Transformers: Universe Score - Interview with James Hannigan

Transformers: Universe Score - Interview with James Hannigan

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 2:17am CDT

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Something a little different from Transformers: Universe, the MOBA game by Jagex - an interview with the ears behind the music! Check out below some extracts from this interview with James Hannigan, who also scored the videogames for Lord Of The Rings, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Command And Conquer among others, on Examiner.com.

Let’s first talk about your recent work on the new “Transformers Universe” game. What inspired you to get involved with the project? What has impressed you most about working on this game?

JH: I enjoyed Transformers as a child and I’m just one of those people who finds it difficult not to get excited by large, warring robots. I particularly like how they’re partially organic as well and have such distinctive personalities. Basically, I’m a sucker for the mythic theme of ‘good vs. evil’; not to mention being a sci-fi and fantasy buff in general.

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Did you also take some inspiration from the music that composers such as Steve Jablonsky and Brian Tyler wrote for the films and animated television series that would help make your score fit in the Transformers Universe musically?

JH: Not specifically, although I love the work of those composers. I was merely trying to, on one level, create music that fit into the wider world of Transformers (which is already very varied across film and television over decades now) but with a new dimension as well. Some of the music of Transformers Universe is pretty harsh, grinding and mechanical, yet at other times it can be quite minimal and ethereal. The team at Jagex have also been working on music, and their output is also varied, a reflection perhaps of the fact that the Transformers themselves have wildly different personalities.

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What were the recording sessions like?

JH: Very nice and we recorded the Philharmonia at Abbey Road Studios in London for some of the music. It is always a humbling and breathtaking experience to have your music performed by a full orchestra and the level of musicianship among players in London is truly outstanding.

Will a soundtrack album be released?

JH: Very possibly, but I have no details.

Credit(s): Examiner.com


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Re: Transformers: Universe Score - Interview with James Hannigan (1611081)
Posted by Cthulhunicron on October 5th, 2014 @ 1:10pm CDT
Anyone else disappointed that there aren't more classic characters in this game?
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Posted by mooncake623 on October 20th, 2014 @ 8:39am CDT
Jagex the guys behind the Transformers Universe game released some interesting artwork to share with everyone. Check out these reimagining of familiar characters and some new characters as well. We've mirrored the images below for your viewing pleasures and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!

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Re: Transformers: Universe Score - Interview with James Hannigan (1615269)
Posted by dreadwing95 on October 20th, 2014 @ 10:31am CDT
i wish movie megatron looked like that :/
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Posted by griftimus prime on October 20th, 2014 @ 10:54am CDT
those legs do not look good on the rest of that prime.
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Posted by megatronus on October 20th, 2014 @ 11:21am CDT
I would buy that Megatron figure in an instant. Why can't we getting this as a Generations voyager?? :-(

Seriously... it combines the best elements of Animated, WFC, and Prime. I love it.
Re: Transformers: Universe Score - Interview with James Hannigan (1615313)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 20th, 2014 @ 12:16pm CDT
Definitely liking how these work as pre-TF: Prime designs for Optimus, Megs. and Bee.
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Posted by Megatron Wolf on October 20th, 2014 @ 1:26pm CDT
to bad megatron didnt look like that in prime & the movies, the head needs work but the rest looks great. Prime looks good too except for the legs, take movie primes legs & the torso from this prime & thats pure win.
Re: Transformers: Universe Score - Interview with James Hannigan (1615347)
Posted by Optimizzy on October 20th, 2014 @ 1:35pm CDT
Overall I don't like them. I'm not a fan of the super lean designs. Prime looks way too top heavy. Megs, on the other hand, looks good. Don't care for the head but the body looks great. Better than prime megs
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Posted by Peridot on October 20th, 2014 @ 2:36pm CDT
Megatron's head is a bit too generic for my tastes.
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Posted by padfoo on October 20th, 2014 @ 5:38pm CDT
mooncake623 wrote:Jagex the guys behind the Transformers Universe game released some interesting artwork to share with everyone. Check out these reimagining of familiar characters and some new characters as well. We've mirrored the images below for your viewing pleasures and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!

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Megatron, looks amazing and Prime is the back slap king.
Re: Transformers: Universe Score - Interview with James Hannigan (1615436)
Posted by Lockdownhunter on October 20th, 2014 @ 7:51pm CDT
Not a big fan of optimus :-( .Give me beast hunters over this any day.
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The rest are cool. :D


P.S. he looks somewhat like the beast hunters version.Image

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Re: Transformers: Universe Score - Interview with James Hannigan (1615454)
Posted by MasterSoundBlaster on October 20th, 2014 @ 9:32pm CDT
It's like Prime, Animated, and Bayverse all came together and made a baby... A surprisingly good looking baby. I'm actually digging their take on Bumblebee, looks are better than his Prime counterpart even if it's just a few cosmetic changes.
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Posted by Deadput on October 21st, 2014 @ 2:25pm CDT
UHHHHHHH you guys do know there is more right?



Might as well make a new article instead of an update or people wont see these

these are from TFU's site fankit for making fan sites.

And there will also be some new Decepticon concept art later this week



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Snowcat


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Hound



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An updated Wheeljack concept art (different chest then the already released art with Knockout)

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Switchblade

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Brawl


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Ratchet


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Terrocon King



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Posted by megatronus on October 21st, 2014 @ 2:39pm CDT
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:Hound



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You mean War Machine, right? ;)
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Posted by Deadput on October 21st, 2014 @ 3:36pm CDT
megatronus wrote:
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:Hound



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You mean War Machine, right? ;)



LOL thats what i thought at first seeing him



Although i feel he should have more guns on him or just a tripled barreled minigun and maybe add a bullet cigar.





Yeah i like Hound except for the fat part but i can forgive that because he is a bad ass character.





Edit: Also reminds me of Master Chief especially with the orange visor thing above his eyes.
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Posted by Va'al on October 21st, 2014 @ 3:39pm CDT
Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com user and Transformers Universe fan mirageandjazz1197, we have another batch of concept art for the MOBA game to share with everyone, featuring Combaticons, the Terrorcon King, Hound, Ratchet and new Universe characters like Snowcat and Switchblade! Check them out below.

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Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on October 21st, 2014 @ 3:53pm CDT
Alright... that dark energon powered zombie Bruticus looks kinda badass, I like that Snowcat, and I dunno who the APC looking dude with the red head is, but he looks decent.
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Posted by Peridot on October 21st, 2014 @ 4:03pm CDT
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Dreadwing, is that you?
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Posted by hunter4life on October 21st, 2014 @ 4:43pm CDT
that terrorcon combiner somewhat reminds me of a mutated bruticus due to the fact he has a rotor blades on one hand and has missile launchers on his back.
Re: Transformers: Universe Score - Interview with James Hannigan (1615702)
Posted by hunter4life on October 21st, 2014 @ 4:44pm CDT
that terrorcon combiner somewhat reminds me of a mutated bruticus due to the fact he has a rotor blades on one hand and has missile launchers on his back.

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