The world can be a weird place. Rend has won the 2019 International Film Music Critics Association award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media. It’s the sort of feather in one’s cap that can easily be put up on a game’s store page… except that it can’t be done for Rend because the game has already shut down. It’s almost like an unintentional posthumous recognition.
Of course, composer Neal Acree was dignified and thankful for the award on Twitter, which is certainly well-deserved considering that Rend did have an excellent score. But as we’ve related before, the game failed to catch on and essentially launched into maintenance mode, only to shutter entirely this year following layoffs at Frostkeep Studios. While the game’s private servers are not being touched and can continue to operate, the lonely few on those servers are the only ones who will get to hear this award-winning music now.
Speechless. REND wins the International Film Music Critics Association Award for Best Original Score For A Video Game! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the @IFMCA and congratulations to all of the winners and nominees! https://t.co/wGJ0m2kzup
— Neal Acree (@neal_acree) February 20, 2020