Composer Jeff Kurtenacker is working on making the WildStar soundtrack available again

    
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You might not think that WildStar’s soundtrack is one of the greatest MMO soundtracks of all time, but that’s not the consensus opinion. It’s legitimately an amazing soundtrack expertly composed by Jeff Kurtenacker, and it makes for great listening even if you weren’t as fond of the game itself. Which makes it truly a matter of adding insult to injury that NCsoft removed the option to buy the soundtrack last month.

Last weekend, Kurtenacker responded to a fan asking about how to find the soundtrack by clarifying that some pieces of music are still available on YouTube or on his personal SoundCloud, but that’s not really the whole soundtrack. The light at the end of the tunnel is that he is working matters out with NCsoft and the record label to make the soundtrack available once more, so hopefully that can happen sooner rather than later. It’d be a true shame to lose that soundtrack when the game is already gone.

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Max Sand

I liked Wildstar a lot and one of the main reasons was the music. I still consider it my favorite soundtrack of a game, of all time. I get why NCsoft would close the game, but it would be a nice gesture to people like me for them to release the soundtrack.

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Fenrir Wolf

Indeed, WildStar didn’t lack in its musical aesthetic in any way. I’d have to disagree with that, too. Those weren’t the three sticking points for me that soured the experience.

1.) They were too invested in being the new WoW and ruined the fun of the game by focusing far too much on RNG and grind;

2.) They really didn’t push the Sci-Fi element enough so some parts of it looked too dated, and far too similar to WoW for what the setting was supposed to be;

3.) The humour, where they outdid WoW’s awkward pop-culture references by making every bloody person you meet a horrible, irredeemable sociopath.

This concerns me. Why are Americans obsessed with sociopaths, parasites, and manipulators? The entire nation seems so very hot for what psychology calls the dark triad. This is hardly the only example, too, there are many. I remember when my partner was still in America, just how soul-crushingly disappointed they were with a life sim called My Fantasy Life.

The British translation had polite, upbeat, lovely people who were kind. Everyone in the American translation was an arsehole! I’ve actually seen the rare American dread American localisations for this reason, that they’re scared that these kind, open, and caring people will become monsters.

I remember that was the case with Solatorobo, which had a UK release first. I remember a couple of Americans that were dreading the localisation of that so much that XSEED had to come out and say that aside from localising some spellings, they weren’t changing anything.

WildStar was deeply unpleasant and unnerving. Why was every person one could meet so full of hatred? This is the side of — and I hope you’ll forgive me — American entertainment that I dislike. I feel it all comes from insecurity, that it’s a schadenfreude thing. If the character on telly is a meanie, the person watching can feel better about their own miserable choices.

A similar reason to why America seems to be obsessed with those chicken-like pseudodragons as I’ve brought up before, since digging into it I’ve found out that the real reason guys don’t seem to like six-limbed dragons is because in their sapience they’re too lefty, too patient, and too kind. Their GFs are way too into these patient, kindly beasts.

What the modern young American man is insecure about these days is as baffling as it is vexing. It seems to be almost everything. The common belief is that their insecurity has gone so far that they don’t even wipe because they’re afraid a little anal pleasure might turn them GAY. Oh, the humanity.

Well, wipe properly anyway.

And it’s disappointing. America can be responsible for some particularly grand bits of entertainment which are both more progressive and appreciate the value of empathy. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a fantastic example of this, but it’s rare compared to the unrelenting tide, the deafening torrent of titles which embrace nastiness.

I know it has something to do with the Millennial generation, but that just makes me feel pity for them. I’m not saying that they’re in any way responsible, but it seems like even with introverted personalities, their parents have forced social pressure on them to such an unreasonable degree they haven’t had any chances to develop their depth. That’s… unfortunate.

And WildStar was endemic of that. See, I don’t understand the appeal and I find the more extreme cases of sociopathy and narcissism to be untenable. They serve as entertainment’s mould, I feel a little ill whenever I’m exposed to them.

