Chris Huelsbeck returns to Commodore 64 game composition

Chris Huelsbeck, the artist behind the scores of Turrican and Giana Sisters, has revealed that he will make a return to composing on the computer that made him famous: the Commodore 64. It was revealed today that Huelsbeck will pen the soundtrack for the recently crowdfunded title Unknown Realm, an 8-bit RPG being co-developer for PCs and C64.


Huelsbeck will be make his music for Unknown Realm in two versions: a chiptune version using the SID chip and a modern version using current samplers. The PC version of Unknown Realm will feature an in-game “hybrid soundtrack” system, which will allow players to switch back and forth in real time between SID and modern music.

The amount that Huelsbeck will score depends on how much money the campaign raises. While he is already attached to create some of the soundtrack, he’ll be able to score the entire thing if it reaches its top stretch goal. Huelsbeck has revealed that this will be the first time he has composed a C64 game since 1991!

Posted on January 7, 2017 by Chris Greening. Last modified on January 7, 2017.

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