Davis, the hauntingly beautiful score comes to life through the Budapest Art Orchestra.
As darkness descends and night creatures emerge, the game’s extraordinary soundtrack adds depth and emotion to the relentless battles, cementing Vampire Survivors as a genre-defining sensation.