They are the mould on the bread of America’s great entertainment industry. Which is why, I think, that American entertainment has become a less valuable export of late. It might even be why smaller networks like Netflix are experiencing remarkable growth while the old networks are shrinking. Netflix seems to be able to grasp that introverts and empaths do actually exist.

I’ve loved a lot of their output. High-Score Girl, Saiki K, and especially The Dragon Prince (which, joy of joys, has a four-legged, six-limbed dragon because to hell with inane male insecurities!).

It’s interesting compared to how different things were in the late ’90s. I’ve oft seen the odd American express wistfulness about how they wish things were like the late ’90s again as today things are more PC. I feel a floating sensation whenever I read this, as if I’m losing my grip on reality, my very attachment to the physical world I know. I mean, really? Honestly? Did they never watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

There were so many cartoons around that time too that had representation so far beyond what anything barring Steven Universe does today. Extreme Ghostbusters, for example, covered: shut-in introverts, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, subcultures (especially goth), gay people, middle-class black people and how they were forced to deal with expectations of their “urban”-ness, and so on.

I remember Extreme Ghostbusters fondly as having a really diverse cast. And no matter how much they squabbled they were always there for one another. It was night and day versus much of American entertainment today.

And I’m sad about it. That’s why I quickly rejected WildStar as a cancerous experience, it was yet another meant for insecure young men who erroneously believe they need that sort of thing. When games which groom young folk to be sociopaths is absolutely the very last thing we need, on a very big list of things we don’t need from entertainment.

And that’s a bloody crying shame! WildStar had some good ideas!The jobs, for example, where one could be a scientist or an explorer. That was — to put it in an ancient vernacular unearthed by Tumblr archaeologists — my jam!

WildStar would’ve benefited from being more like Fallout 76, which is so strange to type I can’t even do it without twitching. It’s a game that would’ve actually been better without all of the NPCs. If it were just a glorious celebration of parkour shenanigans then I absolutely would’ve seen it through till the end, and celebrated it!

It was… unfortunately not that.

It’s interesting too as the American friends I’ve spoken with disliked these particularly odd obsessions in WildStar even more than the RNG and grind. I honestly feel that’s why it failed.

Indeed, good music though.

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Tee Parsley

What a great screed!

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Bruno Brito

I don’t know where you took that all the characters on Wildstar are sociopathic. Sadie wasn’t. Deadeye wasn’t. The Aurin queen wasn’t. Hell, even some Dominion characters ( the church paladin comes to mind ) weren’t.

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hypothesizethat

This is a really strange rant to go off on that doesn’t even describe WildStar. A “cancerous experience”? Were we even playing the same game? WildStar was goofy and upbeat while simultaneously tackling an ominous storyline. Nothing in WildStar “groomed” anyone to be a sociopath. Quite frankly, I think you’re off your rocker.

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Chris Neal

Kurtenacker’s responses to my question via Twitter about the song “Our Perception of Beauty” immediately endeared his passion for the project to me, so here’s hoping this soundtrack does become available soon.

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Katriana

“amazing soundtrack expertly composted by Jeff Kurtenacker” – I think Jeff composed it, whereas NC Soft is the one that has composted it 😉

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Dankey Kang

What a sad scenario this is.

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hypothesizethat

I will always cherish WildStar’s soundtrack! “Into the Unknown” instantly brings back so many incredible memories (and I know I sat at character creation for far too long just listening to that track). “Our Perception of Beauty” fills me with such hope but also a terribly sad longing. I remember first arriving at the town in Ellevar and standing there in awe of the “Hymn of the Six”. The various remixes that play in Eldan areas strike the perfect balance of fantastic wonder and ominous malevolence. “From the Ashes” lifts me up on my darkest days. And of course who could ever forget “Legend of the Blue Horizon” – the player reaction when this piece released was incredible. It captures the heart and soul of the game! I could go on and on, for every single track on the two volumes of the soundtrack (as well as the several pieces that we had access to in-game but never were released as part of the OST). Jeff Kurtenacker deserves as many accolades as we can heap upon him – as do the performers of his brilliant creations.