Today, Gun Interactive, the multimedia development company behind the upcoming The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, proudly releases the game’s official soundtrack, as well as Remains, a companion album by Gun CEO Wes Keltner and composer Jim Bonney. Now available digitally on Spotify and Apple Music, the pair of albums arrive a week before the technical test for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, giving fans a taste of what’s in store. “The Massacre,” the OST’s main theme song, is composed of pig screams, chainsaws and scraped metal, as well as other equipment such as the Soma Lyra drone machine. It also features Keltner performing on the Apprehension Engine, the custom-made musical instrument played by Mark Korven and Trent Reznor, among others, and once described by Brian Eno as “the most terrifying musical instrument of all time.”
Remains, the joint companion record by Wes Keltner and Jim Bonney, was musically inspired by desert rock and similar heavy genres, while thematically exploring the events that took place prior to those of the film. As Keltner writes in a Community Hub blog post last year, “This album is a direct reflection of what Kim Henkel wrote, influenced by the events that led to [die van de film] and why the Slaughter family did the things they did. … It’s about that town they grew up in and around.”
Both albums arrive prior to the technical test for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which will be held May 25 and will run through Memorial Day weekend. The test is an invitation to the gaming community from Gun Interactive and Sumo Nottingham to collaborate in the final stages of the game prior to its launch on Aug. 18. The purpose of the event is to document the technical performance and capabilities of the latest playable build for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, not to preview the final product. As the Gun team notes in its Community Hub post, “A technical test differs from a beta because the technical test is more focused on stress testing the game and backend services, allowing our team to adjust the server load and make any adjustments prior to launch. .”
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre takes place in the months leading up to the events of the original 1974 film and features authentic recreations of the locations, characters and footage from the source material. Players control either the Victims or members of the Slaughter Family, including the infamous Leatherface, in a vicious 3-on-4 cat-and-mouse game that transforms the tension and suspense of the film into thrilling, competitive action. The Victims and the Slaughter Family must both use their unique skills to come out on top, while the former use stealth and cleverness to escape their terrifying tormentors, while each member of the Slaughter Family performs relentless and murderous attacks to hunt their prey.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will launch on August 18, 2023 for PC, PlayStation 5 (PS5) and PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, and will launch in Game Pass on Xbox and PC.